Winter Music Conference 2012

Winter Music Conference Announces 2012 Dates

Winter Music Conference
March 16-25, 2012
Miami Beach, FL

***For Immediate Release***

October 12, 2011 – South Florida, U.S.A.

Winter Music Conference (WMC) opened its 2012 season in South Florida today with the announcement of the Winter Music Conference 2012 dates. This will be the 27th annual program for what is largely regarded as the pre-eminent platform on the global music industry calendar for launching new music, technology and trends. Winter Music Conference Week 2012 happens March 16 – 25, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

For 2012, WMC plans to further enhance the WMC experience by delivering ten non-stop days of music programming in Miami Beach and Miami. This expansion will wrap the program week with two full weekends of parties and events. WMC Co-founder, Bill Kelly, explains, “Expanding the WMC dates was an easy decision given the high demand of artists, businesses and industry delegates. Miami Beach and the greater Miami area boast some of the most celebrated event and club venues as well as the hotels and resorts that comprise South Beach’s famed Art Deco District. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and every sort of possible entertainment venue are filled to capacity during WMC Week to the point where five days just wasn’t enough.”

New for 2012, WMC will be unveiling correlated segments of its industry program dedicated to music and fashion on its opening weekend and indie rock meets electronica programming under the WMC Rocks header on the closing weekend, in addition to its standard programming and events. More details will be announced over the coming weeks.

Winter Music Conference 2012

  • Music Meets Fashion: March 16 – 17, 2012
  • DJ Sets, Live Performances & Parties: March 16 – 25, 2012
  • WMC Music Industry Program: March 19 – 24, 2012
  • WMC Trade Show & Exhibits: March 19 – 20, 2012
  • Art & Record Collectors Show: March 24, 2012
  • WMC Rocks: March 23 – 25, 2012
  • Club & Poolside Events: March 16 – 25, 2012

Currently the WMC industry badge is being offered at a promotional Early Registration rate of $275 (over 40% off the Walk-Up rate) until October 26th, 2011. Registration includes access to panels, seminars, featured Q & A’s, the 27th Annual IDMAs, WMC official poolside events, South Beach Sessions, Record Collectors Show, WMC Rocks, trade show & exhibits, workshops (with the exception of the Remixing and Editing Workshops), DJ Spin-Offs, VJ Challenge as well as complimentary or reduced admission to WMC official and sanctioned events for the full ten days of programming.

Marketing opportunities are currently discounted by 30% through December 16, 2011. The WMC registration office and housing bureau is currently open at WMC is also accepting applications, inquiries and requests for panels and workshops, DJ Spin Off, VJ Challenge, showcasing and events.

WMC Office:
3450 NE 12th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Phone: (954) 563-4444 * Fax (954) 563-1599

National Marijuana Policy Experts Convene in Denver for Mile-High Marijuana Summit—To Be Broadcast Live Online This Saturday.

I’d like to invite you to watch a live broadcast of the Mile-High Marijuana Summit online this Saturday November 6 from 7:00PM-10:00PM Mountain Time.

November ballots were host to some of the most consequential elections in recent years involving marijuana. On Nov. 2 Californians voted down an initiative to legalize small amounts of marijuana for adults. South Dakotans and Oregonians voted down medical marijuana initiatives, and in Arizona the vote is too close to call at this time. On Saturday evening experts will discuss the future of local and national marijuana policies. The Summit will be an opportunity for Colorado activists and dispensary owners to convene with national experts for an evening in the mile high city to assess the results of recent elections, discuss implications, and strategize together in light of these results.

Speakers include:

  • Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Executive Director, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), will discuss MAPS’ newest medical marijuana protocol treating veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse are obstructing medical marijuana research.
  • Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, a national organization working to end the war on drugs by promoting policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights
  • Mason Tvert, Executive Director of SAFER, a Denver based organization responsible for Denver’s 2005 and 2007 marijuana initiatives and Colorado State’s 2006 initiative
  • Brian Vicente, Executive Director, Sensible Colorado, the organization is the primary resource for Colorado’s licensed medical marijuana patients, and has engaged in successful litigation involving the “Test Cases” of Denver’s I-100 Ordinance which removed penalties for adult possession of under an ounce of marijuana
  • Aaron Houston, Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, an international organization with hundreds of autonomous chapters on college and high school campuses
  • Sue Sisley, M.D., private practice physician and medical marijuana activist from Phoenix will discuss the Arizona medical marijuana initiative
  • Jeff Jones, Co-founder of Oaksterdam University and lead proponent of California’s Proposition 19, the tax and regulate Cannabis Initiative of 2010
  • Steve Fox, Director of Government Relations, Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization that has played key roles in passing several state’s medical marijuana laws and Massachusetts’ decriminalization initiative

There is still space available in person at the summit, but please RSVP because this space is limited:

Link to live online broadcast:

Enthusiastically yours,

Brian Wallace
MAPS Director of Field Development

 P.S. – Tickets are still available for these other events in Colorado and Los Angeles:



Principles and Practices of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy Workshop (Boulder, Nov. 7)

MAPS/SSDP Autumn Gala Celebration (Boulder, Nov. 7)

Catalysts, Mini-Conference (Los Angeles on Dec. 11-12)

Critical Components Benefactor Dinner (Los Angeles on Dec. 11)

Flux Party (Los Angeles on Dec. 11)

In recent weeks, the NYPD and Washington, D.C.P.D. grabbed headlines with high profile pot busts.  In New York, Kareem Burke, a former business associate of rapper Jay-Z, was one of several caught in an interstate sting, which put the dope on the table.  Before we quote the New York Daily News, let’s re-quote Treme and The Wire creator/executive producer David Simon, whom we agree with on his low opinion of dope on the table police work.

So, you have to look at what the Baltimore Police Department was doing in the war on drugs.  They were consumed by the idea of statistics.  Of dope on the table.  To this day, when a police department puts dope on the table or guns on the table, you know, ‘we did a raid yesterday and we seized these drugs and these guns’ and they call a press conference.  The city is awash in heroin, cocaine, and guns.  Any street cop can go out and make a gun case or certainly a drug case.  It’s like the entire city is swimming and they’ve literally put a beeker of water on the table and gone, look, we’ve done police work.  But dope on the table works.  The cameras always come.  The cameras always say ‘ah, they’re fighting the war on drugs’ and what they’re not doing is anything meaningful in the way of  police work.  They were locking up more people for drugs than ever before, the rates of violence went up, and their ability to solve those crimes of violence went down, because they had taught a whole generation of cops not how to do police work.  They taught them how to go up on the corner and jack a guy up, go in his pockets, get a vial here, a vial there.  To actually solve a string of robberies on your post, to actually solve a murder, to actually solve a string of rapes?  That requires police work.”

Now listen to this lying liar customs agent:

“This isn’t just a group that controlled one block, one neighborhood,” said Jim Hayes special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“They dominated the wholesale marijuana market in New York for 20 years.”

And then they put the dope on the table for all of us folks who missed the 2 second local news piece:

The investigation that derailed the ring was launched 18 months ago after investigators sniffed out the money trail, the law enforcement source said. In addition to rounding up the ring, the feds seized $1 million in drug profits and 177 pounds of pot.

Okay.  First of all, there is no possible way for one operation to control the marijuana trade.  In fact, a state can’t even control the trade, but one is doing an excellent job: California.  177 pounds…is nothing.  Where we sit, in NYC, so much herb is coming from California and from the provinces of Quebec and Vancouver–places where it is not illegal to grow.  Various ethnic cartels have the direct connect to Cali and to Canada, and cannabis is so plentiful–beautiful Cali bud–that I can have unlimited pounds at my door within 30 minutes at almost any hour of the day.  If I had $25,000-$30,000 and wanted 10 lbs. of herb, I could probably name my strain.

Like David Simon says, it’s bullshit police work, a bullshit news story, and a complete waste of taxpayer time and money.  But with the economy in dire straits, police forces are going to play the seizure of assets game to the fullest, right up until the minute that every state goes the way of California.  Still, the federal government says they won’t buy in to the legalization craze.  Just last week, the attorney general said ‘all illegal drugs remain a serious priority, blah, blah, blah.’

Let me translate for you.  States’ rights will prevail, but the federal government reserves the right to start the drug war back up again, when they see fit, even though states’ rights will prevail, and the federal government will be “at war” with its own states.  Nice.

But here’s an even better one, that went down in Washington.  The bang up police force–real crusaders–got some hardened criminals off the street.  Or, at least, out of their backyards.

CBS News chief is facing serious jail time and the loss of his job after cops busted him for growing marijuana in his back yard.

Howard Arenstein, 60, an award-winning reporter and the news-radio station’s Washington bureau chief, was holed up in his Georgetown home yesterday after he and his wife, Orly Katz, were released early Sunday without having to post bail.

Katz, 55, is the Washington-based correspondent for Yediot Ahronot, an Israeli newspaper.

The couple has four grown children.

Police, acting on a tip, raided Arenstein’s home Saturday and discovered 11 “full-grown marijuana plants” in his back yard, each more than 8-feet high, and “six 2-ounce bags of marijuana,” a police spokesman said.

Howard Arenstein and Orly Katz?  With four grown children?  Growing in their backyard?  They had eleven shwaggy outdoor plants and 12 ounces–less than a pound–of gross DC outdoor bud.  The police did rid the streets of an awful operation.  In terms of quality.  But do you know who grows herb in their backyard?  Amateurs.  This is some sort of political dispute, jealous underling, anonymous tip type of bullshit. 

Here’s the kicker.  Jay-Z’s boy and the Arenstein’s have already retained sterling legal counsel who will probably earn their retainers.  Especially in the case of Katz and Arenstein, who maybe had $2500 worth of herb on hand, to be very kind.  No way on earth those 2 go to jail.   Burke will probably get the absolute minimum sentence allowable for his “crimes.”

A beeker of water indeed.  And to what end?

Crack (,

Of course on 4/20 the New York Daily News, and other news outlets that pander to the right wing and the lowest common denominator in society, would publish a poll in which the majority of respondents were backwards medievals, arising from a 4o yr coma to cite their reasons for disapproving legal cannabis, such as “it will lead to other forms of drug use” and “it will increase crime.”

That makes sense.  Legal marijuana equals illegal activity.  Sure.  And I don’t know about you, but I had smoked cigarettes and drank beer before I ever tried a “drug.”  Read the Daily News poll article here, also published in the LA Times:

Of course the right wing media is going to find a few hundred people to spout their backward partyline, on a day where pot smokers, organized in activism, were out in full force across the nation–a truer representation of the cannabis cause than anything you are going to find in some low brow local rag.

Here’s a recent New York Times article on an illegal cannabis selling ring in Brooklyn:

Fascinating that a store on a city street would be selling 1,17o pounds of product per week for years.  All to criminals, miscreants, eventual heroin addicts, and those on the gate-way precipice of crack and crystal meth, we’re sure.  The fact is, you aren’t gonna get a truer sampling of the people’s feeling about marijuana than by looking at a store in a very heavily populated and diverse neighborhood in New York City, where the worst thing that neighbors and customers noticed was people leaving carrying “brown paper bags.”

Sounds terrifying.  The real crime was that this syndicate was getting rich, and that Uncle Sam wasn’t getting a cut.

You are looking at the future right here, and if you want to live it for a bit, take a trip to California, whose floundering economy has one bright spot: cannabis–it’s number one cash crop.  And California is an agricultural state, after all, which should speak volumes about the way cannabis is received there, and how vital it is to people for medical reasons and for their livelihoods.  Yesterday, at Berkeley in Northern California, one of the nation’s finest universities, the students mobilized in support of national 4/20 day.  Check out the following article on the assemblage:

Notice how the article says that the university anticipated no unusual behavior with the rally, and had not planned to do anything special to limit cutting or smoking on campus.  But how could Berkeley of all places, subject themselves to all the potential lawlessness, and spawn a generation of smack addicts?  Heroin addicts usually can’t muster up that kind of tuition money, and their progeny would be less likely to produce Berkeley stock offspring–if they were using hard drugs rather smoking a little marijuana.

Check out the link above, an article about a rally in Boston where 30,000 had gathered.

And these folks in Colorado:

How about this guy, and his mega blunt?

Notice he has even got the 4:20 t-shirt, specific to the Boulder rallies.  I don’t think McCain-Palin were that organized, but McCain did have his wife’s fake philanthropic organization that was a cover so that doctors could write her endless painkiller scripts to deal with, while Governor Palin was staring down Russian neukes from Alaska while her teenage daughter was off making babies.

I love the the above articles’ title, “Opiate for the Mrs.”  It’s a good read on Cindy McCain too.  And for comedy relief, try to take a look at this one:

Oh that Palin…she’ll be good for a laugh for a while to come.  But the cannabis movement?  It’s serious, and it’s the will of the people, despite some ragged poll.  Just look at the masses who rallied yesterday.  As Method Man rapped in Party Crasher:

Burn something.  One toke got me blasted.  Took another toke and I passed it.  Choke.  Fantastic.  Weed is no joke.  Especially that endo (indoor) smoke, mixed with hashish.

And somebody tell that guy with the huge blunt that, now, with modern technology he can go a lot easier on his lungs, and save money by cutting down on the amount of weed he smokes, while getting even higher.  Take a look at Mr. White’s vaporizer, the herbalaire 2.1, which has saved him so much weeed that he has excess to make brownies with.

It’s like our buddy [xxxx] says from Layer Cake, in his opening soliloquy:

Always remember that one day all this drug monkey business will be legal.

Indeed.  The people have spoken.

–Crack (