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Erik Altieri is the Executive Director of NORML.

Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and also serves as a faculty member at Oaksterdam University. His writing and research have appeared in over 750 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is a regulator contributor to TheHill.com as well as to numerous other print and online publications, including Freedom Leaf and Alternet.org. Mr. Armentano is the co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009, Chelsea Green), which has been licensed and translated internationally. His most recent book, The Citizen's Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), is available from Whitman Publishing. He is the 2013 Freedom Law School Health Freedom Champion of the Year and the 2013 Alfred R. Lindesmith award recipient in the achievement in the field of scholarship.

Mr. Armentano was the principle investigator for defense counsel in US v Schweder, the first federal evidentiary since 1973 hearing to challenge the constitutionality of cannabis as a schedule I controlled substance. He was also an expert in a successful Canadian constitutional challenge (Crown v Allard) preserving qualified patients right to grow cannabis at home. Mr. Armentano previously provided online content to TheAnswerPage.com, an online medical educational resource that provides daily education to healthcare professionals in 120 countries, as well as Continuing Medical Education credit. A version of this curriculum is now required in New York State for any physician who wishes to participate in the state's medical cannabis program.

David Baugh, an attorney based in Richmond, VA, has been involved in several significant and high profile cases, including the trial of the terrorists in the 1998 bombing of the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; and capital cases in the District of Columbia and Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Baugh is a former president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer and the Richmond Criminal Bar. He frequently lectures on such diverse topics as DNA, the First Amendment, the use of constitutional law as a criminal defense tactic and search and seizure. For his work defending, at the request of the ACLU, the Imperial Wizard of the Pennsylvania Ku Klux Klan, Mr. Baugh was named a Human Rights Hero by the American Bar Association.

David Branfman has been practicing law in San Diego, CA for over thirty-five years. His practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, domain names, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV, and music. Since 2010 he has also developed a specialty in the intersection between intellectual property law and the medical and recreational marijuana industries and speaks and writes regularly on this subject including presentations at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego) and University of San Francisco School of Law, several NORML Legal Committee conferences, and various other cannabis events.

Dave graduated Cum Laude from Alfred University in New York and received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1978. He is an instructor on intellectual property law at the UCSD (University of California, San Diego) Executive Perspective for Scientists & Engineers program. Mr. Branfman is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit San Diego Music Foundation from 2011-2016, Chairman of the Board of the San Diego Film Commission from 1998 – January 2000, and a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 – 2007. He was Legal Chair of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Television Academy for approximately two decades and is a member of the State Bar of California's Intellectual Property Section and its Executive Committee which helps to guide and govern the Section. He is a regular speaker at Comic-Con and has lectured or spoken on entertainment, intellectual property and Internet Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and California Western School of Law.

He has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer® in intellectual property six times since 2007 including most recently this year.

Michael E. Cindrich is one of California's top cannabis attorneys. He is an advocate for cannabis consumers in the state of California and throughout the United States. Mr. Cindrich is the Principal Attorney at the Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich APC, a law firm in San Diego, California focused on the representation of individuals and organizations involved in the cannabis industry. He is Co-Founder, Trustee, and Vice President of Gridiron Cannabis Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on developing medical research, education, and treatment for traumatic brain injury and the associated illnesses faced by current and former NFL football players. In addition, he is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Green Capital Ventures, Inc., a full-service consulting corporation specializing on business and community development within the cannabis and hemp industries. Mr. Cindrich currently serves as Executive Director of the San Diego County chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and is a lifetime member of the national NORML Legal Committee. A former prosecutor, Mr. Cindrich is a San Diego speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an organization of current and former members of law enforcement who support drug regulation rather than prohibition.

Leonard I. Frieling is the creator and chair of the Colorado Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee, Colorado NORML Board Member Emeritus, Life Member NLC, and "rejuvenator" of the "Life Member, NLC" option, 4 decades of criminal defense work, including 8 years chair, Boulder Criminal Defense Bar 2 years chair, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Committee Executive Council. Awarded "Courage Under Fire" for resigning as a judge as a political statement opposing proposed pot offense penalty increases in Lafayette, Colorado. Inventor of the yearly Hunter Thompson Scholarship for the NORML Aspen Conference. With the support and help of our board, we've sponsored one or two complete scholarships for a long list of people who became superstars in the legalization effort internationally. Nationally and occasionally internationally known lecturer, writer, and activist on marijuana legalization issues. My Canary iPhone app LLC member and developer, objectively measures behavioral influence of any substance, including just being tired, on ones performance. Numerous media appearances, including co-hosting Time4Hemp for a number of years. Speaker for LEAP Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Taught classes at University of Colorado. Presented (and helped create) alternate 4/20 events at University of Colorado. Presenter at a number of Denver 4/20 and Boulder 4/20 events. Proud graduate of Rutgers Law, working with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Two terms, Boulder Bar Assoc. Board of Directors. Two terms, Colorado Municipal Judges Association. Two terms, VALE (Victims and Law Enforcement Board) allocating money to victims' groups. Creator of the Colorado Bar Association website. Creator of the Colorado Criminal Bar Association listservs. Life member of the Colorado Criminal Bar Association. Creator of the "life member" option for the CCDB.

Rachel K. Gillette focuses her practice on marijuana/cannabis business licensing and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, civil litigation, corporate formation, and tax matters, including audit representation. She has vast experience in representation of cannabis and hemp businesses, having represented state and locally licensed marijuana and hemp businesses in Colorado since 2010.

Ms. Gillette also regularly represents clients before the IRS's Examinations, Appeals, and Collections Divisions, including marijuana businesses facing the challenges of IRS adjustments under 280E. She has successfully protested local, state and federal tax deficiencies in behalf of her clients, having prevented hundreds of thousands of dollars in incorrectly assessed taxes, interest, and penalties. She can assist individual and business taxpayers in 280E proposed assessments, offers in compromise, audit examinations, innocent spouse claims, sales, use, and employment tax matters, trust fund tax penalty assessments, penalty abatement's, and levy releases.

Ms. Gillette received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal. During law school, she interned with the New Haven Public Defender's office, where she developed her commitment to advocacy for those facing the many challenges of the criminal justice system.

Through her current work with cannabis and hemp businesses in a highly regulated industry, Ms. Gillette remains committed to ending the prohibition of cannabis at the national level and ensuring state licensed and legal marijuana businesses are fairly taxed and regulated.

Gerald "Gerry" Harris Goldstein is a nationally known and respected defense lawyer at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley in San Antonio, Texas. He is a past president of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served as amicus curiae for NACDL in many high-profile cases, including CNN v. Manuel Noriega and Joe Does v. United States, arguing lawyers should not be required to disclose the identity of cash-paying clients on IRS forms.

His forceful Congressional testimony during the 1996 House Waco hearings is credited with helping to turn the tide against further suppression of citizens' rights in America. More recently, he represented Dr. Al-Badr Al Hazmi, a fifth-year radiology resident in San Antonio who was arrested on Sept. 12, 2001. Subsequently, Goldstein testified before Congress on his client's request to speak with counsel.

Gerry Goldstein is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Lawyer's Legal Legends. He also has been profiled in numerous publications, served as an adjunct professor of law at University of Texas School of Law in Austin and at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

He also is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In his role as an adjunct professor, Gerry teaches a course titled Advanced Criminal Law (Defense of a Complex Federal Prosecution). Other lectures and presentations include U.S. Supreme Court updates, Crawford & the Current State of the Hearsay Rule, Crossing the Double Crosser and Federal Appeals.

His published works include: Grand Jury Practice; Pretrial Release; Indictment [Joinder/Severance/Transfer]; Pretrial Motions; Suppression of Evidence; Jury Selection; Trial [Evidence]; Examination of Witnesses; Jury Instructions; Closing Arguments; Creative Trial Techniques; Criminal Issues - Civil Cases; Jury Arguments [Closings to Remember]; Search and Seizure; Life and Hearsay - Post Crawford Era; Federal Appeals; and Supreme Court Review.

Gerry earned his juris doctor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, in 1968. He also graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1965, with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Gerry received a certification in Criminal Law in 1975 from the State Bar of Texas. He holds the following bar admissions: Texas (1968), Colorado (1989), U.S. District Court Western District of Texas (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit (1982), U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit (1979), U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit (1981) and the U.S. Supreme Court (1975).

Gerry Goldstein received NORML's Al Horn Memorial award in 1999, which commemorated a lifetime of advocacy and support for responsible marijuana law reform. He has also received the following honors and awards: Best Lawyers in America, 1987 -- Present; Texas Monthly - Texas Super Lawyers; Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers; Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2003 -- 2007; Scene in SA Monthly - San Antonio's Best Attorneys, San Antonio Law, Top Ten Lawyers, 2004 -- present; Texas Lawyer Legal Legends, 100 Best Lawyers over Last 100 years (100 Year Anniversary of State Bar of Texas), 2000; Fellow, State Bar Foundation, 1976 -- Present; Recipient, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award [Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney in the United States] from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991; Recipient, Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas from the State Bar of Texas, 1991; Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award [Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Advocacy] from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1993; Recipient, John Henry Faulk Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2002; Marquis Who's Who, Who's Who in American Law, 14th Edition, 2006 -- 2008; First Annual Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award, George Washington University, (May, 2016); William S. Sessions American Inns of Court First Annual Goldstein Award of Excellence (2015); San Antonio Bar Association, Joe Frazier Brown, Jr., Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Legal Community & Citizens of Texas, 2016.

He is a member of the following professional associations: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President (1994 -- 1995); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Criminal Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates, President ; Dean's Round Table, University of Texas School of Law; Texas Civil Liberties Union; San Antonio Bar Association; American Bar Association; and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Adam Hudgins was a commercial farmer in North Carolina who moved to Colorado almost three years ago, to work in the marijuana industry. He helped design a vertical canopy grow system based which has now been patented. In Denver, Hudgins managed a 5,000-plant cultivation center that he says "exposed me to all aspects of the cannabis business space and eventually led to forming my current company Emerge Services Group". ESG consults nationally on cannabis issues with groups ranging from existing license holders to pre-license, and they were involved in efforts that led to the recent medical use legalization in South Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas.

Lauren Maytin was born and raised in southeastern Virginia and started coming to Colorado in 1975. That exposure began her love affair with the mountains -- and Aspen in particular. She moved to Colorado in 1989 to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder. After undergraduate school, she lived briefly in Crested Butte and enjoyed life as a skier. Later, she attended the University of Denver, College of Law. From 1999 until 2002, she practiced as a Colorado Deputy State Public Defender, working throughout the state. She moved to New York City for a short time, and then Aspen, delving into complex, mass tort litigation, which focused on illnesses caused by asbestos, for a large NY-based law firm, and began taking on criminal cases again for her own boutique firm. She is a lifetime member of NORML and was the John Flowers Mark NORML Scholarship winner in 2001. She has committed her life to representing those accused of a crime, people in need of an attorney well versed in the constitution. Her practice focuses primarily on criminal defense work and the counseling all involved in the marijuana industry including but not limited to caregivers, patients, doctors, growers, manufacturers, dispensary owners, labs, bankers, investment groups and landlords on all facets of Colorado's medical and retail marijuana laws. She is on the Board of Directors for Colorado NORML and their longest serving board member. She is an active member of the NORML legal committee, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado Bar Association and a proud member of the Cannabis Counsel ©"

Sean T. McAllister is the founding partner of McAllister Garfield P.C., and along with his team of twelve lawyers, the firm focuses its practice on the marijuana industry in Colorado, California, Florida, and Oregon. Sean and his Firm focus on all aspects of marijuana law including regulatory compliance, intellectual property, Indian Law, business transactions, real estate, tax, and civil litigation. In Sean's role as counsel to dispensaries, he has sued state and local regulators over enforcement actions, litigated pesticide standards for marijuana grows, negotiated settlements for rule violations allegations, and drafted licensing/endorsement agreements with celebrity personalities. He played an integral role in the drafting of the 2012 marijuana legalization initiative Amendment 64, approved by the voters of Colorado in November 2012. After law school, Sean served as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of Colorado. Sean is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law, class of 1999. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado and California.

Marc Milavitz specializes in criminal defense. Marc prides himself in providing high quality legal services in these areas for all income levels, and has flexible payment plans available for those who desire such a plan. Marc began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender, and went into private practice in 1993 and started his law firm, The Alternative Law Office of Marc Milavitz, P.C., in 1996, with the goal to continue the high quality of legal representation he had learned in his previous employment for all income levels. During the past twenty-five years, Marc has successfully tried numerous felony and misdemeanor jury trials in both state and federal courts. This includes the case of United States v. Brian Gall, a federal case involving a large drug (ecstasy) conspiracy. Marc was Mr. Gall's trial attorney and was a key member of the appellate team that won at the United States Supreme Court. This landmark case established an exciting and important rule favoring defendants in federal sentencing law. Marc Has been a supporter of NORML since his undergraduate days at UW-Madison and continues to support NORML both as a member and attorney.

Kyndra S. Miller obtained her undergraduate degree from UC San Diego in 1994 and her law degree from the Lincoln School of Law in 2002. She worked as a volunteer lawyer for Americorps before opening her own law firm specializing in entertainment law in Los Angeles. Today she is part of the Pier 5 group of lawyers in San Francisco, providing business, corporate and civil litigation services to medical marijuana patients in CA. She is dedicating her time, energy and spiritual resources to educating the public about the dangers of prohibition and the benefits of marijuana and industrial hemp. Miller is the West Coast coordinator of the NORML Women's Alliance.

Marvin D. Miller has been defending criminal cases for more than 35 years. Admitted in Virginia, Colorado and the District of Columbia, he has represented clients from Maine to Florida, California to New York. He specializes in appeals and has been admitted in the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court. His clients have included a variety of people from pot smokers to political radicals to government officials. In addition to his practice, he lectured in various venues around the country on a wide spectra of topics relating to the defense of criminal cases. He has been active in NORML since its founding and is a founding member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL). He has also been an active member and past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He continues to be active in and serve on the Boards of various non-profit community service organizations.

William H. "Billy" Murphy, Jr. has practiced law for 35 years, including three years as a judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, the highest level Maryland trial court. Mr. Murphy has tried numerous high-profile criminal and civil cases, including some of the most celebrated cases in Maryland history and in the country. In 2004, Mr. Murphy received the Charles Hamilton Houston Award for Lifetime Achievement in Litigation from the University of Baltimore School of Law in "recognition of his career of excellence, innovation and achievement in courtroom advocacy."

Bill Nettles attended and graduated from The Citadel, The military college of South Carolina. He was a private for all of the four undistinguished years he was there. He graduated from Widener Law School where he was on both law review and moot court honor society. Upon graduation, he went to work at the Richland County Public Defender's Office in Columbia, SC. After serving as a Public Defender for 3 years he left and went into private practice doing a mix of criminal defense and civil litigation. During Bill's career has tried several death penalty cases. Two, State vs Allen Shafer and State vs Bobby Lee Holmes were successfully appealed to the United States Supreme Court. Both were reversed and resulted in a life sentence after being sent back to state court.

In 2010, the best boss in the world, President Barack Obama nominated Bill to be United States Attorney for the district of South Carolina. When Bill arrived at the office the focus was on prosecution of drug cases to include street level prosecution. Bill ushered in an era of treating drug addiction as a public health problem. He was a leader in establishing community policing programs and started a drug court in all of the federal courthouses in the district. Bill turned the focus of the criminal division from drugs to white collar. He more than doubled the number of white collar / public corruption lawyers in the office taking the white collar docket from under one quarter of the docket when he arrived to over half when he left. Bill developed a false claims / qut tam practice that took the district from the bottom half to being consistently in the top twelve districts in the country

Bill has returned to private practice where he started a small boutique criminal and civil law practice specializing in trying to make some money. They are currently engaged in several false claims cases and representing numerous individuals which have been accused of criminal activity.

Natman Schaye has been in private practice in Tucson, Arizona for more than twenty-six years. He represents clients at all stages of trial and post-conviction proceedings in both state and federal court. Being sixty miles from the Mexican border, his practice includes a fair number of drug cases. He also devotes substantial time and energy to the defense of clients facing the death penalty. Natman is a life member of NACDL. He served on the Association's board of directors for eight years. He currently co-chairs The Champion Advisory Board. Natman is also a charter and life member of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Natman teaches various aspects of criminal defense at seminars throughout the country. He is devoted to the preservation of personal liberties. He finds judges to be misguided and prosecutors to take up space that could best be utilized for other purposes.

Jeff Wertz was a civil and criminal trial attorney based in Aspen, Colorado for over twenty years. Jeff was raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally trained in civil engineering at Lehigh University, Jeff attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh where he graduated cum laude, made Law Review and was twice elected President of his class. Jeff is a founding partner of his boutique litigation law firm based in Aspen and currently in its 18th year: Feldman & Wertz, LLP. Due to a head injury suffered in 2015, Jeff has had to sharply cut back his trial practice and is currently semi-retired from handling complex litigation matters. Jeff has held licensure in several jurisdictions in the USA and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012. Jeff is the proud owner of Blackacre Farm in the Cayo district of Belize, where he grows coconuts, pineapples, bananas, hardwood and other fruit trees.