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Speakers

October 12-14, 2007
Sheraton Universal Hotel
Universal City, California


Tommy Chong

Rick Steves

James Anthony, Esq., Oakland, CA, NORML Legal Committee, specializes in land use and zoning issues regarding medical cannabis dispensaries.

Paul Armentano is the Senior Policy Analyst for NORML and the NORML Foundation.  His work has appeared in over 500 publications, including The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Los Angeles Times.

Russell Belville is the host of the “Radical” Russ Belville radio show, and is a member of Oregon NORML.

Lee Berger, Esq., Portland, OR, NORML Legal Committee and VoterPower

Ruth Bergner is the author of I Smoke Pot With My Family: Speaking Up at 85 and an octogenarian cannabis consumer.

Klara Bergner, San Diego, CA, is Ruth Bergner’s granddaughter.

Tommy Chong is an actor and comedian who has starred in more than seven feature films and had a recurring role on the popular television series That 70s Show.  He serves on NORML’s Advisory Board.

Chris Conrad, El Cerrito, CA, Author/Activist, is an internationally recognized and court-qualified expert on cannabis.  He is author of the books Hemp for Health and Hemp: Lifeline to the Future.

Valerie Corral is a medical marijuana patient advocate and co-founder of the Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) collective in Santa Cruz.  She serves on NORML’s Advisory Board.

Michael Corral is co-founder of Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) and it’s master gardener.

Richard Cowan is the founder and editor of MarijuanaNews.com.  He is a former Executive Director of NORML and was the 2001 recipient of NORML’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stephen Dillon, Esq. is an attorney in Indianapolis specializing in criminal defense and constitutional law, and is the founder and State Coordinator of Indiana NORML.  He Chairs NORML’s Board of Directors.

Don Duncan, Los Angeles, CA, Americans for Safe Access

Mitchell Earleywine, Ph.D is the Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany and is the author of the book Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence (Oxford University Press, 2002). He serves on NORML’s Advisory Board.

Ronald Fisher, National Outreach Coordinator, NORML, founded the George Washington University NORML chapter and worked for the national ACLU in Washington, DC.

David Ford is the author of Marijuana, Not Guilty As Charged and Good Medicine, Good Sex!

Fred Gardner, Editor, O’Shaughnessy’s

Dale Gieringer, Ph.D is the State Coordinator of California NORML, and a co-founder of the California Drug Policy Reform Coalition and of Californians for Compassionate Use.  He is the Vice-Chair of NORML’s Board of Directors.

Zenia Gilg, Esq., San Francisco

Debby Goldsberry, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Cannabis Action Network, Berkeley, CA

Chris Goldstein is the producer of NORML’s daily podcast, The NORML Audio Stash.  He formerly hosted Active Voice Radio on KSFR/KSFQ in Santa Fe.

Michael Gray, Common Sense for Drug Policy, is a longtime drug policy reform advocate, as well as an accomplished film screenwriter (The China Syndrome) and author (Drug Crazy).

Jack Herer is the author of the book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, which has sold over 600,000 copies.

Alison Chinn-Holcomb, Esq. is the Director of the ACLU’s Marijuana Education Project in Seattle.  She was awarded the honor of “Super Lawyer” in 2007 from Washington Law & Politics Magazine.

Dominic Holden is a principle of the Seattle Hempfest, recently worked for the ACLU’s ‘Marijuana Education’ Project and serves on NORML’s Board of Directors.

Jeff Jones, Oakland, CA, is the founder of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Club.

Brian & Laura Judy, Red Aphid and NORML webmaster team.

Rob Kampia is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project.

Kris Krane is the Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.  Before joining SSDP, he was the Associate Director of NORML.

Matt Kumin, Esq., San Francisco

Harry Levine, Ph.D, Queens College, NY, is the co-editor of Crack in America and the recent report ‘The Marijuana Arrest Epidemic in New York City, 1997-2006’.

Frank Lucido, MD is a California physician and medical marijuana patient advocate.  In 2004, he founded MedicalBoardWatch.com, which serves as a resource for physicians who have been targeted by the California Medical Board for recommending medical cannabis to their patients.  He serves on NORML’s Advisory Board.

Doug McVay, Common Sense for Drug Policy, has been active in drug policy for 20 years, starting at Iowa NORML. Doug is an information specialist and editor of Drug War Facts.

John P. Morgan, MD is a physician and retired professor of pharmacology at the City University of New York Medical School.  He is co-author (with Lynn Zimmer) of the book Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence. He serves on NORML’s Advisory Board.

Bruce Margolin, Esq. is a long time criminal defense lawyer and the director of Los Angeles NORML.

Madeline Martinez, retired peace officer and grandmother of five, is executive director of the Oregon chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law. A native of California, she has lived in Oregon since 1995, helping to pass the medical marijuana law and defeat recriminalization of marijuana in 1998 as well as helping pass SB 1085 during the 2005 Oregon legislative session. A medical cannabis patient, Martinez routinely organizes events promoting medical marijuana and marijuana legalization, appears on her cable TV show, testifies before the legislature, and serves on government advisory committees including the Oregon Department of Human Services' Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana. She recently agreed to be a chief petitioner for a marijuana legalization initiative in Oregon for 2010.

Martin Martinez, Lifevine, Seattle, WA, is a medical marijuana patient advocate and author of the book The New Prescription: Marijuana as Medicine.  He directs the website CannabisMD.org.

Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D is the founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and is co-author of the book Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Nico, High Times Magazine

Mikki Norris is the Director of the Cannabis Consumers Campaign and is the co-author of the book Shattered Lives: Portraits from America's Drug War.  She was the 2006 recipient of the Pauline Sabin Award “in honor and recognition of the crucial need for and importance of women leadership in ending marijuana prohibition.”

David Nott is the President of the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles. Reason, a monthly magazine published by the Foundation, was named one of the "50 Best Magazines" two straight years by the Chicago Tribune and is described as "a kick-ass, no-holds-barred political magazine" by the New York Post.

William Panzer, Esq., Oakland, CA, is a NORML Legal Committee member and frequent lecturer at NORML legal seminars on the topic of medical cannabis. Bill is a co-author of Prop. 215.

Matthew Robinson, Ph.D is the Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University and is the co-author of the book Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (State University of New York, 2007).

Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D is the Director of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance and is the author of the booklet Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs.

Ed Rosenthal, Author, Quick Publishing

John Sajo has been active in cannabis law reform for over 20 years, first during the mid-1980s with Oregon Marijuana Initiative (OMI), later he served on NORML’s board of directors and now is the director of VoterPower in Oregon.

Joshua Schimburg is the Director of Texas NORML.

Steph Sherer is the founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access.

Timothy Sherwood is the general manager of Coffeeshop Blue Sky, one of 4 dispensaries permitted by the city of Oakland. Mr Sherwood worked at Dennis Peron's San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club in the early 90's (before Prop 215 changed state law). He has 14 years experience in the cannabis industry.

Jeffrey Steinborn, Esq. has practiced criminal law in the Seattle area for nearly 40 years.  He maintains the informational website http://www.potbust.com and serves on NORML’s Board of Directors.

Rick Steves is the host of the popular public television series, "Rick Steves' Europe," and is the author of 22 European travel books.  He serves on NORML’s Advisory Board.

Jesse Stout is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC).  He graduated from Brown University in 2006, where he was active with Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Allen St. Pierre is the Executive Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation.

Keith Stroup, Esq. is the founder and former Executive Director of NORML.  He now serves as the organization’s chief counsel.

Brian Vincente, Esq. is the Executive Director of Sensible Colorado.  The organization is the primary resource for Colorado’s licensed medical marijuana patients. In 2007, Mr. Vicente successfully sued the state of Colorado to remove restrictions improperly limiting patients’ choice of medical marijuana providers.

Ray Warren is the Director of State Policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. Before joining MPP, Ray served two terms as state legislator in the North Carolina House of Representatives, including one term as the deputy minority leader.

Richard Wolfe a native of Ohio, first started working with NORML in the mid-1970s and is credited with successfully lobbying the Ohio legislature to pass a 1978 marijuana decriminalization law that is still on the books today. He serves on NORML’s Board of Directors.