Matt Abel, Esq. is a Detroit, Michigan-based defense attorney with more than 20 years experience. He is also a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee.
James Anthony, Esq. is California's leading land use attorney for medical cannabis issues, and a licensed real estate broker. He currently serves as chairperson of the City of Oakland Measure Z Oversight Committee, and is a principle member of Harborside Management Associates, which provides management services to other dispensaries.
Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation and is co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009).
David Bearman, MD is one of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the U.S. in the field of medicinal marijuana. His almost 40 year professional experience in the drug abuse treatment and prevention field includes being the Co-Director of the Haight-Ashbury Drug Treatment Program and being a member of Governor Reagan's Inter Agency Task Force on Drug Abuse. He is Vice President for Credentialing & Quality for the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine.
Russ Belville is the award-winning producer of NORML's podcast, The Daily Audio Stash and the host of NORML's new streaming talk radio show NORML SHOW LIVE: Marijuana Nation. He also serves as NORML's Outreach Coordinator.
Steve Bloom is the co-author (with Shirley Halperin) of Pot Culture: The A to Z Guide to Stoner Language & Life (Abrams Image, 2008). He is a former editor of High Times Magazine and the founder of Celebstoner.com. He is the 2004 recipient of the Hunter S. Thompson NORML Media Award.
Chris Conrad is a court qualified expert witness on marijuana-related matters and is the author of several books, including Hem: Lifeline to the Future (Creative Xpressions, 1994) and Cannabis Yields and Dosage (available for free download at: chrisconrad.com)
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Jessica Corry is a Denver-based public policy analyst, political strategist, and self-described "Republican Mom" who was the target of personal attacks by former DEA chief Karen Tandy. She was recently featured in the Mom's Logic essay, 'Pot Parents: Smoking's Better Than Drinking.'
Steve DeAngelo is Chief Executive Officer of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, one of the largest and most well-respected medical cannabis dispensaries in California. He is also a co-founder and principal of Harborside Management Associates, which provides management services to other dispensaries.
Mitch Earleywine, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and winner of NORML's 2007 Lester Grinspoon Award. He is the author of Understanding Marijuana (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Parents' Guide to Marijuana (High Times Books, 2008). He also serves on NORML's Advisory Board.
Warren Edson, Esq. is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Denver since 1995. Since assisting with the passage of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Amendment, he has worked closely with patients and caregivers, facilitating the return of plants, growing equipment, and cured marijuana.
Omar Figueroa, Esq. is a San Francisco attorney specializing in cannabis cultivation and medical marijuana cases. He is on the faculty at Oaksterdam University and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee.
Dave Fratello directs Coast Campaign Group, a political consulting firm based in the Los Angeles area. He has managed several campaigns for ballot measures reforming drug policies, including the nation's first medical marijuana initiatives and a successful effort to block recriminalization in Oregon in 1998.
Jon Gettman holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University, where his doctoral studies concentrated on regional economic development. He is the author of the 2006 white paper, Marijuana Production in the United States.
Dale Gieringer, PhD is the state Coordinator of California NORML and is the co-author of the book Marijuana Medical Handbook (Quick Publications, 1997, 2008). He is Vice-Chairman of NORML's Board of Directors.
Zenia Gilg, Esq. is a San Francisco-based criminal defense attorney specializing in medicinal cannabis matters, and is a member of the NORML Legal Committee.
Chris Goldstein is the Executive Director of NORML New Jersey, and a spokesman for Pennsylvanians for Medical Marijuana. He is the producer and host of Active Voice Radio, and is the founder of NORML's podcast, The Daily Audio Stash.
Michael Gray is the Chairman of Common Sense for Drug Policy (CSDP) and the author of Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess & How We Can Get Out (Routledge, 2000).
Toby 'Tiger Heart' Grear is a professional mixed martial arts fighter. He holds the lightweight title for the Total Fighting Alliance (TFA) federation, and is a state authorized medicinal marijuana patient in California.
Lester Grinspoon, MD, is a retired professor at the Harvard Medical School and a well published author in the field of drugs and drug policy. He has authored more than 140 articles in scientific journals and twelve books, including Marijuana Reconsidered and Marijuana, The Forbidden Medicine. In 1990 he received the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship and Writing from the Drug Policy Foundation (now Alliance) in Washington, DC. He presently maintains www.marijuana-uses.com, which chronicles real life stories of people who have had positive "non-medical" experiences with marijuana.
Brian Judy as webmaster for the past 9 years has helped NORML grow it's web presence through numerous channels and has been instrumental in developing NORML's social networking strategy. He is also president of Red Aphid Animation and Interactive Media (redaphid.com) which specializes in social networking, educational games and Flash media to help non-profits and socially responsible businesses build community.
Rebecca Kaplan serves as Oakland's sole at large council representative. In November of 2008 she was elected as the youngest and first openly lesbian Oakland City Councilmember. As a member of the city council Ms. Kaplan has campaigned for marijuana law reform policies and was an outspoken proponent of Oakland's Measure F, which imposes the nation's first ever business tax on retail marijuana sales.
Mark Kleiman, PhD is Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He teaches courses on methods of policy analysis and on drug abuse and crime control policy. He is the author of the book Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control and Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic Books, 1992).
Matthew Kumin, Esq. is a civil rights litigator and small business transactions attorney in San Francisco and senior partner at Kumin Sommers LLP. Since the passage of California's Compassionate Use Act in 1996, Matt has counseled numerous medicinal cannabis cooperatives, helping them comply with California corporate and tax law and working to improve the standards of this emerging service sector.
Harry Levine, PhD is Professor of Sociology at Queens College, NY, and is the co-editor of Crack in America and the recent report 'The Marijuana Arrest Epidemic in New York City, 1997-2006'.
Richard Lee is the founder of Oaksterdam University and the proprietor of the Bulldog Coffeeshop. He was one of the driving forces behind the recent passage of Oakland's Measure F, which imposes the nation's first ever business tax on retail marijuana sales, and is presently spearheading The Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which seeks to allow California adults 21 years of age and older to possess and consume, cultivate, and possess small amounts of cannabis.
Frank Lucido, MD, has been practicing Family and General Medicine in Berkeley, California since 1979. He is a member of NORML's Advisory Board and is founder of Lucido Medical-Legal Consulting, which provides expert medical testimony for patients who use cannabis medicinally, and for responsible physicians who recommend it appropriately, both in California, as well as in other states.
Robert MacCoun, PhD is a Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the co-author of Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times, and Places (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
Madeline Martinez is the Executive Director of Oregon NORML and was recently appointed to NORML's Board of Directors. Ms. Martinez is the 2007 recipient of NORML's Pauline Sabin Award in honor of women's leadership in ending marijuana prohibition.
Sean Neumann is a two-time Emmy Award winner and former producer for ESPN. He is currently producing the documentaries Green, a comprehensive study of the economics of marijuana in the state of California, Supermen, an historical look at the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports dating back to the 1950's, and co-producer of Cardboard Diamonds, a look at the rise and fall of the baseball card industry.
William Panzer, Esq. is an Oakland-based criminal defense attorney, a co-author of California's Proposition 215, and a member of NORML's Board of Directors.
Craig Reinarman, PhD is Professor of Sociology and legal studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Drug Research at the University of Amsterdam; a member of the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence; a consultant to the World Health Organization's Program on Substance Abuse; and a principal investigator on research grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice.
Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD is director emerita of the Safety First Project at the Drug Policy Alliance, San Francisco. She received ten National Institute on Drug Abuse grants to study heroin addiction, methadone maintenance treatment, MDMA (Ecstasy), cocaine, and drug use during pregnancy before founding the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance. Dr. Rosenbaum's work over the past ten years has focused on the issue of teenagers and drug use.
Norm Stamper is a 34-year law enforcement veteran and served as police chief for the city of Seattle from 1994 to 2000. He is an advisory board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing (Nation Books, 2005). He also serves on NORML's Advisory Board.
Mark Stepnoski played for thirteen years in the National Football League, during which he won two Super Bowl rings (with the Dallas Cowboys) and was nominated for the Pro Bowl on five occasions. Since retiring from pro football in 2001, Mark has dedicated much of his energy to reforming America's marijuana laws, and serves on NORML's Advisory Board.
Jesse Stout is a Board member of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIpatients.org). His leadership helped make Rhode Island the first state to license and regulate the distribution of medical marijuana through non-profit, independent, retail compassion centers. He is a law student at UC-Hastings.
Rob Van Dam is a former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion, and current action star. He hosts the online series RVD TV and is an advisory board member of the Marijuana Policy Project
Lauren Vazquez in 2004 restarted the UC Santa Barbara NORML chapter. The chapter quickly grew to become one of the most popular campus organizations and most active chapters of NORML. Within two years of forming, the group succeeded in passing Measure P, Santa Barbara's Lowest Police Priority Ordinance. In 2006, NORML named Lauren Student Activist of the Year. Most recently, she graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law, took the CA Bar exam and is currently awaiting her results. She is now in the process of forming the South Bay Chapter of Americans for Safe Access.