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Matthew Abel, Esq. of Detroit, MI is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. He is the founder of Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C., a practice entirely devoted to cannabis cases and clients.

Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, and he is the co-author (with Steve Fox and Mason Tvert) of the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009). He is a 2008 recipient of the 'Project Censored Real News Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism,' and his writing has appeared in over 500 publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Ngaio Bealum is a stand up comedian, and is the Editor of the magazine West Coast Cannabis.

Russ Belville is the Outreach Director for NORML, and he is the host and producer of NORML's online media: the NORML SHOW LIVE daily streaming talk radio program, the NORML Daily Audio Stash iTunes podcast, and the NORML Stash Blog.

Leland Berger, Esq. of Portland, OR is chair of the NORML Amicus Curiae Committee as well as chair of Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Legislative Subcommittee on Drug Policy. He assisted in drafting the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, and has worked on its implementation, including impact litigation. He also serves as legal counsel for the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, and on the Board of Legal Advisers for Americans for Safe Access.

David Bienenstock is the West Coast Editor for High Times Medical Marijuana Magazine.

Steve Bloom is the co-author (with Shirley Halperin) of Pot Culture: The A to Z Guide to Stoner Language & Life (Abrams Image, 2008) and the co-author (also with Shirley Halperin) of Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide (Abrams Image, 2010). 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.

Earl Blumenauer is a member of the United States House of Representatives, where he has served since 1996. A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, the Democratic Congressman has devoted his entire career to public service.

Rielle Capler, MHA, is the co-founder of Canadians for Safe Access, which works pro-actively with regional grassroots activists and local, provincial, and federal politicians to protect the rights of those who need cannabis for medical reasons as well as those who risk prosecution by supplying them.

Gregory Carter, MD co-directs the Muscular Dystrophy Association/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center at the University of Washington. His clinical practice is focused on the rehabilitation and palliative care of people with severe neuromuscular disease, particularly amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), with the goal oftrying to improve the quality of lifeand lesseningthe burden of disease for these patients.

Chris Conrad is Executive Editor of the West Coast Leaf, 'the cannabis newspaper of record.' He is the author of several books, including Cannabis Yields and Dosage (Creative Xpressions, 2004) and Hemp for Health: The Medicinal and Nutritional Uses of Cannabis Sativa (Healing Arts Press, 1997).

Danny Danko is the Cultivation Editor for High Times Magazine.

Steve DeAngelo is the Founder and Executive Director of Harborside Health Center, a medical cannabis health center in Oakland, CA.

Anna Diaz is a member of the Oregon NORML Board of Directors.

Stephen Dillon, Esq. is the Chair of NORML's Board of Director. He is the State Coordinator for Indiana NORML, and he is a member of the NORML Legal Committee. Mr. Dillon is the 2009 recipient of NORML's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mitch Earleywine PhD is 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), Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition (Oxford University Press, 2006), and a member of NORML's Advisory Board. He is the 2007 recipient of NORML's Lester Grinspoon Award, recognizing outstanding work in medical cannabis advocacy.

Warren Edson, Esq. of Denver, CO, a partner in the firm of Kumin Sommers LLP and a principal in the Medical Cannabis Counsel, is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Since assisting with the passage of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Amendment, he has worked closely with patients, caregivers and dispensaries, facilitating the return of plants, growing equipment, and cured marijuana.

Richard Evans, Esq. of Northampton, MA maintains the website http://www.cantaxreg.com. He formerly served on NORML's Board of Directors.

Neill Franklin is a 33-year law enforcement veteran of both the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police forces. He is Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an organization of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies.

Sabrina Fendrick is the Executive Assistant to NORML Director Allen St. Pierre and the coordinator for the NORML Women's Alliance.

Greta Gaines is an accomplished singer/songwriter/television host and internationally recognized pro-snowboarder and fly-fisherman. She has won the Women's Extreme Snowboarding World and landed a major recording contract out of Los Angeles. Her song "Firefly" rose to the top of the MP3.com charts. She has toured with the Lilith Fair, opening shows for Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette. Gaines has also hosted the MTV sports and music festival. Greta's latest passion is her character "Gigi Ganjay" and website www.cannibuzz.com where Gigi hosts weekly "stoner crafts and low-cal snack" webisodes and hocks her signature line of apparel.

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. Mr. Gieringer was the 2004 recipient of NORML's Lester Grinspoon Award, recognizing outstanding work in medical cannabis advocacy.

Chris Goldstein serves as a lead advocate at The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey (CMMNJ) and Pennsylvanians for Medical Marijuana (PA4MMJ). He serves on the Board of PhillyNORML and NORML NJ, and was the founder of NORML's highly rated podcast, the NORML Daily Audio Stash.

Stephen Guttwillig is California State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

Jill Harris, Esq. is Managing Director of Public Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance.

Jim Hickam is the Director of the Salem Oregon chapter of NORML.

Alice Huffman is President of the California NAACP. In June, the group announced its 'unconditional support' for California's Proposition 19, stating, "We believe whatever potential harms may be associated with using marijuana are more than outweighed by the immediate harms that derive from being caught up in the criminal justice system."

Jennifer Janichek, MA has worked in the mental health, substance misuse, and harm reduction field for nearly 10 years. Ms. Janichek currently administers a Substance Use & Misuse Clinical Services program at Harborside Health Center, a medical cannabis health center in Oakland, CA. The clinical services offer medical cannabis patients substance use education and harm reduction strategies, peer support groups, and individual brief counseling.

Anthony Johnson is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, where he helped get successful initiatives on the ballot. He is the co-author and Co-Chief Petitioner of Measure 74, Oregon's current ballot measure to establish a regulated medical marijuana supply system statewide.

Gary Johnson served as Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, where he was an outspoken advocate for marijuana law and drug law reform. He now serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative. He has been an advocate for efficient government, lower taxes, winning the war on drug abuse, protection of civil liberties, revitalization of the economy and promoting entrepreneurship and privatization.

Norman Elliot Kent, Esq. of Fort Lauderdale, FL is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and serves on NORML's Board of Directors. Mr. Kent has been actively involved in the defense of medical marijuana users, including the case of Elvy Mussika (one of four legal marijuana users who obtain their medicine from the federal government) and the Key West Buyers' Club.

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Harry Levine, PhD is a Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York. His current research examines the epidemic of racially-biased marijuana arrests in the United States and why, since 1997, New York City has arrested more people for possessing small amounts of marijuana than any city in the world.

Paul Loney, Esq. of Portland, OR is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and serves as Legal Director for Oregon NORML.

Philippe Lucas is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia. He is the founder of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society, a non-profit medical cannabis research and distribution center. He presently serves on the City Council for the city of Victoria, British Columbia.

Frank H. Lucido MD has been practicing Family and General Medicine in Berkeley, California since 1979. Since the passage of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, he has been performing Medical Cannabis evaluations, and has written and lectured on the subject. He co-authored the widely read article "Implementation of the Compassionate Use Act in a Family Medical Practice. Dr. Lucido is a founding member of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, and founder of the Association of Independent Medical-Legal Consultants (AIMLegal.org). He serves on NORML's Advisory Board.

Jahan Marcu investigates the pharmacology of cannabinoid receptors at Temple University School of Medicine. Before joining the PhD program at Temple, Mr. Marcu worked at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute studying the anti-cancer properties of compounds from the cannabis plant. His findings appeared in the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

Madeline Martinez is the Executive Director of Oregon NORML and serves on NORML's Board of Directors. She is the cofounder of the 'World Famous' Cannabis Café in Portland, OR. Ms. Martinez is the 2007 recipient of NORML's Pauline Sabin Award in honor of women's leadership in ending marijuana prohibition.

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Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and Executive Director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

David Nott is President of the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Under Nott's leadership, Reason's public policy experts have advised President George W. Bush, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and numerous other officials on how to shrink the burden of government.

Garret Overstreet is President of Tulsa NORML and a professional web designer. He has produced a high-quality online presence for numerous NORML chapters, specializing in easy-to-use and affordable solutions for our self-funded, volunteer affiliates.

Sean Pamphilon is an award winning filmmaker and Emmy winning documentary producer with over a decade of production experience in sports television. He is the co-director (with Royce Toni) of the documentary Run Ricky Run, which focuses on the life of NFL player Ricky Williams.

William Panzer, Esq. of Oakland, CA, is a member of the board of directors of both national NORML and CA NORML , and the advisory board of ASA. Mr. Panzer was co-author of California's Prop. 215, "The Compassionate Use Act of 1996," and has represented patients, growers, and medical cannabis dispensaries throughout California in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels. He was the 2002 recipient of the NORML Legal Committee's Al Horn Award, and has been recognized by High Times Magazine as their "Freedom Fighter of the Month."

Bill Piper is the Director of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for ending the federal war on drugs. He lobbies Congress in support of a "New Bottom Line" in drug policy, one that seeks to reduce the negative consequences associated with both drug abuse and drug prohibition. Issues he works on include cutting drug war waste, preventing drug overdoses and the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, protecting state medical marijuana programs from federal interference, reforming draconian sentencing laws, and re-prioritizing federal law enforcement agencies.

Amanda Reiman, PhD is a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, the Chairwoman of the Berkeley (California) Medical Cannabis Commission, and the Director of Research for Berkeley Patients Group, a medical cannabis health center in Berkeley. Dr. Reiman has published numerous articles on the topics of medical cannabis dispensaries and the substitution of cannabis for alcohol.

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 Programme on Substance Abuse; and a principal investigator on research grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice.

Emmett Reistroffer is Executive Director of the South Dakota Coalition for Compassion, which is sponsoring the Initiative 13 ballot measure in South Dakota.

George Rohrbacher is a former Washington state Senator and a member of NORML's Board of Directors.

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. She is the 2002 recipient of NORML's Lester Grinspoon Award, recognizing outstanding work in medical cannabis advocacy.

John Sajo is Executive Director of Voter Power, which is co-sponsoring the Measure 74 ballot measure in Oregon.

Michelle Sexton MD is a senior postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington. She is studying the immuno-modulatory effects of cannabis on progression of Multiple Sclerosis. Her clinical practice is focused on botanical medicine and treating MS and women's health.

Steph Sherer is the Executive Director of the medical marijuana patients advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.

Rick Steves is a best-selling travel author and host of the popular and long-running PBS TV series 'Travels with Rick Steves'. Rick is a frequent public lecturer in favor of cannabis legalization and is a member of NORML's Advisory Board.

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

Keith Stroup, Esq. is the founder and Legal Counsel of NORML.

Dustin Sulak, DO is an osteopathic physician in Fairfield, ME. He has lectured on integrative medicine, medical marijuana, and the endocannabinoid system to clinicians and patients across the country.

Jasmine Tyler is the Deputy Director of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance.

Matt Welch is an editor at Reason Magazine. He formerly served as assistant editorial page editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Michael Whitney is a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action.

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