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Meet The Speakers

Industry leaders here to educate and enlighten us!

Paul Stanford

Paul Stanford
Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp

Paul Stanford has been a cannabis activist for over 40 years, when he went to the White House Smoke-in a week after his 18th birthday, in 1978. Stanford was Washington State NORML director 1982-84. He moved to Oregon in 1984, and helped the Oregon Marijuana Initiative qualify for the vote in 1985, to become Ballot Measure 5 in 1986, which was defeated. This was the earliest Oregon initiative petition to ever qualify for a vote, over a year before the election, and it was the second time in United States history that a state voted to legalize marijuana. Stanford worked with Jack Herer on the first and subsequent editions of his seminal hemp manifesto, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. After studying in China, Stanford began importing hemp paper and fabric from China 1988-97. In 1996, Stanford began producing and hosting a weekly cable TV show in Portland called Cannabis Common Sense. Stanford founded THCF, The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation, in 1999 and began working with doctors to help medical marijuana patients obtain their state authorizations. THCF Medical Clinics has helped over 270,000 people become legal, licensed medical marijuana patients, first in Oregon, then opening offices in Washington State, Hawaii, Colorado, Montana, Michigan and Arizona. Stanford used the profits from his medical clinics to fund another state vote to legalize marijuana, qualifying Ballot Measure 80 for Oregon's 2012 election. Stanford is a speaker at many international cannabis events in Spain, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Japan, Mexico and Colombia, and in America too, such as the Seattle Hempfest, the New York City Cannabis Parade and the oldest cannabis event in the USA, the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest in Madison, Wisconsin, where he gave his first speech in 1988. Stanford was attacked by an Israeli/Canadian corporation, Adira Energy, partially owned by George Soros, and is currently fighting a hostile corporate takeover in court to regain control of his medical clinic business. Stanford is still producing weekly episodes of his TV show, Cannabis Common Sense, and holding clinics to help patients qualify in Oregon with several doctors who quit working for the corporate raiders. For more information, call 503-235-4606.

Norah Lowe

Norah Lowe
Diagnosed with Rett syndrome

Norah Lowe Diagnosed with Rett syndrome at 2 1/2 years old, Norah fights painful symptoms daily...... now, at 11 years old, she continues to fight her battle with rett, but she is seeing incredible relief by using CBD oil......after seeing such positive results, but still with a long way to go, her family became firm believers of the powers of this plant. Norah, of Merrimac, WI, worked with her Republican county supervisor to get a medical cannabis advisory referendum on Sauk County’s Nov 2018 ballot.... where it got 80% support from voters..... she sees the benefits that cannabis is bringing to girls with Rett syndrome who live in medically legal states, and wishes to have the same opportunity to improve her quality of life

Dan Goldman

Dan Goldman
NYC executive director of leGAYlize It

Dan Goldman is one of the founding members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the only person to have attended every national conference. He previously served as a Board member of SSDP while still an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also created the first SSDP regional conference, and later was part of the first class of non-student Board members, after graduating in 2001. In 2005, Dan joined the staff of SSDP as Director of Outreach and Alumni, and traveled around Canada in 2006, developing the network of Canadian SSDP chapters. Honored with the Grace Under Fire award for his work in Goose Creek, SC in 2003 and the “Lifetime” Achievement Award in 2007 for his nearly decade of service to the organization. Currently, he carries on this important work as the Executive Director of leGAYlize It! the only LGBT specific group dedicated to ending the drug war and is one of the hosts of the most popular cannabis podcasts, Marijuana Today.

Rep. Melissa Sargent

Melissa Sargent
State Rep. - 48th Assembly

Melissa Agard Sargent is an American small business owner from Madison, Wisconsin who currently serves in the Wisconsin State Assembly. A Democrat, Sargent represents the 48th assembly district, which includes the City of Madison's east and north sides, and Maple Bluff.

Rep. David Bowen

Rep. David Bowen
State Representative and Current DPW 1st Vice Chair

Rep. Bowen was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2014. He is honored to serve the people of Milwaukee and Shorewood and represent his neighbors' shared values and priorities. He serves on the Assembly’s Committees on Corrections as Ranking Member, Education, Children and Families, Community Development, and formerly on the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Urban Education.

Rep. David Crowley

Rep. David Crowley
State Rep. - 17th Assembly

Committed to strengthening Wisconsin, David has long advocated for its residents and communities. Since a teen, David has dedicated his life and career to improving the lives of those around him. He has organized communities around many issues, including citizen engagement, police accountability, mass incarceration, employment and many others.

Rep. Sheila Stubbs

Rep. Sheila Stubbs
State Rep. - 77th Assembly

Shelia Stubbs is a former probation and parole agent from Madison, Wisconsin. She has been a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, representing a district on the south side of Madison for twelve years; she is the only African American on the board.

Farmer Bill

Farmer Bill
Hemp Nebraska

"Farmer Bill" Hawkins is an organic farmer, herbalist and wildcrafter. He has been a longtime environmental activist involved in a variety of local sustainable community and agriculture issues. He lives in a tipi on a farm in Nebraska. As part of HEMPNEBRASKA and the Cannabis movement in Nebraska, he has been out spoken for the need to end the 75 years of prohibition and persecution!

Tammy Joy Wood

Tammy Joy Wood
Chair of the Democratic Party of Sauk County

Tammy Wood began advocating for cannabis legalization when she opened a smoke shop in 2010 in a small conservative town in SouthWest Wisconsin. Within days of opening it was clear the misconceptions surrounding the plant were too numerous to ignore. With no previous experience, she organized an educational event, invited the heads of various Wisconsin NORML chapters, lawyers, authors, and Jacki Rickert, Wisconsin’s cannabis hero and namesake of the majority of our medical cannabis bills, together they spent the day informing her community about the benefits of cannabis and the dangers of prohibition. The 41 uninvited police officers and drug dogs drove her point home as they searched the attendees and their vehicles for a plant that’s 114 times safer than alcohol. (There was none found, it was an educational event, not Weedstock) That event set in motion Tammy’s drive to advocate and organize for change, she spent years organizing, petitioning, and protesting, primarily for Cannabis but also other matters that affect us all. During the 2016 election Tammy realized she could affect great change working within the halls of government instead of only protesting outside of it, she had accepted the invitation to join the political revolution. In the time since Tammy has been a determined force within the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, helping elect representatives who will truly hold the best interests of the citizens at heart and without question, by making Cannabis legalization a priority.

Eric Marsch

Eric Marsch
Wisconsin Activist

Eric Marsch is a founding board member of Southeastern Wisconsin NORML (SE WI NORML) and has served as its Executive Director since 2015. Professionally, Eric worked for 9 years as a software engineer for companies such as GE Healthcare and the Weather Channel. He has since left the corporate software industry to devote himself full-time to the much more inspiring work of ending and undoing the injustices of cannabis prohibition, which he has experienced first-hand.

Zach Steeno

Zach Steeno
CBD Farmacy

Zach Steeno, Head Grower at CBD Farmacy, a hemp cultivation facility. Zach has a B.S. in horticulture from UW-River Falls. As a horticulturist, he has been awarded the Rising Star Award from the American Rose Society and the 40 under 40 award in horticulture, from Geenhouse Product News for his work in hybridizing roses for 6 years prior. Plant health care experience from a year long internship at Longwood Gardens and working at the Minnesota Plant Disease Clinic. An educational speaker for SE WI NORML, covering subjects such as cannabinoids, terpenes, cultivation and medical benefits.