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Seattle Hempfest is proud to host world class speakers each year.  We get over 400 applications for about 100 speaking slots and strive to have variety each year.  Speakers are listed below.  The application to speak can be found here.

Seattle Hempfest is proud to present our 2013 Speakers:

Updated as of Monday 8/5/2013.  If you have been invited to speak at Seattle Hempfest 2013- but don’t see your name on this list below- or if there is a mistake / typo- then please email the speakers crew:  speakers@hempfest.org

  • Matthew R. Abel- Executive Director, Michigan NORML, Attorney at Law Cannabis Counsel P.L.C.
  • Wes Abney- Founder NorthWest Leaf magazine
  • Adam Assenberg- Adam for Sheriff of Whitman County, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • Ngaio Bealum- Cannabis Comedian
  • Dr. David Bearman- Vice President Board of Directors American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine
  • Russ Belville- Executive Director 420RADIO.org
  • Leland R. Berger- Compassionate Oregon
  • Allison Bigelow- Sensible Washington
  • Jeanne Black- Founder and Executive Director of Grammas for Ganja
  • Kevin Black- Founder King County Jail Christmas Vigil
  • Kurt Boehl- Attorney Law Office of Kurt E. Boehl PLLC Seattle Criminal Defense
  • Kari Boiter- President Board of Directors Cannabis Defense Coalition, Advocate for drug war prisoners, Americans for Safe Access Advocate of 2012
  • Cyril Bouanna- Seattle Hempfest Board of Directors for Sponsorships & Memberships
  • Hilary Bricken- Attorney Canna Law Group Compliance Support
  • David Bronner- Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap
  • Bruce Buckner- Outside Agitator
  • Greta Carter- The Hope Clinics Executive Director
  • Jorge Cervantes- Author Publisher Cannabis Video Gardener www.marijuanagrowing.com
  • Sam Chapman- Executive Director Cannabis Industry Association of Oregon
  • Fritz Chess- Founder and President of Eden Labs LLC
  • Jason Clark- Founder and CEO of Meditiva
  • Chris Conrad- Founder Family Council on Drug Awareness
  • John Conroy- QC Queens Counsel, Norml Canada, Stop the Violence, Sensible BC, US NORML Legal Committee
  • Alex Cooley- Cofounder and Vice President Solstice
  • Mike Corral- Cofounder of Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana WAMM
  • Dr. Dominic Corva- The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy Director
  • Rick Cusick- Associate Publisher High Times magazine and HIGHTIMES.com
  • Todd Dalotto- CAN! Research, Education & Consulting
  • Danny Danko- Senior Cultivation Editor High Times Magazine
  • Dawn Darington- Executive Director of Choice Wellness Center
  • John Davis- Seattle Hempfest, Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics, National Cannabis Industry Association, NWPRC
  • Tonya Davis- Ohio Patient Network, President, Miami Valley NORML, NORML Women’s Alliance, Executive Director
  • Steve DeAngelo- Executive Director of Harborside Health Center
  • Andrew DeAngelo- Director of Harborside Health Center
  • Alison D-Ray- C.E.O Ettalew’s Medibles
  • Philip Dawdy- Cascadia Growers Association, Washington Cannabis Association
  • Alec Dixon- Director of Client Relations SCLabs
  • Adam Eidinger- Founder DCMJ.Org, Capitol Hemp, Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps Public Affairs Director
  • Steve Elliott- Editor of Toke Signals and Hemp News, Marijuana Reviewer for Seattle Weekly
  • Jodie Emery- Wife of “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery, Cannabis Culture Headquarters & Magazine- Director
  • Dr. Jake Felice- Naturopathic Physician
  • Rebecca Forbes- East Coast Director of the American Cannabis Coalition, Carolina Cannabis Coalition Director, Board of Directors at Over Grow the Government, North Carolina advocate for the Cash Hyde Foundation
  • Edward Forchion- The Legalize Marijuana Party
  • Serra Frank- Founding Executive Director Moms for Marijuana International
  • Major Neill Franklin (Ret)- Executive Director Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • Dale Gieringer- California NORML, Co-Author of Prop 215
  • Roger Goodman- State Representative 45th District Washington State Legislator
  • Senator Mike Gravel- Direct Democracy
  • Pam Haley- Seattle Hempfest- Ric Smith Hemposium Coordinator, Americans for Safe Access WA Chapter Board, Co-Founder Garden Extraction Co2 Services
  • Liana Held- Liana LTD and member of the Board of Directors of CA NORML
  • Douglas Hiatt- Attorney of compassion and passion for the end of prohibition, Sensible Washington
  • Alison Holcomb- Criminal Justice Project Director, ACLU of Washington
  • Aaron Houston- Executive Director Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Marijuana Majority
  • Peter Holmes- Seattle City Attorney
  • Aaron Houston- Executive Director Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Marijuana Majority
  • Mike Hyde- Founder of the Cash Hyde Foundation
  • Melissa Hysom- Seattle Hempfest, Cannabis Freedom March Organizer
  • Gloria Kalteich- Reverend of the Continuum Fellowship of Universal Understanding
  • Theresa Knox- Idaho Moms for Marijuana
  • Michael Krawitz- Executive Director Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access
  • Racehl Kurtz- Attorney at Law The Wykowski Law Group
  • Martin Lee- Director ProjectCBD, Author of ‘Smoke Signals
  • Casper Leitch- Time4Hemp.com, Global Cannabis Activist PotCasts
  • Steve Levine- Director on the Boards of the Hemp Industries Assoc & Vote Hemp
  • Monte Levine- Board member Peoples’ Harm Reduction Alliance; Coordinator for Ostrich Bay Exchange
  • Ben Livingston- Cannabis columnist The Stranger Center for Legal Cannabis
  • Philippe Lucas- Centre for Addictions Research of BC
  • Frank Lucido- Medical Doctor specializing in the Endocannabinoid System
  • Jahan Marcu- Ph.D studying cannabinoid receptors
  • Mickey Martin- Weed Activist, Author ‘Medical Marijuana 101
  • Madeline Martinez- NORML Director, NORML Womens Alliance Director & Founding member, Owner & Founder of the World Famous Cannabis Cafe
  • Martin Martinez- LifeVine Medical Group
  • Doug McVay- Editor Drug War Facts, Common Sense for Drug Policy
  • Granddaddy Mike- California Cannabis Policy Reform, The Original Haze Poster Project Certified Packaging Services
  • Jeremy Miller- Founder of the World Famous Cannabis Farmers Market & Olympia Hempfest
  • Kitty Miller- Owner World Famous Cannabis Farmers and Kit-Tea’s
  • James Flaming Eagle Mooney- Elder Seminole Medicine Man of the Oklevueha Native American Church
  • Shilo Murphy- Executive Director of the Peoples Harm Reduction Alliance
  • Judith Newbergher Renaud- Executive Director Educators for Sensible Drug Policy
  • Mikki Norris- Publisher West Coast Leaf
  • David Nott- President Reason Foundation
  • John Novak- Cannabis Action Coalition and 420leaks.org
  • Kevin Oliver- Executive Director Washington NORML
  • David Ostrow- Vice President American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and Principle Investigator on study of Veterans with PTSD using cannabis.
  • William Panzer- NORML Board of Directors; Attorney
  • Tim Pate- Seattle Hempfest Curator of Raffle Goodness, Opening Ceremony of Hempfest
  • Aaron Pelley- Attorney Pelley Law PLLC and Marijuana Reclamation Project of the Cannabis Defense Coalition
  • C.Michael Pickens- Executive Director Libertarian Party of Washington
  • David Piller- Vote Hemp’s 2011 Activist of the Year and the College Campus Hemp History Roadshow Host of Hemp Hut at the Hemposium
  • Robert Platshorn- Founder The Silver Tour
  • Carl Prothman- Seattle Hempfest, Activist
  • Sharon Ravert- Leader of Georgia Moms for Marijuana Executive Director of Peachtree NORML GA
  • Josh Rettie- Vancouver Cannabis Community
  • Reverend Cannabis - Solventless extract expert, local activist
  • Lindsey Rinehart- Director Compassionate Idaho, Americans for Safe Access- Idaho
  • Ed Rosenthal- Guru of Ganja, Green Aid The Medical Marijuana Legal Defense and Education Fund & Oaksterdam University
  • Dan Rush- Director National Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division of  The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
  • Keith Saunders- NORML Board of Directors
  • David Seber- Hemp Shield Company LLC
  • Dr. Michelle Sexton- Naturopath Doctor of Bastyr University specializing in the Endocannabinoid System research and application
  • Lynnette Shaw- Inventor the first licensed dispensary in the nation 1997 Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana RIP
  • DJ Short – Breeder of Quality Cannabis Genetics
  • Cheryl Shuman- C.E.O. Cheryl Shuman Inc. & Beverly Hills Cannabis Club
  • Don Skakie- Spokesman for REAL LEGALIZATION and Initiative-584
  • Paul Stanford- President at THCF Medical Clinics
  • Jeff Steinborn- NORML Legal Committee, NORML Board of Directors
  • StinkBud- Grow Guru High Times Magazine, StinkBuddies.com, HarvestAPound.com
  • DeMaris Strom-Hughes- The Worm Hole
  • Keith Stroup- NORML Founder and Legal Counsel
  • Marcus Sutherland- Medi Brothers Collective medible maker and marijuana activist
  • Coty Ternes- Boise Idaho Mayoral Candidate
  • Oscar Velasco Schmitz- Director and CoFounder of Dockside Coop
  • Aimee Warner- Founder and CEO Cannabis Basics, Member HIA, Member NCIA, Compliant Member CCSE and Co-Founder of WOW- the Women of Weed
  • Clint Werner- Author “Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Sgt Sean Whitcomb- Seattle Police Public Affairs Unit
  • Sharon Whitson- Director of Operations Seattle Hempfest
  • Henry Wykowski- Attorney at Law The Wykowski Law Group and 280eReform.org
  • Brandy Zink- Americans for Safe Access of Michigan

Seattle Hempfest is proud to present our 2012 Speakers:

  • Matthew Abel  Michigan NORML Executive Director, Attorney
  • Wes Abney The NorthWest Leaf Magazine Editor and Founder
  • Jared Allaway  Sensible Washington State Volunteer Coordinator
  • Adam Assenberg  Owner of Compassion 4 Patients and a D.J./Reporter with KRFP  92.5 FM
  • Ngaio Bealum  Cannabis Comedian
  • Dr. David Bearman, M.D.  American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, Vice President & Board Member; ASA, Board; Patients Out of Time, Advisory Board Member; Author ‘Demons, Discrimination and Dollars: A Brief History of the Origins of American Drug Laws’
  • Radical Russ Belville  National Cannabis Radio, Host of  ‘The Russ Belville Show’
  • Leland R. Berger  NORML Legal Committee, Attorney
  • Allison Bigelow  Volunteer Sensible Washington
  • Kurt Boehl  Attorney Law Office of Kurt E. Boehl, PLLC
  • Kari Boiter  Local Activist and Legislative Advocate
  • Cyril Bouanna  Seattle Hempfest (Board of Directors) Sponsorship & Membership Director
  • Hilary Bricken  Attorney Canna Law Group, a practice group of Harris & Moure, pllc
  • David Bronner  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps; Hemp Industry Association Board of Advisors
  • Bruce Buckner   MendoBruce Activist
  • Greg Campbell  Author of  ‘Pot Inc: Inside Medical Marijuana, America’s Most Outlaw Industry’, published April 2012.
  • Greta Carter  Executive Director WA Coalition of Cannabis Standards and Ethics (CCSE)
  • Jorge Cervantes  Author of Marijuana Horticulture
  • Sam Chapman  National Cannabis Coalition, Outreach Director, and Social Media Consultant
  • Stephen Collett  California Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Initiative, Treasurer
  • John Conroy  Conroy Company, President Lawyer; NormlCanada, Founder
  • Alex Cooley  Vice President Solstice Cooperative
  • Dominic Corva  Sarah Lawrence College, Professor of Cannabis Geography
  • Dr. William Courtney, M.D.  Cannabis International Founder
  • Cara Crabb-Burnham  MassCann/NORML Director, Co-Founder NWANE, Co-Host Boston Pot Report Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, NORML Women’s Alliance New England, Boston Pot Report
  • Rick Cusick  High Times Associate Publisher
  • Dawn Darington   Choice Wellness Center CEO
  • John B. Davis  Seattle Hempfest, Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics, National Cannabis Industry Association, NWPRC
  • Tonya Davis  Ohio Patient Network, President; Miami Valley NORML; NORML Womens Alliance, Executive Director
  • Phillip Dawdy  Safe Access Alliance media director
  • Steve D’Angelo  Harborside Health Center, Executive Director
  • Christine Renee’ Delk  Washington State Medical Cannabis patient recently raided by federal law enforcement
  • Aaron Dixon  Former Black Panther Party Captain, Author ‘My People Are Rising’
  • Jared Dunn  Compassionaite Idaho
  • Adam Eidinger  Hemp Activist Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Public Affairs Director; Capitol Hemp Owner, Washington DC
  • Steve Elliott   Journalist of  “Toke of the Town/Toke Signals” online zine
  • Jodie Emery   Wife of “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery; Cannabis Culture Headquarters & Magazine, Director
  • William Esbensen  45th Parallel Compassion Group, LLC  Director/Co-Founder
  • Dr. Jake Felice, ND   Naturopathic Physician
  • Omar Figueroa  Attorney Law Offices of Omar Figueroa
  • Denny Finneran  Crucial Hemp Owner
  • Bonnie Fong  Hempfest Film Coordinator; Coalition of Cannabis Standards and Ethics Vice Executive Director; The Joint Cooperative  Manager
  • Diane Fornbacher  Vice Co-Chair NORML Women’s Alliance, HIGH TIMES Magazine Freedom Fighter Jan. 1999
  • Morgan Fox Marijuana Policy Project Communications Manager
  • Serra Frank  Moms for Marijuana Founding Director
  • Matthew Gavin Frank  Author of ‘Pot Farm’
  • Debby Goldsberry  United Cannabis Collective Executive Director
  • Rep. Roger Goodman  Washington State House of Representatives (D46)
  • Judge Jim Gray Libertarian Vice-Presidential candidate with Gary Johnson2012
  • Jeremy Griffin  Cannabis Defense Coalition, member and an organizer of Cannabis College
  • Pam Haley  Cannabis Defense Coalition BoD, Washington State Potline “Report A Bust”
  • Mark Haskell Smith  Author of Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup and the novel Baked.
  • Alison Holcomb  Campaign Director for I502 New Approach Washington
  • Pete Holmes   Seattle City Attorney and New Approach Washington I-502 Initiative Sponsor
  • Aaron Houston  Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Executive Director; SAFER, Cofounder and Board Member
  • Gloria Kalteich  President/Pastor The Continuum, et. al
  • Rob Kampia Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director
  • Jeanne Kohl-Welles  State Senator Washington State Senate
  • Steve Kubby  RegualteMarijuana 2014 Chief Officer and Campaign Manager
  • Ron Lawson  City of Lacey Councilmember, Cannabis Healthcare Association, founder
  • Martin Lee  Director Project CBD, Author of  ‘Smoke Signals’ 
  • Monte Levine   Board member Peoples’ Harm Reduction Alliance; Coordinator for Ostrich Bay Exchange
  • Steve Levine  Hemp Industries Association (HIA), President; Vote Hemp, Director; Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Trade Show Mgr.
  • Nick Licata  Seattle City Council Councilmember
  • Ben Livingston  Cannabis Defense Coalition
  • Dr. Frank Lucido, M.D.  Doctor of Medicine, Medical Cannabis Consultant
  • John Lucy IV  Attorney at Law, Founder Law420.com
  • Charles Lynch  Software Developer Marijuana Freedom Fighter
  • Madeline Martinez  Oregon NORML; World Famous Cannabis Cafe; Chief petitioner of Sensible Oregon
  • Martin Martinez  Lifevine Collective Network, Executive Director
  • Joanna McKee  Co-founder Green Cross Patient Co-op (the original folks!)
  • Vivian McPeak  Seattle Hempfest, Executive Director
  • Doug McVay  Common Sense for Drug Policy
  • Robert Melamede  Associate Professor, CEO/President CBIS UCCS, Cannabis Science
  • The Moss Family  Greta, Lauriene and Eve; Victims of the Drug War, Father and husband imprisoned 20 years for marijuana conspiracy.
  • Kristin Nevedal Emerald Growers Association
  • David Nott  Reason Foundation, President
  • Kevin Oliver  Washington NORML, Executive Director
  • David G Ostrow, MD, PhD   NORC at University of Chicago, Senior Scientist; American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine , VP for Community Research; MACS, Director
  • Tim Pate   Seattle Hempfest, Port Astordam Hemp Festival
  • William G. Panzer  NORML, Board of Directors; Attorney; Coauthor of California’s Prop 215
  • Aaron Pelley  Attorney of Pelley Law, PLLC
  • Robert Platshorn   People United for Medical Marijuana  PUFMM , Founder of Silver Tour , NORML of Florida, Director
  • Josh Rettie  Plantbuilder
  • Lindsey Rinehart  Compassionate Idaho; Idaho Medical Choice Act, Chief Petitioner
  • Ed Rosenthal  Author of ‘Marijuana Grower’s Handbook’ Official Course Book for Oaksterdam University
  • George Rohrbacher  Member of the Board of Directors of NORML
  • Julia Rose  The Curator of the Peter McWilliams Online Museum
  • Ed Rosenthal Guru of Ganja; Executive Director of Green Aid: The Medical Marijuana Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Dan Rush  United Food and Commercial Workers International Union- Director, National Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division
  • Keith Saunders  NORML Board of Directors, Host Boston Pot Report Massachusetts
  • Dave Seber  Hemp Shield Company LLC, President
  • Lynette Shaw  Former owner of the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, licensed for 15 years.
  • Cheryl Shuman  Beverly Hills Cannabis Club, RFMK – CANNAcig, Cheryl Shuman Inc., Hearst Digital Media Corporation
  • Don Skakie  I-514 The Cannabis Child Protection Act, Campaign Director
  • Aaron Smith  National Cannabis Industry Association Executive Director
  • Ric Smith  Speakers Jury and HEMPosium- Seattle Hempfest, Co-Sponsor Initiatives 1068 & 1149, Cannabis Defense Coalition
  • Jacqui Spruce  Australian advocate for the use of medical cannabis and former skin cancer patient.
  • Scott Stafne  Attorney Stafne Law Firm
  • Paul Stanford  THCF Medical Clinics, President; chief petitioner OCTA2012
  • Jill Stein  Green Party 2012 Presidential Candidate for The United States of America
  • Jeffrey Steinborn  NORML legal committee, NORML board of directors,  PotBust.com Founder
  • Rick Steves  Travel Show Host and New Approach Washington Sponsor I-502
  • Brian Stone  Cannabis Defense Coalition, Board Member
  • DeMaris Strohm-Hughes  The Wormhole, Minister
  • Keith Stroup  NORML, Founder
  • Cody Swift  Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
  • Oscar Velasco-Schmitz  Director Dockside Coop
  • Clint Werner  Author of the book “Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.”
  • Don E Wirtshafter  DrugSense; Media Awareness Project, Chair
  • Jackie Woerlee  Belangen Stichting Effectieve Medicinale Cannabis Head of Foundation
  • Henry Wykowski   San Francisco tax attorney in landmark IRS 208E case of C.H.A.M.P. V COMMISSIONER
  • Richard Zuckerman

Seattle Hempfest is proud to present our 2011 Speakers:

 

Congressman Dennis Kucinich Mayor Mike McGinn Rick Steves

City Attorney Pete Holmes Rep. Roger Goodman Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson Councilmember Nick Licata Steve DeAngelo Jodie Emery

Ed Rosenthal Douglas Hiatt Alison Holcomb Paul Stanford Steve Elliottt Russ Belville Ngaio Bealum Keith Stroup Jeff Steinborn Stinkbud And many more!