Speakers » Marijuana Harvest Fest

This year we have some great speakers for you all three days.

Melissa Sargent

Wisconsin State Assembly, 48th Assembly District

Melissa has served as PTO President of Gompers Elementary School. She has been a member of the Friends of Cherokee Marsh, Friends of Lake View Hill, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, NARAL, Wisconsin Business Alliance, River Alliance, Wild Warner, and Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue. Melissa was also a founding member of MRFY, an advocacy group for homeless, unaccompanied youth. Melissa was elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. In 2012 Sargent was appointed to be Chairwoman of the Dane County Health and Human Needs Committee In November 2012, Sargent was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 48th Assembly district by winning 83% of the vote. Sargent is a Democrat.

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Chris Taylor

State Representative for the 76th Assembly District

Representative Chris Taylor was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in a special election to fill Dane County Executive Joe Parisi’s Assembly seat in 2011. She was later redistricted into the 76th Assembly District which includes downtown Madison, the near-eastside of Madison and part of UW-Madison. Chris lives in Madison’s near eastside with her husband, Jim, and their two young sons, Sam and Ben.

Prior to serving in the State Assembly, Chris was the policy and political director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. A 1990 graduate of Pennsylvania University and a 1995 graduate of UW Law, Representative Taylor champions the rights of working families, women, children, and other basic human and civil rights in the State Legislature. She was the lead author of legislation that was the first in the nation to create an independent process for investigating officer-involved shootings. This session she also passed legislation this session that creates an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic abuse, stalking and trafficking. She was the lead Assembly author of legislation legalizing medical marijuana.

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Representative David Crowley

Wisconsin Assembly, representing the 17th District

Representative David Crowley is a lifelong resident of the City of Milwaukee and is honored to serve the neighborhoods and the constituents to which he has known his entire life. He was elected in 2016 to the Wisconsin Assembly, representing the 17th District which encompasses much of Milwaukee’s Northwest side. In 2017, Representative Crowley was elected Chair of Milwaukee Caucus and is currently on the Governor’s Task Force on Minority Unemployment and the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care. He currently sits on the following Assembly Committees: Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Small Business Development, Workforce Development, Transportation, and Jobs and Economy.

Born in May of 1986, David graduated from Bayview High School and attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where he studied Community Studies and Educational Policies. He credits his passion for public service to the time spent as a young adult with the youth organization Urban Underground. While with Urban Underground, Crowley served as Community Justice Coordinator, making a name for himself as a community overganizer.

In 2010, David got his political start as the Statewide African American Organizer for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold’s Senate Campaign Committee. He has since worked as a Senior Aide at both the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and in the State Senate to State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd. David is a board member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the ACLU and also serves as Chair of the Milwaukee Delegation for the 2017-18 legislative session.

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Amee Janus

Resident of Southeastern Wisconsin for 15 years

Amee Janus has been a resident of Southeastern Wisconsin for 15 years. During her campaign for State Assembly in District 61 in 2016 she advocated for medical marijuana legalization and eventually recreational. Amee and her husband Richard have been married since 2002 and they have two daughters, ages 11 and 12. Amee has spent her entire career in the IT industry with an educational background in both IT Networking and Security, working full time as a Network Analyst. In addition to her work in IT, she is also an active and engaged community leader and began her own nonprofit in 2013 called WISE, Wisconsin Initiative Safety Education to advocate for the safety of our children.

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Paul Stanford

President at THCF Medical Clinics / Presto Quality Care

Entrepreneur with expertise in hemp & cannabis. Business and nonprofit management. Primary author of the Cannabis Tax Act legislation and working for over 30 years for hemp and cannabis legalization. Founder & president of USA's largest medical marijuana clinics with doctors helping patients get their states' permit to legally possess, use & grow herb; over 150,000 patients helped in 12 states. Proficient in Mandarin Chinese/ Putonghua/ Beijinghua. Arranged financing and bank letters of credit for import/export of cargo container shipments of hemp products to and from Asia, Europe and North America. Expert court witness on marijuana and medicinal cannabis. Produced and hosted over 500 episodes of live TV programs. Produced and announced radio shows and advertising. Sales of tangibles and intangibles. Licensed securities issuer-salesperson. Author of articles published in magazines and books. Award winning cannabis cultivator. Associate producer and actor of a dramatic film, The Green Goddess. Will only plan and work on win-win scenarios. Continually striving for self actualization.

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Trevor James Sand

Medical Marijuana Patient

Trevor is a Legal Patient that gets Dronabinol, and has an Oregon Medical Marijuana card through the "Ben Mazel Project". Trevor also served and protected his country for 8 years in the Army! NOW, he's standing up for "YOUR RIGHTS!"

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Nate Petreman


Nate has been involved for almost 20 years at the grassroots level of legalization activism. He works directly with local and state elected officials, is the head of Madison NORML and is deeply involved with patients and activists across the state and country. He works tirelessly to end the injustice of the War on Drugs and abuses of the Constitution.

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Jacki Rickert

Is My Medicine Legal Yet

For years, Jacki Rickert has been asking, "Is My Medicine Legal YET?" Jacki suffers from two painful and debilitating conditions, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Advanced Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and was fully approved for participation in the U.S. Government's Compassionate Use Investigative New Drug (I.N.D.) Program in at the federal level in May 1990, and by the state of Wisconsin in December 1990. But the government violated its contract and never delivered the 300 marijuana cigarettes per month as they promised. 8 surviving patients grandfathered into the program are still receiving supplies of U.S. marijuana today. Jacki has continued her fight for the medicine that works best for her. She has visited Washington DC numerous times to lobby Congress.

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Brian Russell


Hailing from the great state of Montana, Brian Russell brings a style of down to earth reality comedy not often seen in the industry. With his quick one liners, his witty play on words, and his carefree sense of humor, Russell toys with the edges of comedic acceptance. There are no limits to Brian's comedy and no lines to thin to cross.

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Lee Christopher

Master of Ceremonies

No stranger to the stage, having stripped his way through college, Lee Christopher turned his focus on laughs. In typical Lee fashion, his mouth wrote a check his butt had to cash, leading to his 2015 comedy debut in Plainfield where he knocked them dead!. Since then, he has graced stages from the U.P. to the bright lights of N.Y.C., the Erie shores of Cleveland, and all throughout his beautiful home state of Wisconsin. A blurry 90's coming of age journey has taken him coast to coast, giving him a deranged yet logical perspective on life, love, and whatever else gets through the filters! He is honest, he is hilarious, he is homegrown.

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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. Today, he carries on this important work as the Executive Director of leGAYlize It! the only LGBT specific group dedicated to ending the drug war. He is also Communications Director for the New York Cannabis Alliance

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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!

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Casey Grady

Cannabis Advocate

A resident of Middleton, WI and has been a Wisconsinite for his entire life. Casey started volunteering for and attending Madison NORML meetings in January 2012. He was sick of seeing all the people suffering from not having a natural form of medication, being punished unfairly by our out of date justice system, and not having Wisconsin take part of the opportunities that the cannabis plant can offer. Casey was able to rid himself of a heroin addiction of five years by using cannabis and having proper rehabilitation and support nearly nine years ago now. Casey's mother passed away from lung cancer this last December, without even having cannabis as a possible treatment. Casey fights everyday for the legalization of cannabis. What will you do?

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googleMadison NORML... Based out of downtown Madison, have 2 meetings per month on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Wil Mar Center 953 Jenifer St, Madison.

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googleNorthen Wisconsin NORML... meets monthly throughout Wisconsin. For meeting times and details: Check the Meetings/Events page, of their web site, to see when the next meeting or event is!

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“we are here because we have shared values, we know that together we can change this country...countries and states are legalizing marijuana and that is going to happen here as well(Wisconsin).”

Melissa Sargent, -@ Harvest Fest 2013