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    Annie Oak

    Annie Oak is the founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress and co-founder of the nonprofit Women's Visionary Council. She is a science and technology journalist and works with researchers who analyze data about human rights violations. Creator of the San Francisco-based Full Circle Tea House, she is also co-founder of Take 3 Presents, which produces immersive art events. Annie studies risk reduction and conflict resolution protocols that reflect best practices in visionary communities and evolving strategies for collective wellness. In 2020, Annie co-founded Lucid News an online news service
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    Danielle Schumacher

    Danielle Schumacher earned a degree in Anthropology in 2004 at the University of Illinois where she co-founded chapters of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Danielle was recruited by the Berkeley Patients Group in 2005 to head the Cannabis Action Network. As the first Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, she worked with Richard Lee to establish America’s first cannabis college. For over a decade, Danielle has served as office manager for Frank Lucido, MD, and Maria Mangini, PhD FNP, in Berkeley, California. She has also served
  3. Danielle Schumacher earned a degree in Anthropology in 2004 at the University of Illinois where she co-founded chapters of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Danielle was recruited by the Berkeley Patients Group in 2005 to head the Cannabis Action Network. As the first Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, she worked with Richard Lee to establish America’s first cannabis college. For over a decade, Danielle has served as office manager for Frank Lucido, MD, and Maria Mangini, PhD FNP, in Berkeley, California. She has also served
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    Elise Szabo

    Presentation: "Investing in Intergenerational Wisdom” Elise Szabo (they/them or she/her) is a Movement Building Fellow with Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), working out of the Oakland, CA office and supporting young people organizing to end drug criminalization. Elise began their work in the world of drug policy reform in high school, after writing a research paper on the use of psychedelics in therapy. After their leadership with an SSDP chapter while studying Philosophy and engaging in various areas of student activism at Kent State University, Elise served on SSDP's student-le
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    Jane Straight

    Presentation: “Plants As Solace For The Soul” We evolved in nature, and we are intrinsically drawn to it. They say we are genetically ‘hardwired' to interact authentically in response to nature. Does our survival depend on it? As medicine maker, I have been taught to acknowledge my connection to all that is through my prayers and actions before ever offering my creations. Let’s talk about some simple, yet profound ways to consciously expand our relationships with ‘forbidden’ plants. Come hear my story & share yours as we delve into some restorative plant practices intended to soothe o
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    Christine Stenquist

    Christine is a brain tumor survivor, mother of four, and cannabis advocate. In 1996, she was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma, a rare benign brain tumor. An unsuccessful surgery left 60% of the tumor still intact. Due to complications during the surgery Christine was unable to rejoin the workforce and had to file for disability. Over the course of the next 16 years she would have other diagnoses added to the list. The downturn in health left her housebound and bedridden for the better part of two decades. In 2012, her health declined even further. She turned once again to her doctor for help
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    Ann Shulgin

    Ann Shulgin (born 22 March 1931) is an American author and the widow of chemist Alexander Shulgin. Laura Ann Gotlieb was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and grew up in the village of Opicina outside the Italian city of Trieste; her father was U.S. Consul in these places, in Trieste for six years before World War II. Later in her childhood she lived in the US, Cuba, and Canada. She studied art and became an artist, married an artist and had a child, and they later divorced. She had two more marriages ending in divorce and had three more children. Ann went back to work as a medical transcriber,
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    Emma Sanchez

    Chef Emma Sanchez built her catering and event production company over the last 5 years working with private groups, organizations and families, before becoming the Chef de Cuisine at Eden East in Austin, Texas. She focuses her work on feeding people with love, connecting traditional food techniques from around the world with the bounty of local harvests. Her no-nonsense approach to farm & table dining pairs with her passion for access and education of local food resources for all communities. She studied at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Her experience includes working
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    Joy Moore

    A long-time local food activist, Joy Moore played a key role in community efforts to reform school lunch in the Berkeley Unified School District, co-founded Farm Fresh Choice, of the Ecology Center, serves on the Boards of Spiral Gardens, Planting Justice and Pie Ranch, and is a member of the Berkeley Food Policy Council. She has lived and worked in Berkeley since 1969 having migrated from New York city. Retired from the City of Berkeley Chronic Disease Prevention Program in 2007, she attended UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Joy currently teaches a garden b
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    Madalyn McElwain

    Madalyn is a lawyer and activist, drug policy reformer, and harm reductionist. She serves as Chief Legal & Financial Officer for DanceSafe, a 501(c)(3) public health organization that promotes health and safety in the electronic music and nightlife communities. In her role at DanceSafe, she advocates for the safer consumption of drugs by providing resources and peer education on outreach at music festivals and nightlife events, in addition to various organizational and operational duties. Madalyn’s involvement in drug policy and harm reduction began in 2012 as Director of her law scho
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    Lanese Martin

    As a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Hood Incubator, Lanese spearheads the organization's political strategy, including base-building, community organizing, and policy advocacy work. Lanese began her professional career consulting small family businesses by systemizing their operations and developing growth strategies for them. While studying for an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise she began to shift her focus to political organizing and progressive campaigns. Her work as the Field Director for an Oakland-based nonprofit led to deep relationships with non-profits and Black & Brown
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    Sunshine Lencho

    Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho is a graduate of Stanford Law School and cannabis law expert assisting companies, lawmakers and consumers in navigating the complex regulatory environment of medicinal and adult-use cannabis globally. Formerly corporate counsel at Privateer Holdings, Ms. Lencho supported portfolio companies and brands including Leafly, Tilray, Marley Natural, and Goodship. She is co-founder and former Board Chair of Supernova Women. A committed citizen, Ms. Lencho previously served as Mayor Libby Schaaf’s appointee to the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission and received a commendatio
  13. Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho is a graduate of Stanford Law School and cannabis law expert assisting companies, lawmakers and consumers in navigating the complex regulatory environment of medicinal and adult-use cannabis globally. Formerly corporate counsel at Privateer Holdings, Ms. Lencho supported portfolio companies and brands including Leafly, Tilray, Marley Natural, and Goodship. She is co-founder and former Board Chair of Supernova Women. A committed citizen, Ms. Lencho previously served as Mayor Libby Schaaf’s appointee to the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission and received a commendatio
  14. WVC

    Ifetayo Harvey

    Ifetayo first joined the Drug Policy Alliance as an intern in 2013 and has been an integral part of the Communications staff since 2016. She has shared her experience of being personally impacted by the drug war, and plays an instrumental role in developing DPA's voice and perspective with LGBTQIA+ audiences. As Marketing Coordinator, Ifetayo manages DPA's social media channels, and works in creative development, marketing, inventory management, distribution of promotional materials, and coordination and sponsorship of DPA's presence at third-party events. Ifetayo also contributes to digital a
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    Jennifer Dumpert

    Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer, lecturer, and consciousness hacker. She is the author of Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep, published in May 2019. She is the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind. She also teaches the practice of Liminal Dreaming – surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. Presentation: “Dreamhacking: Consciousness Exploration and Dream Experimentation” For this spe
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    Scott Bodarky

    Scott Bodarky is an independent researcher who has been studying the history of opium for many years. He has worked in a number of different domains, including Internet technology, real estate, book publishing, event production, and the new Cannabis industry. He published a book about cocktails, recently started a recording studio in Oakland called The Dime, is working on a new album, and was Sasha Shulgin’s Go opponent. Presentation: “Unraveling Opium” From today’s headlines one might think that the current opiate crisis is unprecedented, but in fact it is merely the latest iteratio
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    Sophia Buggs

    Sophia is reclaiming the sacred roots of sustainable living through farming. She is a fourth generational grower connecting her black ancestry to the land. Lady Buggs Farm is a 1.3-acre Urban Farm located on the South Side of Youngstown, Ohio. Her mission is to Restore, Revamp and Revitalize her community and provide local fresh foods and wellness products that are affordable and accessible to all, while creating a loving urban homestead with her daughter, Passion.
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    Maya Blow

    Maya Blow is a wife, mother, herbalist, classical homeopath, organic farmer and educator practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern California, completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco, studied Afro Botany through the NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health as well as studies Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurveda through the East West School of Planetary Herbalism. After graduating from homeopathic medical school, Maya went on to tea
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    Dr. Raquel Bennett

    Raquel Bennett, Psy.D. is a psychologist and a ketamine specialist from Berkeley, CA. She primarily works with people who are living with severe depression, bipolar disorder, and/or suicidal ideation. She is fascinated by the antidepressant properties of ketamine, and has been studying this for over seventeen years. She also has a long-standing interest in the psychedelic and mystical properties of ketamine, and the potential for this medicine to be used for spiritual exploration. Dr. Bennett is the founder of KRIYA Institute and the organizer of KRIYA Conference, an annual international event
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    Tania Abdul

    Tania is currently developing a nonprofit called Breathe, helping to build the movements for racial, environmental and climate justice by leveraging media that features community activism and performing arts with interactive web technology. She is an event producer, an artist, and an activist, and is intrigued with innovative community organization. In 2020, she served in the debut year of the Femtheogen Collaborative, a women-led funding initiative in the greater psychedelic field supported by the RIverstyx Foundation. Tania is also a leader in People of TechnoColor, an informal organizatio
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    Ismail Lourido Ali

    Ismail Lourido Ali is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where he supports the development and implementation of strategies to create legal access to psychedelic substances in medical, sacramental, and personal contexts. Ismail is licensed to practice law in the state of California, and presently sits on the Advisory Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund. Ismail has previously served as Chair of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Board of Directors, and has worked for the ACLU of Northern California’s Criminal Justice
  22. Raquel Bennett, Psy.D. is a psychologist and a ketamine specialist from Berkeley, CA. She primarily works with people who are living with severe depression, bipolar disorder, and/or suicidal ideation. She is fascinated by the antidepressant properties of ketamine, and has been studying this for over seventeen years. She also has a long-standing interest in the psychedelic and mystical properties of ketamine, and the potential for this medicine to be used for spiritual exploration. Dr. Bennett is the founder of KRIYA Institute and the organizer of KRIYA Conference, an annual international event
  23. Tania is currently developing a nonprofit called Breathe, helping to build the movements for racial, environmental and climate justice by leveraging media that features community activism and performing arts with interactive web technology. She is an event producer, an artist, and an activist, and is intrigued with innovative community organization. In 2020, she served in the debut year of the Femtheogen Collaborative, a women-led funding initiative in the greater psychedelic field supported by the RIverstyx Foundation. Tania is also a leader in People of TechnoColor, an informal organizatio
  24. Ismail Lourido Ali is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where he supports the development and implementation of strategies to create legal access to psychedelic substances in medical, sacramental, and personal contexts. Ismail is licensed to practice law in the state of California, and presently sits on the Advisory Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund. Ismail has previously served as Chair of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Board of Directors, and has worked for the ACLU of Northern California’s Criminal Justice
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    Maya Blow

    Maya Blow is a wife, mother, herbalist, classical homeopath, organic farmer and educator practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern California, completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco, studied Afro Botany through the NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health as well as studies Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurveda through the East West School of Planetary Herbalism. After graduating from homeopathic medical school, Maya went on to tea
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