Hash Bash 2017 Speakers

John Sinclair

Poet, Icon John Sinclair is an American blues and jazz poet with a storied background in marijuana activism and radical politics. John founded the radical White Panther Party and managed the Detroit proto-punk band, the MC5. In 1972, John Sinclair won his freedom from a 9.5-10 year conviction that stemmed from giving two joints to an undercover officer. John Lennon immortalized this legacy in his song “John Sinclair,” which Blind Melon covers really, really well. Shortly thereafter, the very first Hash Bash took place on the University of Michigan Diag and has become an Ann Arbor staple. Since 1959 John has been a radio show host and nowadays can be heard at www.radiofreeamsterdam.com

Darren McCarty

Darren McCarty, former Detroit Red Wings and 4 time Stanley Cup winner. Darren has recently been featured in many media stories about how marijuana has saved his life.

Eugene Monroe

Born: April 18, 1987 Hometown: Plainfield, New Jersey College: University of Virginia 2009 NFL Draft: Round 1, Pick 8 Career History: Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-2013); Baltimore Ravens (2013-2016); Current free agent. “On March 9, 2016, I became the first active NFL player to openly advocate for the use of cannabinoids to treat chronic pain and sports-related injuries. It’s time for the NFL to change its archaic standards to better protect its players and set an example for our young athletes. For too long, I’ve watched my teammates and good friends battle with opioid addiction and leave the game with a long road still ahead; it’s time to make a change.” – Eugene Monroe www.eugenemonroe.com

Senator Coleman Young, II

In 2016 Senator Coleman Alexander Young, II introduced a bill to legalize and regulate marijuana in Michigan. He is a 30-year-old man of outstanding character and leadership. He genuinely cares for his constituency and considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Detroit, MI. He looks forward to continuing to serve Detroit as State Senator for the 1st District. He resides in Detroit, MI and believes God’s hand is upon his life to carry on the great legacy of his father, the Honorable Mayor Coleman A. Young, (deceased), the 20-year former mayor of Detroit (1973-1993.) Coleman Alexander Young, II has served as the elected Democratic State Representative for the 4th District for two terms and has a 98% voting/attendance record. He won the general election with a 96% landslide victory. He believes his success resulted from personally knocking on 100 doors each day and meeting people all over the district and sharing his plan for a better life in Detroit. http://senatedems.com/young/about-me/

Jason Frenzel

Jason has been a resident of Ann Arbor for the past 35 years. He has worked extensively managing ecological stewardship programs as well as citizen science initiatives. Jason has helped create and manage a number of local food initiatives, while empowering others to become advocates and spokespersons for healthy food systems. As the most recent addition to the Ann Arbor City Council, he is working to help Ann Arbor become a leader in environmental issues, and make the city welcoming and safe place to live and do business.

Yousef Rabhi

Yousef Rabhi is serving in his first term as a state representative for the 53rd House District, which includes parts of the city of Ann Arbor and portions of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield and Scio townships. Rep. Rabhi was born in Ypsilanti and raised in Ann Arbor. He attended Ann Arbor Public Schools, including Northside, Bach Open, Clague and Huron high schools. After graduating, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in environmental science with a specialization in urban planning and ecosystem management.

Lansing, MI Mayor Virg Bernero

Mayor City of Lansing Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is now in his 8th year as chief executive of Michigan’s sixth largest city. Virg Bernero is a seasoned veteran of Michigan’s political scene, having served previously as a county commissioner and as a state representative and senator in the Michigan Legislature. He also served as the executive director of a statewide non-profit association that helps families and children with mental illness.

Dr. Sue Sisley

Dr. Sue Sisley MD is an Arizona-based physician practicing Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. She works as Medical Director for medical cannabis license holders in 11 different states from Hawaii to Puerto Rico to New York. Sue serves as Site Principal Investigator for the only FDA-approved randomized controlled trial in the world examining safety/efficacy of whole plant marijuana in combat veterans with treatment-resistant post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. Dr. Sisley is on faculty at Colorado State University, recruited for core planning team to organize the CSU "Cannabis Center of Excellence" in Pueblo, Colorado. Dr. Sisley has been a Member of Nevada ILAC Medical Cannabis Commission for the past two years outlining regulations for laboratory testing including limits on pesticides, residual solvents and other guidelines that are currently being used as a model for other states medical cannabis laws.

Chuck Ream

Retired Kindergarten Teacher, Safer Michigan Coalition, MiLeaglize In 2004 he “retired” to lead the Ann Arbor medical marijuana campaign to victory; over 74% of voters said “yes”. Since then he has led or funded a number of other citywide victories. He co-founded the Safer Michigan Coalition to unite Michigan’s most effective cannabis activists. Chuck received the “lifetime achievement award” from “High Times” magazine at the 2014 Michigan Cannabis Cup. He is now a proud member of the board of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative, headed for the 2016 ballot.

Danny Danko

Danny Danko is a writer, photographer and the Senior Cultivation Editor of HIGH TIMES magazine. He has personally selected HIGH TIMES’ annual Top 10 Strains of the Year since 2005 and is also the creator and founder of the HIGH TIMES Seed Bank Hall of Fame and the author of The Official HIGH TIMES Field Guide to Marijuana Strains. He hosts the podcast HIGH TIMES presents "Free Weed from Danny Danko."

Obie Trice III

Obie Trice III is an American rapper and songwriter. He is most known for his time spent signed to Shady Records. Since leaving the label, Trice has formed his own record label, Black Market Entertainment.

Killah Priest

Walter Reed better known by his stage name Killah Priest, is an American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan affiliate. He is known for his intensely spiritual lyrics, containing religious references and metaphors. He is connected to the Black Hebrew Israelites through his rhymes, and is known for his controversial and politicalsubject matter.

Atty. Matthew Abel

Founder/Executive Director Cannabis Counsel, PLC/ Michigan NORML Matthew Abel is Executive Director of Michigan NORML, and a Michigan criminal defense attorney of 29 years. Matthew is founder and Senior Partner of Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C., a law firm entirely devoted to cannabis clients and cases, providing both business advice and legal counseling as well as criminal defense in marijuana cases throughout Michigan. Mr. Abel is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the National Lawyers Guild, and the legal committee of the ACLU of Michigan. Matt is an Eagle Scout.

Larry Gabriel

Detroit Metro Times Larry Gabriel is a weekly contributor for the Detroit Metro Times and writes frequently about cannabis in his column "Higher Ground'

Lissa Satori

Lissa Satori is an accomplished statewide organizer of grassroots marijuana organizations. During her years of patient advocacy in Ohio, she was the Executive Director of Ohio Rights Group, the Founding Chair of Ohio’s only Women Grow Chapter, a founding member of the Ohio Hemp Chamber of Commerce, and the Founder of UnitedOhio. In 2016, she successfully united the vast majority of Ohio activists and led the volunteer effort for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana. Earlier this year, she became a Michigan resident and is now serving as the Coalition Outreach Coordinator for Michigan’s Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

Marvin Surowitz

www.partietv.com Marvin Surowitz continues as a professor of political science for over 50 years. He has been a cannabis activist for over 30 years. Among the books he has authored “Hemp, God’s Sacrament…The Holy Bible and You” and “Survival Guide to the War on Drugs…How We Can Win It” (available at amazon.com).

Zahra Abbas

I am 30 yrs old graduated with an associate degree, still working on bachelors in psychology involved with epilepsy foundation of michigan as well as volunteering at the EF-M camp Discovery and the national foundation walk. Volunteer with Autism Speaks of Michigan. Likes to canoe, hike, camp, working with kids. Educating the public on Epilepsy Awareness Advocating for Cannabis rights for patients everywhere. Educating the public on Cannabis and the many uses . I am also part of Healthy Dearborn. A Dearborn initiative to help educate and change the way things work to make healthier choices and give healthier options.

Jorge Cervantes

Jorge is a is a world-renowned expert on indoor, outdoor & greenhouse cannabis cultivation. He’s the author of multiple books and articles, all of which have been the key ingredient in millions of farmers growing top-quality marijuana. Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor / Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible and The Cannabis Encyclopedia are two prime examples of products which expand individual’s growing knowledge; quite literally, everything you need to know about growing marijuana. As a cannabis expert, author, & teacher in addition to being the head of Marijuanagrowing.com, the ultimate hub of videos, forums, photos & even online growing classes, Jorge Cervantes has definitely made his mark in cannabis culture.

Jim & Ryan Powers

Pediatric patient and his children, Michigan Parents for Compassion Jim Powers is the father of 6 year old Ryan, a Michigan pediatric cannabis patient with a severe auto-immune condition. Jim and his wife, Erin, are the co-founders of Michigan Parents for Compassion, fighting for legal protections and safe access for pediatric patients and their families. http://www.mp4c.net or email jim@mp4c.net

Alexi Sinanaj

Alexi Sinanaj is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying Chemical Engineering. He is the president of the university’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy Chapter, and in his time with the group, they have worked towards ending the war on drugs and progressing the state of drug policy in Ann Arbor and the state of Michigan. This past year, they worked towards passing a bill in the Michigan congress for comprehensive medical amnesty, which came into effect at the beginning of 2017. They also extensively petitioned for MILegalize, educated community members about harm reduction and their rights, worked with the university to push more educational and rehabilitative approaches, and many other efforts for changing the laws and culture surrounding drug use. He is the student liaison to the university for the Hash Bash planning committee.

DJ Short

Cannabis Cultivator and Breeder Referred to as the “Willy Wonka of Marijuana,” DJ Short is one of the most highly revered cultivators and breeders of marijuana. He has been producing some of the most unique strains since the 1970’s and his name continues to be recognized worldwide as a master of his art.

Captain Kirk

Captain Kirk has won numerous awards for his edible line. He is a member of The National Speakers Association, a certi ed teacher for Oaksterdam University, and the founder of Dab-O-Ween. Kirk helped open one of the rst dispensary in Michigan which is still open today and is credited with offering the very rst medicated edibles to the public on the east coast at 3rd Coast of Ypsilanti, MI. He has also catered to Tommy Chong, Willie Nelson, John Sinclair, and Ed Rosenthaul to name a few.

Adam L. Brook

Former emcee & organizer, Ann Arbor Hash Bash, 1993-2011, 2014; Host of Detroit Dab Warz at The OMS Dab House;1994 High Times Freedom Fighter of the Year, Freedom Fighters of America Judge, Cannabis Cup, 1994; President U of M NORML'93-'96; Board of Directors, Michigan National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2005-2007 & 2014-present; Speaker, Author & Black Market Representative. www.hashbash.com

Atty. Jeffery Hank

Chair of the Board Hank Law, MI Legalize Jeffrey Hank is a civil rights attorney and freedom activist from Lansing Michigan. He's the founder of Hank Law, and was the leader of both the Coalition for a Safer Lansing and Safer East Lansing campaigns to legalize the herb in both cities. He's also the Executive Director of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative working to legalize in Michigan for 2016.

Cassandra Ricks DiGilio

Board Member of Macomb County NORML, advocate for Medical Marijuana and the legalization of cannabis, and Founding Chairwoman of the Women Grow Metro Detroit Chapter. Also a member of MDP Progressive Black Caucus. Cannabis and Outdoor lover.

Brad Forrester

Political Organization Professional Formed the Cheboygan County Affiliate of Michigan NORML in December, 2011, to expand the network of cannabis reform into the very northern tip of the Lower Peninsula.

Chuck Voeltzel

One of the top three petitioners for the MI Legalize 2016 effort. Originally inspired by Chuck Ream at Hash Bash in 2014. Chuck cares deeply about legalizing the plant for personal use and on his personal time spends his time at musical festivals and Phish shows.

Cathleen Graham

Cathleen is a nationally respected speaker, educator, and thought leader on matters of the end of life care in general. She is Regional Weekend Service Operations Manager for one of the largest and most repsected hospices in the US. Co-founder of the Cannabis Standards Institute and has testi ed as an expert witness on health care issues before committees of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan State Senate. In addition, Cathleen is CEO/ Owner of CS Health Stop Holistic Education and Consulting specializing in cannabis dosing.