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Is recognized worldwide as the leading authority on marijuana. For the last 35 years he has worked as a cultivation expert, researcher, writer, teacher and activist. His volume of works covers marijuana gardening, law, social policy and culture. They have cumulatively sold over two million copies worldwide.
Rosenthal views marijuana law as a crucial social issue. He serves as an expert witness on federal and state cultivation trials. He teaches classes at Oaksterdam University as well as cultivation seminars. Rosenthal is active promoting and developing civil regulation for marijuana.
Green Aid: The Medical Marijuana Legal Defense and Education Fund was formed to support Ed’s federal trial in 2003. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of Green Aid. Green Aid works to fund and publicize precedent-setting marijuana trials.
His best-selling titles include Marijuana Grower’s Handbook, Medical Marijuana Handbook, Why Marijuana Should Be Legal, the Big Book of Buds Series, Marijuana Garden Saver, and Best of Ask Ed, among others. Rosenthal currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Mickey Martin, T-Comp Director, & founder of Compassion Medicinal Edibles and Tainted Inc.
Mickey Martin is the author of the upcoming book release Medical Marijuana 101 and the technical editor for Aunt Sandy’s Medical Marijuana Cookbook. He is also the former Associate Editor for West Coast Cannabis Magazine and a founding project advisor for the Medical Cannabis Safety Council. His work in providing food-based medicines for nearly a decade revolutionized the industry of packaging and labeling of cannabis products.
Mickey Martin graduated with honors from St. Mary’s College of California in Business and has spent over ten years developing cannabis-based businesses in the community. He helped develop the founding principles and vision for the Medical Cannabis Safety Council through his call for self-regulation and responsibility in the cannabis industry. He has researched extensively many aspects of the cannabis industry, including nomenclature, history, safety, quality control, and cannabis production environments and methods. Mickey Martin is the author of Cannabis Warrior, a blog that chronicles his experiences in dealing with major issues facing the cannabis movement.
Mamakind (a/k/a Lisa Kirkman) was born in the University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She attended the Universities of Lethbridge, Calgary and Poona (Pune, India) working toward a degree in Religious Studies. After the birth of her first child, Mamakind moved to British Columbia to pursue her love of cannabis and passion for writing and editing with Cannabis Culture magazine. While in BC, she founded a medical cannabis dispensary (the Sunshine Coast Compassion Club Society), was a contributor to Cannabis Health Journal, started her own cannabis-related advertising directory, and contributed to SKUNK Magazine the same year, answering stoners’ sex & relationship questions and later moved to Montreal, Quebec to become SKUNK’s Senior Editor and Sales Director. Among being published in Celebstoner, Skunk, High Times and more she has recently entered the world of book writing, with her first work, “SexPot: The Marijuana Lover’s Guide to Getting’ It On,” published by Ed Rosenthal, to hit the stands in the Fall of 2011.
Eapen Thampy is the executive director of Americans for Forfeiture Reform, a non-profit organization working on issues of civil and criminal asset forfeiture in the United States. During his high school and college years, Eapen participated in competitive academic policy debate in the NDT and NDT/CEDA leagues as a competitor, coach, and consultant for Cross-x.com. Thampy has also worked in the restaurant and wine industries and spends his free time writing on a wide range of subjects, from law and economics to wine and drug policy reform.
Rad Russ Belville
Russ Belville has risen from the grassroots to become NORML’s Outreach Coordinator. He began his activism in 2005 as the webmaster and associate director of Oregon NORML, the largest NORML chapter in the country. Russ is a media professional, creator of The NORML Network, a 24/7 all-cannabis news and events internet radio network. He also produces and hosts NORML’s award-winning NORML SHOW LIVE talk radio show. His daily writing and analysis on NORML’s blogs make Mr. Belville one of the most-read commentators on marijuana law reform in the country, if not the most entertaining. He is a popular speaker at rallies, festivals, and protests, and few reformers have a better grasp of the day-to-day news and policies affecting ordinary cannabis consumers.
Publishes and edits CelebStoner.com, the leading source for marijuana and celebrity news on the web. He is also known as the co-founder, along with Willie Nelson, of the Teapot Party. A former editor of High Times Magazine, he produced the Stony and Doobie awards shows, and the Hempilatiion benefit albums for NORML during his more than 15 years with the magazine and was the recipient of NORML’s Media & Culture Award in 2004..
He has appeared as a moderator, panelist and speaker at many marijuana-reform events, including the NORML conference, the Drug Policy Alliance conference, Seattle Hempfest, Boston Freedom Rally, Cannabis Peace March, and Cypress Hill’s SmokeOut and Spring Gathering events.
He is co-author of Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide (Abrams Image, 2010) and Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life (Abrams Image, 2008). He is the author of Video Invaders (Arco, 1982) and Watch Out for the Little Guys (St. Martins Press, 1989).
Skilled at nothing besides writing, journalist/Road Dog Chad Nance has been the political editor of Skunk Magazine, columnist, radio talk show host, author, and now editor in chief of WLN a political web-site knee-deep in the bloody muck of American politics. Covering stories from the anti-war, anti-prohibition, #occupy, and LBGT rights movements, Nance makes it a point to stay in the middle of the fight and occasionally pick a few himself. You can follow his further adventures here at the Puffington Host and in his first work of non-fiction “Hill Billy Highway: The Odyssey of an Ugly American Lose at the Dawn of the 21st Century”.
Ngaio Bealum is the Editor In Kief of West Coast Magazine. He also tells jokes. He has been on ABC, Comedy Central, BET, MTV and been on The Bob and Tom show. He has appeared at Hudreds of cannabis related events and produces the Cannabis Comedy Festival. Find him on twitter: ngaio420 or on facebook:http://tiny.cc/ngaiobealum
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