Ethan Russo, PhD - Pharmaceutical Development of Cannabis
Michael McGuffin, PhD - Herbal Medicine
Eric Steenstra - Industrial Hemp
Bill Piper - Legalization
Michael McGuffin is the president of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and has been active in the herbal industry since 1975. He has owned and managed both retail and manufacturing businesses in this field. Michael also serves on the boards of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and United Plant Savers, and on the Advisory Board of the USC School of Pharmacy Regulatory Science Master's Degree Program. In addition, he is the managing editor of AHPA’s Botanical Safety Handbook, first (1997) and second (2013) editions, and of Herbs of Commerce, 2nd edition (2000).
Bill Piper is the director of DPA’s office of national affairs in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for ending the federal war on drugs. He lobbies Congress in support of cutting drug war waste, protecting state marijuana laws from federal interference, reforming draconian sentencing laws, re-structuring federal law enforcement agencies, and preventing drug overdoses and the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.
Ethan Russo MD
Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and Medical Director of PHYTECS, a biotechnology company researching and developing innovative approaches targeting the human endocannabinoid system (“ECS”). The PHYTECS team pioneered scientific understanding of how the ECS regulates physiological functions including immunity, pain, inflammation, mood, emotion, learning, memory, metabolism, appetite, weight, sleep, embryo development, neuroprotection and stress responses.
Steph Sherer is founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.
Eric Steenstra is a founder and the President of Vote Hemp, a national single-issue grassroots non-profit group based in Washington, DC. Vote Hemp’s mission is to change state and federal laws to allow American farmers to grow hemp commercially and the organization has been instrumental in getting pro-hemp legislation passed in more than 30 states as well as at the federal level.