Sara Arnold, FLCA, Parenting, Pregnancy, and Child Protective Services
Yamileth Bolanos, Organ transplants
Stacia Cosner, SSDP, Education
Sara Arnold aka Sahra Kant is a hard-working drug policy advocate and activist committed to ending the persecution of pregnant women and parents (of all genders) for cannabis use in criminal or civil matters. She is one of two people in Massachusetts and one of very few reformers who speaks on this issue throughout the United States. A dual-citizen born and raised in Massachusetts, she has been increasingly and extensively active in the drug policy movement since her teens on local, national and international levels. Her leadership positions have included Media Contact (Scotland) for the UK’s Legalize Cannabis Alliance (now CLEAR), Director and Social Media Maven for MassCann/NORML, and Mass Grass newspaper as Family Issues Columnist. She is currently on the board of Students for Sensible Drug Policy‘s national Outreach, Recruitment & Diversity Committee (SSDP ORD) where she is Vice-Chair, and is Co-Founder of the Family Law & Cannabis Alliance (FLCA). She has appeared at a number of drug policy conferences and festivals including DPA’s Reform conference as well as several universities and law schools. Involved with a wide intersection of organizations on marijuana-related family issues, her panel at Harvard was one of National Advocate for Pregnant Women‘s “Reproductive Justice Moments of 2012.” Sara is a mother of two little girls. She has faced CPS three times (thus far) for medical marijuana use.
Yami Bolanos is a 59-year old organ transplant survivor and medical cannabis patient who is fighting to prevent discrimination in the organ transplant process in California as a spokesperson for AB 258 in the state legislature. Ms. Bolanos is also a patient operator of one of the collectives qualified to operate under Measure D in Los Angeles and the President of the Greater Los Angeles Collectives Alliance (GLACA). GLACA is the oldest medical cannabis trade association in California and represents 59 legal medical cannabis facilities in the Los Angeles area.
Anastacia “Stacia” Cosner is the Deputy Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Her areas of responsibility include: management, finances, administration, event planning, program implementation, development, communication, and data.
Don Duncan has served on the Board of Directors since he co-founded American for Safe Access in 2002. As California Director, he is coordinating the grassroots and grasstops campaign to fully implement the states medical cannabis laws, respond to federal interference, and build a broader and more powerful coalition for medical cannabis in California. Mr. Duncan was instrumental in galvanizing grassroots resistance to federal raids and in seeding local self-regulatory alliances for medical cannabis providers statewide. He has worked closely with elected officials, law enforcement, collective operators, and community members in local implementation efforts in several California cities and counties, and is currently working with lawmakers in Sacramento to adopt legislation to expand rights for patients.