Revisions in state medical cannabis laws are intended to help patients but in some places can make access more difficult and diminish existing rights. This panel will discuss tension points in maintaining patients' rights and how to keep new laws and regulations from rolling back those rights.
Kari Boiter is a Legislative Analyst at Americans For Safe Access, currently based in Washington State. Prior to her advocacy work, Kari spent three years at the Washington State Legislature and enjoyed a successful career in broadcast journalism. As a medical cannabis patient who struggles with a rare connective tissue disorder that is often crippling, she is determined to see safe, reliable access to affordable medicine become a reality in all 50 states, as well as the federal level. In the past 18 months, Kari has helped author and introduce three different legislative proposals in Washington State. In 2013, she was named ASA’s national “Medical Cannabis Patient Advocate of the Year” award for public outreach on behalf of federal defendants facing lengthy mandatory minimum prison terms for state-legal medical marijuana. In addition to her policy expertise, Kari has played a leading role as Media Coordinator and Strategic Advisor to the Kettle Falls Five, a family of medical marijuana patients who defiantly stood trial and was recently acquitted of nearly all federal drug trafficking charges. She has also served as a consultant for international media including The Guardian, CNN, TIME Magazine, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, Associated Press, Forbes, Al Jazeera America, Huffington Post, plus local newspaper and TV affiliates throughout the United States.
Martin A. Lee
Martin A. Lee is the director of Project CBD (projectcbd.org), an educational service that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics. He is the author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific, winner of the American Botanical Council’s James A. Duke Award for Excellence in Botanical Literature. Lee is also co-founder of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) and the author of Acid Dreams and The Beast Reawakens.
Kristin Nevedal is the Director of the Patient Focused Certification Program. Before joining ASA she co-founded and served on the board of the Emerald Growers Association whose mission is to promote the medicinal, environmental, social, and economic benefits of lawfully cultivated sun-grown medical cannabis from California’s Emerald Triangle region by advocating for public policies that foster a healthy, sustainable medical cannabis industry.