Chris Conrad

Chris Conrad is an author and consultant on industrial hemp, medical marijuana, cultivation, processing, religious and personal use and a court-qualified expert witness who testified more than 350 times in state, military and federal courts. A featured speaker at events around the world, he teaches political science at Oaksterdam University, CLEs for attorneys and CMEs for health care professionals. has links to his books and other sites, including

His latest book is The Newbie’s Guide to Cannabis and the Industry. Conrad wrote Hemp: Lifeline to the Future and Hemp for Health. Cannabis Yields and Dosage is a standard in the field. He presented for the National Academy of Science, the Fifth International Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, a national Uruguayan ministry and many others. Conrad legally grew and processed marijuana in Europe in the early 1990s and curated the Hash-Marihuana-Hemp Museum in Amsterdam and the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland CA.

He and wife Mikki Norris were instrumental in passing California’s Proposition 215 initiative legalizing medical use, SB 420 creating collectives and Proposition 64 legalizing adult use. They cofounded Human Rights and the Drug War and co-authored Shattered Lives: Portraits from America’s Drug War and Human Rights and the US Drug War with Virginia Resner. Among other honors, Chris and Mikki have received awards from the Hemp Industries Association, Drug Policy Alliance, NORML, the Bay Guardian, Seattle HempFest and a lifetime achievement award from the Emerald Cup.

Conrad was editor of Oaksterdam News and The West Coast Leaf, “the cannabis newspaper of record,” and designed and edited Jack Herer’s book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Conrad was first president of the Hemp Industries Association, editor of HempWorld magazine and portrayed Johnny Marijuanaseed on the PBS program The Nineties.