Mikki Norris

A cannabis reform activist since 1989, Mikki Norris is best known for her award winning book, Shattered Lives: Portraits from America’s Drug War based on the traveling photo exhibit, Human Rights and the Drug War (hr95.org), which put a human face on the prisoners and victims of US drug policies. Mikki and her husband, Chris Conrad, have been spokespeople for the cause throughout the years and have done many speaking engagements and networking tours around the US, Europe, South America, and Australia. They lived in Amsterdam in 1993 while curating and designing the Hash, Marihuana, and Hemp Museum. Norris and Conrad were grassroots petition drive coordinators for Prop. 215, the medical marijuana law passed by voters in California in 1996. She is director of the Cannabis Consumers Campaign, which asks people to come out of the closet and stand up for equal rights (cannabisconsumers.org). In 2006, Norris was a political consultant to the lowest law enforcement priority initiatives in five cities. She was Managing Editor and Publisher (with her husband, Chris Conrad) of the West Coast Leaf (westcoastleaf.com) newspaper from 2008 to 2013 (now theleafonline.com). She has been recognized for her leadership and received many awards for her activism, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emerald Cup in 2015. She provided public education and outreach services for Prop 64 ballot initiative. She is currently holding Cannamaste gatherings to explore cannabis spirituality.