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Speakers Bureau

The campaign has representatives available to participate in forums and debates, speak at organization meetings, lecture college classes, and attend other public and private functions. Supporters with a variety of perspectives – including parents, health professionals, and former law enforcement officials – are also available for speaking engagements. See below for a sample of available speakers.

 


 

Mason Tvert

Mason is co-director of the 2012 Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and executive director of Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), a Denver-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol. Mason sits on the Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper, and he is an alumnus of the Center for Progressive Leadership Colorado Political Leaders Fellowship. Mason is co-author of the book, Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?, and he has contributed columns to a variety of Colorado and national publications. Mason has been a guest on CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, and BBC Radio, and his work has been highlighted by USA Today, The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among others.

Category: Campaign Leadership, Initiative Proponent

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Brian Vicente, Esq.

Brian is co-director of the 2012 Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and one of the primary authors of the initiative. He is executive director of Sensible Colorado, the state’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of medical marijuana patients and providers, and he is a founding member of Vicente Consulting, LLC, a law firm providing legal solutions for the medical marijuana community. Brian is the chair of the Denver Mayor’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel, serves on the Colorado Department of Revenue Medical Marijuana Oversight Panel, and coordinates the Colorado Bar Association’s Drug Policy Project. He received the Gideon Award in recognition of his First Amendment advocacy during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and his work has been highlighted in numerous state and national publications including the American Bar Association Journal, the Washington Post, and Time magazine.

Category: Campaign Leadership, Initiative Proponent

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Betty Aldworth

Betty is advocacy director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol. Her work in the field of marijuana policy has focused primarily on community and public relations with patient and community advocacy organizations, educational groups, and medical marijuana centers and affiliated businesses. Betty is spokesperson for the Women's Marijuana Movement and volunteers with Sensible Colorado, the Women's CannaBusiness Network, and other social justice and drug policy reform organizations. Prior to her work in marijuana policy, Betty worked in the nonprofit sector in Denver for 10 years, leading large volunteer teams for Project Angel Heart and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Category: Campaign Leadership

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Daniel Garcia

Daniel is an outreach coordinator for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. He is a second-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he serves as chair of Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy (LSSDP), and he is currently a legal intern for Sensible Colorado. Daniel is active in the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Association and Latino Law Students Association at at DU, and he sits on the board of OUTLaws, a law student-based LGBTQ advocacy organization. Daniel volunteers frequently with Mi Casa Resource Center and other organizations, where he provides Spanish-English translation services, and he participated in the Inter-American Legal Studies Program in Guatemala.

Category: Campaign Staff

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Joseph Megyesy

Joe is an outreach coordinator for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. He is a Colorado native and veteran Republican operative, most recently serving as communications director for Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-6). Prior to that, he worked as press secretary for the Colorado Senate Republican Caucus. In these positions, he helped develop and promote a public-policy agenda focused on protecting liberty, encouraging private-sector economic growth, and strengthening national security. Joe cut his political teeth while working in Budapest for Fidesz, the largest center-right political party in Hungary, during the 2006 parliamentary elections. Before moving overseas, Joe was active in the College Republicans and worked on several Republican campaigns, including Bill Owens for Governor in 2002 and Pete Coors for Senate in 2004.

Category: Campaign Staff

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Shaleen Title, Esq.

Shaleen is an outreach coordinator for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. She was the 2010 recipient of the Hunter S. Thompson Attorney Award, and this year, she was awarded the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Outstanding Alumni Award for her efforts to increase diversity among groups working toward drug policy reform. She is certified by TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS), a program designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving, and she is a certified rape crisis counselor. She previously worked as a multistate tax consultant and holds a Masters degree in accounting.

Category: Campaign Staff

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Josh Kappel, Esq.

Josh is the Associate Director of Sensible Colorado, the state’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of medical marijuana patients and providers. Josh graduated in the top 10% of his class at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he received the Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship and the Public Interest Law Clerkship. Josh also interned with the National ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. He frequently testifies at public hearings regarding issues related to medical marijuana, and he routinely contributes articles on such issues to local publications. Josh’s work has been highlighted in the Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette, Westword, and the Colorado Springs Independent.

Category: Campaign Supporter, Community Leader

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Art Way

Art is drug policy manager for the Colorado office of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Previously, he directed the Racial Justice Program at the Colorado Progressive Coalition (CPC), where he worked to halt the overrepresentation of people of color in the state's criminal justice system. Art currently serves on the Denver Mayor's African American Commission and on the Racial and Gender Disparity Committee of the Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission. He has successfully spearheaded multiple legislative campaigns in support of more just, compassionate, and fair criminal justice policies. Art lives in Denver and is the father of three.

Category: Campaign Supporter, Community Leader, Parent

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Dr. Erika Joye, PhD, NCSP

Dr. Joye a is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist with a PhD in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver. She currently works full time as a school psychologist in a Title I elementary school in Denver. Dr. Joye is also a part-time trainer and research consultant for the WhyTry Organization, a drop-out, violence, and drug and alcohol prevention program used in more than 6,000 schools in the United States and internationally. She is also adjunct faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver and Community College of Denver. Dr. Joye lives in Denver and is the mother of a 1-year-old.

Category: Campaign Supporter, Health Professional, Parent

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Jason Thomas

Jason served as a town marshal’s deputy in Holly, Colorado, and a detention officer in a 125-bed county jail in Prowers County, Colorado. He also has military experience in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. He supports Amendment 64 because of the unnecessary risk marijuana prohibition presents to law enforcement and the lifelong implications of marijuana arrests on otherwise law-abiding citizens. Due to his experience as a police officer and detention officer, as well as consulting experience in the marijuana industry, he is often requested to speak as an expert on marijuana prohibition. Jason lives in Aurora and is the father of two teenagers.

Category: Campaign Supporter, Law Enforcement, Veteran, Parent

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Ann Toney, Esq.

Ann served as a prosecutor for more than 15 years, and she holds a Masters degree in rehabilitation counseling. From 2000 to 2009, she served as a deputy district attorney in Colorado, prosecuting felony cases including drug cases, vehicular homicide, sex offenses, and DUI charges, and other misdemeanors. Previously, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in North Carolina, handling felony cases including drugs, homicides, sex offenses, and other violent crimes, and then in Guam, where she exclusively prosecuted felony sex offense crimes. Ann supports Amendment 64 because she believes limited government resources should be used to prosecute violent crimes; not to go after marijuana users, who typically do not pose any harm to society.

Category: Campaign Supporter, Health Professional, Law Enforcement, Parent

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Lynda Carter, Esq.

Lynda served as a law enforcement and corrections officer for five years. She worked for the Eagle Lake Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, and Department of Corrections in Florida. Lynda currently resides in Pagosa Springs, where she is a defense attorney and the mother of three children.

Category: Campaign Supporter, Law Enforcement, Parent

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Paul Houston

Paul is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a Russian-speaking Naval intelligence veteran. After exiting the Navy, he earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. For the past 20 years he has been president of Results Management Consultants and Rivalscape, a management consulting firm he founded that specializes in the field of corporate competitive intelligence and counterintelligence. A lifelong Republican, Paul supports Amendment 64 because he considers marijuana prohibition a wasteful and futile big government program. He has lived in Colorado since 1979, where he raised four children and now has five grandchildren.

Category: Campaign Supporter, Veteran, Parent

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Toni Fox

Toni is the owner of 3-D Denver’s Discreet Dispensary, a state-licensed medical marijuana center that opened in Denver in 2010. Previously, she and her husband founded and operated Falls by Fox, Inc., a custom water feature company and pond and water gardening retail center. Toni serves on the boards of directors for the Women’s Canna Business Network and Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), and she is a founding member of the Women’s Marijuana Movement. Toni lives in Littleton and is the mother of two children

Category: Campaign Supporter, Small Business Owner, Parent

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David K. Williams

David is a lawyer and a former state chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. He is the President and co-founder of  the Gadsden Society of Colorado, a nonpartisan public advocacy group that lobbies on behalf of small government principles at the state level. He is also a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Previously, Dave worked as a professional sports writer for the Asheboro (NC) Courier Tribune, did play-by-play for the Greensboro College football team, and hosted his own radio show. He has been blogging for years at BlueCarp.com, and he is an original contributor to the People's Press Collective.

Category: Campaign Supporter, Community Leader, Parent

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