National Cannabis Summit Guest List Contains a Few Shockers

On April 20, the who’s who of marijuana policy will head to Washington, D.C. for the first annual National Cannabis Festival Policy Summit. Its mission: “to highlight progress in reforming cannabis laws around the country.”

The event -- part of the third annual festival -- was organized by cannabis marketing professional Caroline Phillips of The High Street. She's already lined up a diverse cast that includes former NAACP President Ben Jealous, Brookings Institution Deputy Director John Hudak, and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist, one of the most influential conservatives in the nation.

“To be able to put Grover Norquist on the stage with somebody like John Hudak, and to have them echo each other in their belief about fairness for cannabis tax is something that I think will hopefully maybe move the needle an inch towards progress on sensible cannabis policy,” Phillips said.

Also participating in discussions will be Jose Belen, an army veteran currently suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Karl Racine, the first elected Attorney General of Washing, D.C. who is delivering the keynote address.

Below is the full list of policy summit speakers for the NCF. Learn more about them here

• Ricardo Baca, Founder/Founding Editor of The Cannabist

• Jose Belen, Veteran of the United States Army and Founder of Mission Zero

• Betsy Cavendish, General Counsel to the Executive Office of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser

• Louis Celli, Jr., National Director of Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitative Services for The American Legion

• C.J. Ciaramella, Criminal Justice Reporter at Reason Magazine

• Dr. Imani Cheers, professor at George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

• Tanganyika Daniel, cannabis advocate and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps

• John Kagia, Executive Vice President of New Frontier Data

• Adam Eidinger, Director of Social Action at Dr. Bronner's

• Steve Fox, Director of VS Strategies

• Jon Fasman, Washington Correspondent for The Economist

• Ben Jealous, Civil Rights Activist and Former President & CEO, NAACP

• John Hudak, Deputy Director, Center for Effective Public Management of The Brookings Institution

• Kayvan Khalatbari, Founding Partner of Denver Relief Consulting

• Rabbi Jeffrey A. Kahn, M.A.H.L., D.D. of Takoma Wellness Center

• Dr. Mikhail Kogan, Medical Director of George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine

• Dr. Chandra Macia, Owner of National Holistic Healing Center and Chairwoman of Women Grow

• Amanda Chicago Lewis, Investigative Reporter at Rolling Stone Magazine

• Clark Neily, Vice President of Criminal Justice at The Cato Institute

• Niambe McIntosh, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate and Daughter of Peter Tosh, Sister of Jawara "Tosh1" McIntosh

• Michelle Minton, Senior Fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute

• Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax reform

• Shasta Penny, Publisher at Sensi Magazine, D.C.

• Karl A. Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia

• Tahira Rehmatullah, Chief Financial Officer of MTech Acquisition Corp.

• Eric Sterling, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Reform Foundation

• Shaleen Title, Commissioner of the Massachussets Cannabis Control Commission

• Jane West, CEO at Jane West and Founder of Women Grow