Mason Tvert is cofounder and executive director of Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) and its lobbying arm, the SAFER Voter Education Fund. He currently sits on the Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Mason is a coauthor of Marijuana Is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink?, as well as a contributor to the Huffington Post. He appears frequently in national, local, and campus media, discussing the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol.
Under Mason's leadership, SAFER has carried out a variety of national, local and campus organizing and earned media efforts - such as the SAFER Campuses Initiative and the Women's Marijuana Movement - which have generated more than $3 million of on-message earned media coverage in just over five years.
Mason coordinated the successful Denver ballot initiatives in 2005 and 2007, making it the first city in the nation to remove all penalties for adult marijuana possession, and designating such activity the city's lowest law enforcement priority. He also coordinated the 2006 statewide legalization initiative in Colorado that garnered more than 41 percent of the vote.
Laura Kriho has been involved in cannabis politics since 1992. From 1995 to 1997, she served as a legislative aide to state Senator Lloyd Casey as he sponsored the first industrial hemp legislation in the country. In 1997, she was a co-author of the Compassionate Therapeutic Cannabis Act, a ballot initiative proposed for the state of Colorado. She has organized many grassroots political campaigns to fight for patient rights around the country. In 2009, she founded the Cannabis Therapy Institute to promote cannabis education, research and advocacy.
CTI organized the main grassroots opposition to Colorado's repressive medical marijuana legislation and developed draft regulations for a patient-centered regulatory model, called the Medical Cannabis Patient and Caregiver Protection Act. CTI has also developed certification programs for Certified Cannabis Therapists(tm), Certified Cannabis Patient Advocates(tm), and Certified Cannabis Caregivers(tm). Laura has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado and is currently a resident of Boulder, Colorado.
Jason Lauve has more than 20 years of experience working with computer graphics. He has worked with a wide range of fields from children's stories and internet radio to scientific visualization, forensics and simulation animation. He has worked with companies including Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Nintendo, NREL, PAX, Starz Encore, Viacom, and the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, teaching 3D animation, special effects, game design and digital media classes in the animation department. When the Web was in its infancy, Lauve produced EarDrum.com, a world music Internet radio station that was part of the GoGaGa.com radio network. Jason was involved with the insurance litigation animation and 3D computer modeling of the World Trade Center building collapse on September 11, 2001. In 2004 he was in a serious accident at Eldora.
Now, Jason is the owner of Cannabis Health News™. I am a medical cannabis patient in Colorado and was acquitted of possessing 34 ounces of Cannabis medication in August of 2009. I am now actively moving forward to help communicate and educate those around us in understanding what cannabis is, the history of its use, and how it helps millions decent quality of life. We are aiming for a mature medical patient readership, including their caregivers, friends, family and people who want to learn more about what medical cannabis is. CHNM™ is something you will want to pick up from a doctor’s waiting room table, your neighbor’s coffee table, or your local newsstand. Health is a very broad topic and CHNM™ will be featuring many different articles on new research and findings, how to take cannabis medication, exercise, meditation, music, dispensaries, methods of growing, and many other topics. CHNM™ has stories of patients, cultivators, and caregivers’ experiences. Of course we will be keeping our readers up to date on cannabis politics.
Vincent Palazzotto settled in Colorado from the Northeast in 1998. He is an avid real estate investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist and is the founding partner of the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of the Rockies (MMAPR) and Mobile Doctors of America.
Since 2000, Vincent has been actively involved in working with local chapters of the National MS Society and Junior Achievement in order to promote educational and community awareness throughout the Colorado community. Vincent previously served as a US Army Communications Officer and holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and a MA in Technology Management and Leadership studies from the University of Denver. In launching MMAPR and most recently, Mobile Doctors of America, Vincent is helping lead the fight to ensure alternative treatments are made accessible and affordable to those who are most in need.
In more than eight years working as a volunteer leader in the nonprofit sector, Betty Aldworth’s employment with highly esteemed Colorado non-profits like Project Angel Heart and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have provided her with valuable experience in team leadership, adult education, and effective non-profit management. Working and volunteering with science-based and social-justice organizations created a unique skill set that Betty directed toward serving medical marijuana patients in Colorado in the fall of 2009 when she joined the foundational team at Full Spectrum Laboratories--the nation's first independent medicinal cannabis analytical laboratory.
Now, as the executive director of Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation, Betty will be redirecting the work of that organization to provide research and educational resources to Colorado's patients, caregivers, wellness centers, and decision makers.