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Mikki Norris, M.A.

PO Box 21106, El Sobrante CA 94803 USA
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Director of the Cannabis Consumers Campaign
Coordinator of Human Rights and the Drug War
Boardmember of Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance

Managing Editor of the West Coast Leaf newspaper.

Mikki Norris in Trinity County, 2013

Mikki visiting Trinity County, CA, 2013

Mikki sitting in her California office, 2003.

Mikki Norris shown on CSPAN addressing marijuana policy reform.

Mikki on CSPAN report

Mikki Norris has been an activist for drug policy reform since 1989 when she formed the American Hemp Council along with her husband Chris Conrad. In subsequent years, they took several cross-country trips to educate the public on the many uses of hemp, and to network and strategize with activists and businesspeople on how to advance the movement. In 1993, she and Chris moved to Amsterdam to design exhibits for and curate the Hash Marijuana Hemp Museum, which they updated in 2000. As community action co-coordinator for Californians for Medical Rights, she helped organize petitioners to qualify the medical marijuana initiative (Prop. 215) for the 1996 ballot.

Campaigning for medical marijuana reform

Mikki Norris (right) with her husband, Chris Conrad, working as community action coordinators for California's medical marijuana law, Prop 215. It was passed overwhelmingly by voters in 1996.

In 1995, shortly after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Mikki decided to take on broader Drug War issues and felt compelled to put a human face on its prisoners' and their families' plights, through the creation and development of the photo exhibit project, Human Rights and the Drug War (HRDW, originally known as Human Rights 95) with Chris Conrad and Virginia Resner. The exhibit has been shown in various forms at events, conferences, universities, government buildings and libraries throughout the US and Europe. To make the powerful exhibit material even more accessible, the three co-authored two books, Shattered Lives: Portraits from America's Drug War and Human Rights and the US Drug War and sponsor the website, www.hr95.org. For this work, they were presented with the Robert C. Randall Award in the Field of Citizen Action at the Lindesmith Center/Drug Policy Foundation's 2001 conference.

The directors of HRDW in 1998.

Mikki Norris (right) with co-authors and fellow Randall Award recipients Virginia Resner (left) and Chris Conrad. Photo 1998 from back cover of their book Shattered Lives.

Mikki is currently working on advancing the equal rights / "Pot Pride"/ Cannabis Consumers Campaign concept, helping former drug war POW Will Foster with his "Adopt a Green Prisoner" project, and documenting patient harassment in California.

She has a BA degree in sociology and is a former teacher with a Master's Degree in Special Education.

Mikki Norris standing at the Checkpoint Charlie location that once separated East and West Berlin. Her goal is to break down the barriers that separate people from the mainstream and treat cannabis consumers like second class citizens, as well as to defend the human rights of all. 1998.

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