Founder and Chair Emeritus
I founded the Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization to end the senseless, expensive, and structurally racist war on drugs. I’ve been a leader in the field for years, having worked as the Executive Director of Minnesota NORML. I’ve written model legislation to end the prohibition of marijuana in Minnesota, and I’ve helped thousands of consumers find their voice as we lobby together for an equitably regulated, reasonably taxed cannabis industry in Minnesota. I’m a family man, a writer, an organizer, a cultural activist, and a social entrepreneur.
John Bartee III
I am a college student with a background in politics, economics, and the social sciences. I joined the campaign after looking for ways to end the War on Drugs in Minnesota. I lead our efforts in the field as we advocate for an equitable cannabis industry that benefits everyone. I enjoy reading, writing, and FIFA whenever I’m not working as a personal care assistant.
I am a professionally trained medical scientist with a background in hematology. I joined the campaign to help end workplace discrimination, which continues to affect thousands of cananbis consumers in Minnesota, especially those enrolled in the state’s medical program. I believe all Minnesotans are worthy of nondiscrimination protections. I educate our members about the current realities of cannabis despite federal law.
Tony Parish Sr
I am a dual-enrolled graduate student at the University of Minnesota focused on the impact of public policy on public health. I joined the campaign because I am an advocate for racial equity and tribal sovereignty. I believe Minnesota has the chance to right many of the wrongs caused by the prohibition of marijuana in our state, particularly the harm done to native communities and communities of color.