This was the line up for the 2017 event,
let’s put togehter a smash for 2019!
April 20, 2017 – 11-2 – Free Admission – Kid Friendly, no pets.
Master of Ceremonies - Dr. Pete Ludovice
Pete’s first interest in the science of cannabis began a few years ago when he was telling jokes at the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Atlanta, and discovered how little the public knew about cannabis. Scince then he has begun researching various aspects of cannabis, including the simulation of the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, and the thermodynamics of cannabinoid extraction. He is also the consulting scientist on Altered Plates, an upscale TV show on cooking with cannabis that is designed as much to educate as to entertain.
Carla Howell - National Political Director, Libertarian Party
The 2002 initiative shocked the political establishment of Massachusetts when it won 45% of the vote. The 2010 initiative was ahead in the polls prior to the airing of millions of dollars in opposition advertising. Her initiatives forced the Teachers Union and other allies of Big Government to spend $12,000,000 in 2008 and 2010 – just to prevent tax decreases.
Ms. Howell won 308,860 votes in her Libertarian U.S. Senate race against Ted Kennedy in 2000. It was the highest vote percentage ever for a Libertarian in a U.S. Senate race against a Democrat and Republican.
She opposed and debated Mitt Romney and high-profile Democrats including Robert Reich in her 2002 run for Governor of Massachusetts.
Ms. Howell won the endorsement of the Boston Herald in her 1998 race for Massachusetts State Auditor.
She has consulted for hundreds of initiatives and campaigns at the local, state and federal level and organized the 2009 Small Government Summit which trained candidates and activists how to formulate and sell liberty proposals with broad appeal to voters. One outgrowth of the Summit was the creation of her game Who’s Driving which she designed to train libertarians to proactively advance liberty in their campaigns, conversations and public appearances.
Ms. Howell has been a featured, stand-alone guest on the Neil Cavuto Show, O’Reilly Factor, Glenn Beck, andFox Business News Happy Hour and hundreds of TV and radio interviews and debates since 1998.
Her campaigns were covered by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, The Economist, Financial Times, USA Today.
She created and was the original host for the radio show Libertarians Working for You. She also composes songs with libertarian themes and in 2001 released her tax spoof song How Could I Live Without Filing Taxes which was played on over 100 radio stations nationwide.
Prior to becoming politically active, Carla Howell worked for 22 years in the private sector in engineering, marketing and management in the fields of high tech and health care.
Senator Curt Thompson
Diane Fornbacher - LadyBud Magazine
Ebony Knight - NORML Womens Alliance
Gareth Young - Compassionate Atlanta
Senator Harold Jones II
Jeremy Sharp - Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Jeremy’s greatest success in activism to date comes from helping pass GA HB 965 (GSP and Naloxone Access.) This bill has resulted in an immediate and positive impact in Georgia. Calls for help in Hall county Ga, where the UNG SSDP chapter was started and is active, have increased by 400% since 2014. In Georgia, as of May 2016, there have been 453 Naloxone opioid reversals since the comprehensive law was signed.
Along with SSDP alum Esmee Bancroft, Jeremy wrote a 22 page paper titled Student Synopsis On Current Peer Overdose Endemic, which was given to legislators during the chapter’s lobbying efforts. It was used in the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee hearings by the legislators. Jeremy also testified on behalf of the bill, and helped build a grass roots effort that passed the inclusive bill. The local SSDP chapters are currently working with a plethora of organizations to inform Georgians about the laws immunizes as well as Naloxone access. Jeremy’s life has been negatively affected by our 40 year-long Drug War. He has seen how our poor and minority populations have become demonized by Draconian drug laws. Helping end these corrupt and inept policies will most likely become Jeremy’s life’s work. “I hope my children do not have to live in an America where their rights are diluted and diminished by a system that operates on the presumption of serving justice.”
Kevin Fortune - Founder, President, & CEO- Liberty America, Inc.
His nickname is “KK” (King Kevin because he is called the king of liberty.
Personal testimony of how libertarianism can take you from welfare to wealth via laissez-faire capitalism. He runs his own business (Kevin Fortune, LLC) where he invests in the financial markets.
He is very involved in the community as an activist & volunteer. He is especially recognized for his fundraising where he has raised great amounts of money for worthy causes. He is also very active in one of Atlanta’s most prominent churches (Briarcliff Baptist Church), a historic institution that has stood for individual freedom and liberty. Kevin is proud to be a Christian and has been a leader in the Christian libertarian movement.
But, most of all he is proud of the many new people he has introduced and brought into libertarianism!
Paul Maner - Republican candidate for Georgia State Senate District 40
Paul D. Maner
Republican candidate for Georgia State Senate District 40
As a lifetime resident of Atlanta, in the soon-to-be City of LaVista Hills, Paul Maner identifies strongly with his community. Paul is a graduate of Morrow Senior High School, and is dedicated to continuously furthering his education in ethics, social security, Medicare, compliance, taxes and estate planning, amongst other areas of expertise. With over 19 years in business as a Financial Advisor, Paul currently works with National Financial Services Group in Atlanta, GA.
Russ Belville - The Russ Belville Show
“Radical” Russ Belville, the hyperkinetic host of The Russ Belville Show on CannabisRadio.com, is one of the most ardent and well-informed voices in the fight to legalize medical and adult use cannabis in the United States.
An Idaho native now based in Portland, Oregon, Belville travels extensively, taking his show on the road. He interviews the people who are shaping legalization and defining the parameters of regulations that directly influence cannabis businesses across the nation.
Belville brings a wealth of experience to his current cannabis advocacy efforts, including contributions to High Times and Marijuana Politics. He has also spoken at popular events such as the Seattle Hempfest and he is the former executive director of Portland NORML.
Sharon Ravert – Executive Director Peachtree NORML
Sharon is a wife, mother, caregiver, business owner and life long resident of Georgia. Her eyes were opened when her family was traumatized by the “War on Drugs”, she uses her ears to listen to other victims and her voice to tell their stories and educate others on the direct and indirect harms of prohibition and how it affects us all.
Sharon has been a guest on numerous radio stations across the country as well as local and regional TV news affiliates. As well as LadyBud Magazine, HighTimes Magazine and Main Street. She was recently nominated by Mass/Cann NORML for National Female Activist of the Year. Sharon has traveled the country speaking on various topics including drug policy, activism, southern strategies and harm reduction. She produces a segment on 420radio.com highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.
Stanley Atkins II - The Cannimedic
Stephanie Grande - Industrial Hemp Activist and Colorado Hemp Farmer
Star Captain Steph is a technical writer and contract negotiator and hemp farmer advocate. Born in Arizona and raised in a military family, her family settled in Durango, Colorado in 1992. In 1998, she graduated from Colorado’s Campus in the Sky (Fort Lewis College) with undergraduate degrees in French and Business Administration and also attended Ecole Superieur de Commerce de La Rochelle (France) and George Washington University’s School of Business.
She has provided electrical products and services to the petroleum, military, mining and utilities industries for more than 20 years.
She now resides in Peachtree City, Georgia with her daughter and serves as a Flint River Basin Advisory Council Member to the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District. Star Captain and her daughter are both black belts in taekwondo, certified scuba divers and aerial artists. Star Captain speaks French and Spanish and enjoys skydiving, private pilot training, yoga and as you might have guessed, talking about hemp!