Chris Conrad is a well known author, consultant, public speaker, cannabis expert witness, museum curator and internationally respected authority on cannabis, industrial hemp, medical marijuana, cultivation, garden yields, processing, dosages, commercial intent, personal use and cannabis culture. He teaches at Oaksterdam University and the International Pharmacological Academy and has given numerous presentations for continuing legal education (CLE) and continuing medical education (CME) programs.

Chris Conrad signing books at the California Museum of Oakland.

As an expert witness, Chris has given testimony which has helped to shape California medical marijuana law. Click here for important legal information regarding medical cannabis in California and beyond. He is married to prominent human rights activist Mikki Norris.

Chris Conrad founded the Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp, the Family Council on Drug Awareness and the American Hemp Council in 1989. He is author of Hemp: Lifeline to the Future (1993), Hemp for Health (1997), co-author of Shattered Lives: Portraits From America’s Drug War (1998) and Human Rights and the U.S. Drug War (2001), author of Nostradamus and the Attack on New York (2002), Cannabis Yields and Dosage (2005, revised 2015) and now co-author of The Newbie’s Guide to Cannabis and the Industry(2015). He also designed, edited and did extensive writing for Jack Herer’s book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes (1990). His newest book is The Newbies Guide to Cannabis and the Industry, with Jeremy Daw.

Chris Conrad, Friends of Prop 64 victory party
Chris Conrad celebrates election night in California with Friends of Prop 64, 2016
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Chris Conrad wearing a hemp shirt as he examines a flowering cannabis plant in a California indoor medical marijuana garden, 2015.
Chris Conrad and wife, Mikki Norris
Chris Conrad and wife, Mikki Norris, after speaking at the Cannamed medical marijuana conference in Argentina, April 2014
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Opening of the redesigned Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, with Ben Dronkers, October 1993
Chris Mikki and Virgie
Opening of the Human Rights and the Drug War exhibit, with Mikki and our late partner, Virginia Resner, 1995
Conrad, Boucher, Martin, hemp field
Chris Conrad, Dave Martin and Chris Boucher at the hemp test crop in Imperial Valley, CA, 1994
Speaking from the Seattle Hempfest main stage 2010
Chris Conrad and Mikki Norris
Chris Conrad and Mikki Norris leading a Pot Pride / Cannabis Consumers’ rally outside San Francisco City Hall, 2000
With Jack Herer after designing and editing Herer’s book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, 1991
business alliance for commerce in hemp marijuana legalization strategy launched 1988
Chris Conrad’s original strategy for legalizing cannabis, launched 1989
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“The Many Uses of Hemp,” the flyer that launched the hemp movement in 1989.
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Chris Conrad and Mikki Norris with their yard sign for Proposition 215 Medical Marijuana, 1996

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