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Brad Forrester is a tireless advocate for cannabis reform efforts in Michigan and across the country.

 

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2007 to Present ~ Working mostly from his home outside Cheboygan, Michigan, Brad is the Local Program Director of the Cheboygan County Affiliate of the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Brad is also a member of the Northern Michigan Compassion Club, an organization that led the effort to challenge Cheboygan County’s local Planning and Zoning Department’s ordinance amendment that attempted to restrict medical cannabis patients and caregivers. The group was unsuccessful at shaping the ordinance which was ruled unenforceable by a Wayne County Circuit Court and affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals.

 

2008 to 2009 ~ Brad Forrester and a seasoned group of dedicated advocates dug into their own pockets and founded the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association. As a member of the Board of Directors, Brad was a powerful advocate who traveled across the state to help organize local compassion clubs (non-dispensing support groups), and encourage qualifying patients and competent caregivers to register with the State. Brad developed the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association’s website and a majority of it’s resources, which at the time was the only guidance available to a medical cannabis community that didn’t fully understand the newly passed legislation. Much of that information is still on the site and is as beneficial today to new patients and caregivers as it was in 2009. Brad’s leadership provided guidance and a support system for the medical cannabis community, and played an instrumental role helping Michigan become the state with the most registered medical marijuana patients in the country.

 

2008 to Present ~ Brad is also a current faculty member of the original cannabis reform educational institute, Oaksterdam University. OU is based in Oakland, California and was founded by Richard Lee, who recently appointed OU’s present Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones to manage the institution’s operations. Board members from Michigan Medical Marijuana Association all attended OU seminars, including two trips by Brad and fellow Board member Greg Francisco to the Los Angeles Campus for advanced training. That dedication to OU was rewarded in 2009 when a Michigan Campus was established in Ann Arbor, MI, where hundreds of people have attended seminars. As faculty members, both Brad and Greg have provided an immense amount of instructional materials to OU that’s in use by students across the country today.

 

2011 to Present ~ Brad is a County Coordinator for RepealToday.org, a legalization initiative organized by the Coalition for a Safer Michigan. The initiative would place a proposal on the November 2012 ballot to amend Michigan’s Constitution and prohibit any law criminalizing hemp and cannabis.

 

 

 

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