Welcome to the 2023
Cannabis and Psychedelic Symposium
Join us Saturday, April 15th!
2023 Keynote Speakers
Opening Plenary Speaker
Cannabis Research at the University of Colorado and the Imperative for Racial Justice in the Industry
A current University of Colorado regent and CU alum, Wanda James is also one of the most widely respected leaders in cannabis today. As a Black woman, a veteran, and a former Fortune 100 executive, she has spent the past decade working to remove the stigma of the plant and shedding light on the racial inequities of the cannabis industry.
Activist Keynote Speaker
The History and Future of Psychedelics
Alleged to have produced "90% of the world's LSD," William Leonard Pickard is a former drug policy fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, research associate in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, and deputy director of the Drug Policy Analysis Program at UCLA. With two life sentences without parole, he served 20 years in maximum security federal prisons, and was released in 2020.
Closing Plenary Speaker
This is a Psychedelic Revolution, Not a Renaissance
Working at the forefront of psychedelic drug policy, Monica Cadena is an Afro-Latinx California-based artist, writer, yogi, movement worker, digital alchemist, and the co-founder of Black Healers Connect, a digital and in-person community for healers of the diaspora. Her work has been featured in Yoga Journal, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and People, among others. She’s the co-creator of the podcast Healing for the Culture, alongside Heather Archer, and is the former co-founder of Wear Your Voice Magazine, an intersectional feminist digital publication with a recent investment by serial investor Mark Cuban. Monica’s passion for highlighting stories from those at the intersections of healing and social justice activism makes her a much-needed inspirational voice in the reform movement. Connect with her on Instagram at @sacred.alchemist.