2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER-Author and Hemp Advocate-DOUG FINE

Doug Fine is a sustainable lifestyle pioneer and hemp industry leader. He’s also a solar-powered goat herder, bestselling author, homeschooling father and award-winning adventure journalist. Willie Nelson calls his 2014 hemp book, Hemp Bound, a must-read for anyone entering the industry, and “a blueprint for the America of the future.” Doug is also one of the first permitted U.S. farmers in the newly-legal industry, cultivating, harvesting, and market researching 23 acres of hemp in Vermont in 2016, and marketing a value-added Farm-to-Table product from that harvest. Additionally, he consults for multiple hemp project clients, including a 60-acre Mainland Tribal project. He has testified before the United Nations on cannabis policy, appeared on the Tonight Show and Conan, and as an NPR correspondent won a dozen press club journalism awards for his environmental journalism from five continents. Doug’s forthcoming television show, The Family Farmer Adventure Hour, is about the regenerative, independent agriculture revival that is proving a long-term lucrative economy for farmers worldwide. Info and books, including the hemp-printed First Legal Harvest:  Dougfine.com, Twitter: @organiccowboy  United Nations Testimony: http://dougfine.com/media-appearances/

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Dr. Mark Ibsen MD

Dr. Ibsen graduated from Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine in 1983 and has been in practice for 32 years. He completed a residency at University of Utah Health Care. Dr. Ibsen also specializes in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. Dr.Ibsen has helped more than 1,000 patients — many of them “pain refugees” from other doctors— wean themselves from opiates (many by using medical marijuana).

Randy Oliver

Randy Oliver

Randy is a leader in the cannabis industry. He helped found Analytical 360 in 2010, a cannabis testing laboratory in Seattle, Washington. Randy played a key role in developing tests to measure cannabinoids and contaminants in marijuana and in launching tested products to the shelf for the medical marijuana patients of Washington. By providing the levels of cannabinoids, terpenes, microbes and contaminants in products, Analytical 360 was able to help patients find safe medicine. He also worked hand-in-hand with the state of Washington's Liquor and Cannabis Control Board to facilitate the launch and development of Washington’s Quality Assurance program for the recreational market, aimed at providing marijuana consumers some guarantee of product quality and safety. Analytical 360's new Yakima location was the first laboratory to receive accreditation by the state of Washington to provide quality control testing for the recreational market in July 2014. 

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Michael Scott

Michael Scott has been involved in television and film production dating back to the 80’s. Michael has produced, directed, and written numerous productions. His love for meaningful media lead him to create “Project Positive Change”, a nonprofit organization that evolved from the love of many coming together to create positive change. Project PC strives to create positive change through media and education.

Frances Deforest RN

Frances DeForrest BSN, RN is currently working with children in summer camp and school nurse settings.
Her interest in Hemp and Cannabis as Medicine is developed through self -study, attendance of
Cannabis Science themed conferences and events. Earning Cannabis CEU’s in 2007 though UC Berkeley
online learning center and the first available Certificate of Cannabis for Nurses in 2014, as offered
through Patients out of Time.  She utilizes her knowledge to educate individuals about
the endocannabinoid system, with evidenced based research. She understands the effects industrialism
has on our earth community and strives to learn, live and educate others about sustainability,
completing a Green Building and Sustainability mini course certificate through the University of Vermont
in 2014. Politically, she co-organized the first Montana Drug Policy Summit with John Masterson of
NORML in 2001. Also working to collect signatures for the Missoula County lowest priority initiative in
2006. Speaking previously in Missoula, MT, at multiple Million Marijuana Marches about drug policy
reform and the Missoula Hemp Festival about emerging cannabis science, in the early 2000’s. And, more
recently at the Montana State Cannabis and Hemp Festival in 2016 on the topic of Hemp, Cannabis and
Community Health.

Jude Bursten

Jude Bursten found us at the Providers Cup in June. She was in Montana visiting one of her oldest and
dearest friends and happened our way, by accident. Jude maintained that the only thing missing from the
agenda was yoga, offering to return for Hemp Fest in order to make that happen. She comes to us from
Kingston, Ontario Canada, where she lives just far enough away from her daughter to not be called co
dependent. Jude is a graduate of RYT200 from Janati Yoga School; with formal certifications in the yoga
of 12 step recovery and working with special body types. Her classes focus on helping bodies fit their
bones and personal authenticity both on and off the mat. All of Jude’s classes are donation based. You
are welcome to practice yoga with or without shekels.