Kathy Inman has been standing up for education and social justice since 2003. She’s been organizing educational classes, meetings, and events for almost a decade. Kathy was named "Best Cannabis Advocate of 2016" in the New Times annual Best of Phoenix awards for her advocacy in the name of medicinal liberty. She has taken her questions to state lawmakers and lawmen, and has answered questions for senior citizens in classrooms across Arizona.
"As a woman raised with respect for life, a mother who wants to keep kids safe, and an American for liberty and less government intrusion, I will not ignore the injustice of prohibition.
We lose too many kids to alcohol and drug experimentation, and I know we can save lives by talking about non-toxic alternatives to alcohol and pills. I am a mother, and a grandmother. I want a better future for our kids. I never want a mom to get the call that their child overdosed because they did not understand what they were taking.
After speaking with thousands of people across our state for the last decade, I am confident that I speak for the majority when I say Arizonans are literally sick of this drug war. People are improving, extending, and sometimes even saving their lives with natural alternatives to prescription drugs and alcohol. My hope is to empower others to speak out and tell what they know.
I am not a paid lobbyist, I am just a Mom. The more ordinary people stand up for what is right, the less there will be that is wrong."
Kathy Inman was born and raised in New Jersey, and moved to the valley in 1992. She is a mom who owns her own business and lives with her husband Dave in Gilbert, Arizona.
Don Ream, Sr.
Retired Teamster, age 68
Vietnam Combat Navy Veteran.
Medical Marijuana Patient since 2011
Don lives with his wife Kathleen in Sun City.
Lisa Olson is a music teacher, mother of five, and lives in Mesa. She has been a medicinal marijuana patient for about 2 years, having not tried cannabis until she received her Medical Marijuana Card, at age 46. Since she tried her first cannabis-infused gummy bear and found relief from her muscle spasticity related to Multiple Sclerosis in January, 2015, she has been advocating for safe, legal access to cannabis for the general population.
As a teacher, Lisa recognizes the importance of education in advancing a prosperous and healthy society. Therefore, she has used her platform as an educator to teach others about the benefits of cannabis, the endocannabinoid system and how we are made to receive this medicine. Undoing decades of government-initiated propaganda is difficult and time-consuming, but worth it! She was the only teacher in the state of Arizona to lend her image and voice to the press, TV, radio and social media for the failed Prop 205 campaign. Although many teachers support the legalization of cannabis, people are afraid they will lose their livelihood if they speak publicly about this issue. So much for the First Amendment-protected right of free speech!
All her children (now ages 12-22) were born at home, under the supervision of a midwife. Herbs were used throughout labor and delivery and the children are treated with natural remedies whenever one is available that can address their ailments. Broken bones, asthma and surgeries have required western medical intervention and her family has kept their doctor (D.O.) busy over the years. There is a time and a place for management of medical crises. She has learned when to choose allopathic medicine and when to choose alternative medicine to manage her family’s needs.
Lisa was diagnosed with MS in January, 2003. She adopted a gluten free/dairy free diet, removed her mercury fillings, began practicing yoga, started seeing a massage therapist regularly and relied on good naturopaths and chiropractors to perform acupuncture and help navigate her journey to wellness using various pathways. For over six years, she participated in a worldwide study, in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, using two previously FDA-approved injection therapies in combination (Copaxone and Avonex). The side effects were harsh and she found herself on many medications to counter them. Also during this time, she sought counseling to help address unhealthy life-patterns.
All synthetic pharmaceutical medications were abandoned by mid-2015 after she had been using cannabis for several months.
To reach her directly, contact Lisa at email@example.com
Parisa Mansouri-Rad is a marketing executive and Cannabis advocate whose experience as the mom of a special needs child propelled her into the industry. When spinal fusion surgery to correct scoliosis left her 15-year-old daughter with a rare, life-threatening condition characterized by chronic abdominal pain, Parisa’s search for palliatives led her to Cannabis (medicinal marijuana).
After witnessing her daughter’s dramatic improvement, Parisa decided to leverage her marketing experience to re-brand the maligned Cannabis industry through ongoing advocacy and education of the public on the benefits of medicinal marijuana.
Parisa is Director of Marketing for Beam Global Media, a digital marketing organization that shines a light on some of the world’s most perplexing issues in hopes of inspiring stewardship & advocacy.
Parisa graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a Major in Agriculture Business and a Minor in Marketing. She is a PROUD board member of Mom Force AZ and has volunteered with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).
Ms. Sonia Martinez is the daughter of Frances Martinez (Pasqua Yaqui-Old Village Tucson) and Luis Martinez. For the past nine years, she has been the principal and owner of her own law firm in Mesa, Arizona. She works primarily in Indian Country, and is licensed to practice in the Ak-Chin Indian Community Court, the Fort McDowell Indian Community, the Tonto Apache Tribal Court, Gila River, the Hualapai Nation, and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Court. She focuses her practice on representing tribal members in their private family, dependency and criminal law matters. She has also been working with clients respecting issues with the Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act since 2010, the Yes on Prop 205 Campaign since 2015, and is the Vice President of the Arizona Cannabis Lawyer’s Association.
Ms. Martinez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southwestern Law School as a John J. Schumacher Minority Leader Scholar, and earned special United States Congressional recognition for ‘Outstanding and Invaluable Public Service to the Community’ in 2004. Licensed to practice law in California in 2004, Ms. Martinez worked as a Litigation Associate at Stanzler, Funderburk & Castellon in Los Angeles where she worked on complex environmental litigation. Upon moving to Arizona in 2006, Ms. Martinez spent time working as a Special Prosecutor for the Ak-Chin Nation and a few years as a Litigation Associate at Jones Skelton & Hochuli P.L.C. in Phoenix where she handled complex environmental law, commercial and general defense work.
Ms. Martinez is a member and past Co-Chair of the Arizona State Bar Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, Co-Chair of the 2015 State Bar Convention, Chair of the 2013 Minority Bar Convention, Past President of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona, and a graduate of the 2009 Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute. The Native American Bar of Arizona selected her as the 2013 “Member of the Year” for her hard work and dedication in Indian Country. She worked as a writing instructor for the Arizona NBA Pipeline Program, teaches a seminar class at the Indian Legal Program on representing defendants in tribal courts as a guest lecturer, and was a mentor for the National Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Martinez also serves on the Board of Directors for the United Food Bank, as Treasurer of Whisper & Thunder, and Board Member for MomForce USA. In addition, she has taught cultural property and archaeology law for Archaeological Damage & Investigations Inc., authored the article, “Premises Liability, How to Protect Yourself and Others,” is a panel member on the selection committee for the Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute, and presented as a panelist at dozens of educational seminars. She is also a team member for the Maricopa County Superior Court Judicial Performance Review Commission Conference Teams. Lastly, Ms. Martinez has been on the State Bar Convention Committee since 2015.
Most importantly, she is a mother of two daughters ages 20 and 11.
John Gleason was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family in small industrial city in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York. He attended Holy Family School followed by Mount Carmel High school, then spend a year at the state college at Brockport NY, where he drank too much and obtained an invitation from the college not to return for a second year. Returning home he briefly attended Auburn Community College for less than a semester before quitting to join the Navy & dodge the draft. During his 22 years in the Navy he married his high school girlfriend, Bonnie Muldoon, earned a BS in Mathematics (magna cum laude) and a double MS in Meteorology & Oceanography.
His military experience included being shot at by the North Vietnamese, the Chinese, the North Koreans, the Cambodians, playing a seagoing versions of chicken with a host of war and spy ships of the Soviet Union, and spending an afternoon in a Somali Army jail and a morning being interrogated by the Singapore port authorities, and granting temporary refuge to a major in the Somali Army who requested political asylum from Gleason. The Gleason‘s has the pleasure of raising their children in Australia, New York, Utah, Japan, California, Sicily, and Maryland. Following his time in the Navy the Gleason’s returned to their hometown to learn “you can never go home”. After that lesson Gleason worked was a teaching administrator as a small public, specialty boarding school in central Oklahoma for about 22 years.
He taught mostly mathematics & meteorology and oversaw the operation of the school dormitories and after school enrichment, field trips, and other events sponsored by the parents association for their children. He chaperoned over 20 proms and an uncountable number of field trips and social activities including chaperoning a 2 week excursion to Israel as part of an international/multi ethnic-religious group of over 200students studying ethics in the context if the modern middle east, and even though no longer in the military, Gleason managed to get detained and interrogated by the Israeli Defense Force. During his years in education had several years serving on the board of the directors of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Science, Mathematics, and Technology.
Upon retiring in 2012 Gleason began to learn about Marijuana, drawn to the healing plant due to a number instances of of people close to him having a horrible end of live experience, he came to believe that much of the suffering and misery could be avoided at best mitigated. He’s been an activist on the local, state and federal levels since then.