Speakers Bureau

About Us

The NMI Speakers Bureau is a group of subject matter experts in a variety of fields, who provide presentations on their respective specialties regarding marijuana and the impacts of its use and legalization.  This group consists of members of different fields, including law enforcement, ecology, substance abuse treatment, and community impacts.  They are dedicated professionals who have seen first-hand the effects of marijuana that many people do not realize exist. They share their expertise in order to raise awareness about marijuana’s potential harms and increase informed decision-making. As a benefit to your organization, the NMI will pay the travel expenses of our speakers to present at your approved event. Click on the Speakers Bureau Catalog link below to learn more.

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Understanding Legalization, Marijuana and Impacts

Of all the substances America copes with, marijuana is the least understood and most misrepresented. These speakers help sort through the myths and address the facts behind marijuana, high potency products and the impacts being experienced in states that have elected to legalize its use.

Session times vary by speaker but can range from 60 minutes – 8 hours.

Ed Shemelya

Ed Shemelya

NMI Coordinator, HIDTA Program

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Legalization in America
• Understanding Hemp and Marijuana
• Current Affairs in Marijuana

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2013

Ed Shemelya

NMI Coordinator, HIDTA Program

Dale D. Quigley

Dale D. Quigley

NMI Deputy Coordinator, HIDTA Program

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Legalization’s Impacts to Public Health and Public Safety
• Current Affairs in Marijuana
• Using Legalization Data as a Predictive Analysis Tool

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2015

Dale D. Quigley

NMI Deputy Coordinator, HIDTA Program

Ben Cort

Ben Cort

Chief Executive Officer, Cort Consulting

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Substance Abuse Treatment
• Commercialization of Marijuana & Social Justice
• Understanding 21st Century Cannabis

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2013

Ben Cort

Chief Executive Officer, Cort Consulting


Emerging Research, Addiction and Treatment

One positive outcome from the legalization of marijuana has been an increase of research focusing on public health issues, addiction, treatment and recovery. Our medical / science speakers share insights from their own professions as well as address the findings of new research studies, in plain English.

Session times vary by speaker but can range from 60 minutes – 4 hours.

William J. Lynch Jr. RPh

William J. Lynch Jr. RPh

Clinical Pharmacist

Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, Emergency Medicine & ToxicologyPresentation Subject Matter:
• Pharmacology and Pharmacological Effects of Marijuana and Vaping
• Progression of Vaping to Marijuana to Opiate Abuse

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2018

William J. Lynch Jr. RPh

Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Stuyt

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Stuyt

Addiction Psychiatrist

Master of Science, Biochemistry
Master of Science, Psychiatry

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Understanding Addiction Pathways
• Mental Health Issues & High Potency Marijuana
•Marijuana and Effects on the Developing Brain in Youth

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2019

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Stuyt

Addiction Psychiatrist

Dr. LaTisha Bader

Dr. LaTisha Bader

Chief Clinical Officer, Women’s Recovery

Ph.D.,Counseling Psychology

Presentation Subject Matter:
• “Women and Weed” - How Marijuana Impacts Women
• Understanding 21st Century Cannabis

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2020

Dr. LaTisha Bader

Chief Clinical Officer, Women’s Recovery


Government and Law Enforcement

The one consistent point in legalization is the lack of consistency in regulation. Law and policy makers alike struggle with understanding the potential impacts from legalization. State and local governments wrestle with their response under new laws. Will taxes really solve budget issues? The NMI has speakers that will help address these points and more by using data and sharing strategies for the future.

Session times vary by speaker but can range from 60 minutes – 8 hours.

Ed Shemelya

Ed Shemelya

NMI Coordinator, HIDTA Program

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Legalization in America
• Understanding Hemp and Marijuana
• Current Affairs in Marijuana

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2013

Ed Shemelya

NMI Coordinator, HIDTA Program

Dale D. Quigley

Dale D. Quigley

NMI Deputy Coordinator, HIDTA Program

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Legalization’s Impacts to Public Health and Public Safety
• Current Affairs in Marijuana
• Using Legalization Data as a Predictive Analysis Tool

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2015

Dale D. Quigley

NMI Deputy Coordinator, HIDTA Program

Monte Styles

Monte Styles

Assistant United States Attorney, Retired

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Prosecution of Criminal Drug Cases
• Marijuana & The Legalization Process
• Building Community Based Coalitions & Networking

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2015

Monte Styles

Assistant United States Attorney, Retired

Jennifer Cifaldi

Jennifer Cifaldi

Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Illinois

Juris Doctorate, Law

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Prosecution of Impaired Driving & Marijuana Cases
• Phlebotomy Programs for Law Enforcement Officers
• Marijuana’s Impact to Highway Safety

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2020

Jennifer Cifaldi

Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Illinois

Seth Cimino

Seth Cimino

CEO, Cimino Training & Consulting LLC & Police Sergeant, Citrus Heights PD (CA)

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Marijuana Enforcement for Law Enforcement
• Grow Site Investigations and Officer Safety
• The Dangers of THC Extraction Labs

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2015

Seth Cimino

CEO, Cimino Training & Consulting LLC & Police Sergeant, Citrus Heights PD (CA)

Darrin Grondel

Darrin Grondel

Vice President, Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

Ed.D. Organizational Leadership

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Impaired Driving and Marijuana
• Marijuana Related Impacts to Highway Safety
• Strategies for Enforcement

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2018

Darrin Grondel

Vice President, Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

Justin Smith

Justin Smith

Sheriff, Larimer County, Colorado

Master of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Marijuana – The Impacts of Decriminalization to Public Safety
• Legalization and Law Enforcement

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2017

Justin Smith

Sheriff, Larimer County, Colorado


Drugs in the Workplace and Policy

Businesses large and small struggle with drugs and drug policies in their workplace. When marijuana is legalized, how does that impact those employers and employees? Jo McGuire is a national subject matter expert in this area and can help you navigate the wide variety of issue affecting work places issues.

Session times vary but can range from 60 minutes – 4 hours.

Jo McGuire

Jo McGuire

Executive Director, National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association

Bachelor of Science Candidate, Sociology

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Impact to Workplace and Drug Policy Solutions
• Impacts to Youth & Families from Substance Abuse
• Understanding Vaping

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2015

Jo McGuire

Executive Director, National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association


Environmental and Wildlife Impacts

Legalization does not eliminate the use of our public forest lands to create illegal marijuana cultivation sites. These sites offer a wide variety of hazards and public safety concerns to the environment, wildlife, recreational users of the lands and law enforcement; with potentially deadly outcomes. Dr. Greta Wengert is a leading expert in this area who will share real-time information concerning her research, findings and suggestions for the future.

Session times vary but can range from 60 minutes – 4 hours.

Dr. Greta Wengert

Dr. Greta Wengert

Ph.D. Ecology & M.S. Wildlife Conservation

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Presentation Subject Matter:
• The Ecological Impacts of Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation
• Toxicants, Pesticides and Other Hazardous Materials
• Trespass Marijuana Cultivation and Harms to Humans & Wildlife

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2018

Dr. Greta Wengert

Ph.D. Ecology & M.S. Wildlife Conservation


Life Choices and Marijuana

Chris Wolf – Does marijuana use really impact choices people make in life? Is it a gateway drug and does use have potential consequences? According to the inmates in prison that Chris Wolfe has worked with, it can and has. You need to hear their stories as only Chris can share.

Also, Chris is an excellent resource for those looking to be a more effective and confident public speaker. Offering guidance and training in how to craft your anti-drug message, the value of a good introduction to set a tone and how to best engage with an audience.

Ben Cort – Ben’s passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since 1996, Ben has been part of the recovery movement in almost every way imaginable. Going from being the inpatient to now CEO of an inpatient treatment program for men in Colorado. A senior member of the NMI speakers bureau, a featured presenter on “TED Talks”, consultant to major league sports and a published author, you will find Ben’s straight forward message not only educational but memorable.

Chris Wolfe

Chris Wolfe

Board of Directors,Corrections Transitions, Inc.

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration & Management

Presentation Subject Matter:
• We are only one bad decision from Incarceration
• Effective Public Speaking techniques

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2015

Chris Wolfe

Board of Directors,Corrections Transitions, Inc.

Ben Cort

Ben Cort

Chief Executive Officer, Cort Consulting

Presentation Subject Matter:
• Substance Abuse Treatment
• Commercialization of Marijuana & Social Justice
• Understanding 21st Century Cannabis

Joined NMI Speakers Bureau: 2013

Ben Cort

Chief Executive Officer, Cort Consulting