A cannabis reform activist since 1989, Mikki Norris is best known for her award winning book, Shattered Lives: Portraits from America’s Drug War based on the traveling photo exhibit, Human Rights and the Drug War, which put a human face on the prisoners and victims of US drug policies.
Mikki and her husband, Chris Conrad, have been spokespeople for the cause throughout the years and have done many speaking engagements and networking tours around the US, Europe, South America, and Australia. They lived in Amsterdam in 1993 while curating and designing the Hash, Marihuana, and Hemp Museum.
Norris and Conrad were grassroots petition drive coordinators for Prop. 215, the medical marijuana law passed by voters in California in 1996. She is director of the Cannabis Consumers Campaign, which asks people to come out of the closet and stand up for equal rights (cannabisconsumers.org).
In 2006, Norris was a political consultant to the lowest law enforcement priority initiatives and ordinances that passed in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood. She was Managing Editor and Publisher (with her husband, Chris Conrad) of the West Coast Leaf newspaper from 2008 to 2013.
She provided public education and outreach services for the Drug Policy Action in behalf of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act 2016 or Prop 64 ballot initiative, which passed in California with 57% of the vote.