Who We Are2018-08-31T15:29:16+00:00
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EFFECTIVE ADVOCATES AND EDUCATORS

Our philosophy is that education makes the difference between continued violence, a by-product of the war on drugs, and safer communities that embrace harm reduction strategies, create regulated markets, and enable access to effective treatments for patients, when contemplating the role of drugs in our society.

WE STAND ON OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

We love victories, large and small – we’re good at creating them too! Whether it is expanding the allowable conditions in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, organizing conferences, partnering on projects, or doing community outreach, we are proud of the work we do and hope to gain your support.

OUR MISSION

Sensible Minnesota aims to make our neighborhoods safer and more inclusive for those negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs; collectively we work to educate the public and promote societal changes that emphasize compassion over isolation, restorative justice over incarceration, and public health over stigma.

LEADERS IN THE MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE.

MAREN SCHROEDER

PRESIDENT

Maren has her hands in every project the organization is working, but she primarily enjoys getting out into the community and talking about cannabis policy and law.

HEATHER TIDD

VICE PRESIDENT

As Vice President, Heather oversees Sensible Minnesota’s strategic plan, acts as a public representative of the organization, and assists the patient program.

GUNNAR AAS

SECRETARY & SSDP COLLABORATION LEAD

Gunnar is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for Sensible Minnesota, and works as the liaison between Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Sensible Minnesota.

ERIN CHASE

TREASURER & EVENTS LEAD

Erin oversees Sensible Minnesota’s finances, works to develop strategic partnerships with other organizations, and leads the event planning and execution.

JARED POE

DIRECTOR & PATIENT PROGRAM LEAD

As Patient Program Lead, Jared oversees Sensible Minnesota’s patient program, including one-to-one advocacy, outreach efforts, and petitioning for new conditions.

BONNIE PADILLA

DIRECTOR

Bonnie brings a diverse background of non-profit experience to Sensible Minnesota and is instrumental in the organization’s strategic direction and partnerships.

SEAN WHITE

DIRECTOR & VETERANS’ PROGRAM LEAD

As a veteran , Sean works to ensure Minnesota’s veterans have information and resources, while reaching out to veteran communities to offer help.

MEET MORE OF OUR TEAM

Ever here the phrase some Heroes don’t need capes? This group really is doing the lords work. They care about helping people who suffer from countless medical issues. They fight harder than any organization in this state for the rights of people just like you and me. In short, I love these people, and I really think you should too.

Steven Tovar | Facebook

I started my medical cannabis path by learning through the work of Sensible. They guided me from certification to picking up the medicine. Through the years they were a crucial part of my education from the first email to attending the last Summit at Hamline University.  Sensible is a leader in Minnesota’s cannabis community!

Sarah Wellington-Franken | Facebook

Sensible Minnesota is a dynamic advocacy organization that takes the time to sift through a lot of information, experience, law, and culture to propose meaningful changes and reform of cannabis policy and its associated facets. They do great work and we are better off for it.

Erik Benson | Facebook

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