Chris Conrad is an author, museum curator, consultant, public speaker, cannabis expert witness and internationally respected authority on cannabis, industrial hemp, medical marijuana, cultivation, garden yields, processing, dosages, commercial intent, personal use and cannabis culture.
Chris Conrad has studied cannabis (marijuana) since 1988. Author of Cannabis Yields and Dosage, he also wrote two scholarly books on cannabis, including Hemp for Health, and contributed to several others. Presented findings at the Fifth Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics (2008) and California Assn. of Toxicologists (2012). Familiar with many books and scientific studies, including National Institute on Drug Abuse and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) data. Consults with government agencies. Reported on dispensaries for California state legislators. Testified before National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine. Regularly consults with patients, providers and physicians, including some of the world’s foremost authorities on cannabis.
Court-qualified as a cannabis expert witness more than 275 times in preparation, consumption, sex, cultivation, odor, genetics, cloning, crop yields, medical use, personal use, dosage, commercial intent, sales, collective associations’ activities, etc. Testimony discussed by the California Supreme Court in People v Kelly and People v Mower. Qualified in at least 38 California counties: Alameda, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura and Yolo. Testimony mentioned by CA Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Qualified in the federal Ninth Circuit Court in Northern, Southern, and Eastern, Dist. of California, Fifth Circuit Middle Dist. of Louisiana. Qualified in US Courts Martial and in the States of Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, North Dakota, Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Has since 1991 traveled to Europe numerous times to research cannabis. Has hands-on experience in the breeding, cultivation and processing of cannabis in Holland and Switzerland. Examined personal cannabis gardens in Spain, Argentina, and industrial hemp in Germany and Holland. Observed indoor, outdoor and greenhouse gardens, participated in harvests and processing.
Investigated more than 1750 criminal cases. Reviewed hundreds of police reports and narratives, search warrants, case documents, photos, court transcripts, evidence reports, videos, diagrams, etc. Heard police officers testify at least 150 times. Interviewed scores of defendants and witnesses. Examined, evaluated, weighed, and/or measured forensic material at least 475 times, including microscopic exam, photos, root count, site visit and plant manicure.
Taught accredited CLE courses on marijuana investigations for NORML Criminal Defense Lawyers Committee, Orange County (CA) Office of the Public Defender, and Santa Cruz Criminal Defense Attorneys. Lectured or taught classes on cannabis at institutions including UC Berkeley, Learning Annex, Five Branches Institute, Omega Institute, Mills College, USC, etc. Curator, Hash- Marijuana-Hemp Museum of Amsterdam, designed displays, operating cannabis indoor garden.
Earned Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from California State University. Has accredited training by California Medical Association, Institute of Health Professionals, International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, American University, and Nova Institut (Germany). Personally acquainted with patients in the federal Investigational New Drug (IND) medical marijuana program.
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