Development Director of NORML
Jenn Michelle Pedini is the development director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and serves as the executive director of the state affiliate, Virginia NORML. Jenn Michelle lobbies in Richmond and DC in support of expanding patient access to medical cannabis therapies, removing criminal penalties for personal possession, and eliminating federal research barriers. Regarded as the foremost expert on Virginia marijuana policy, Jenn Michelle is currently working to implement and expand the regulatory model for the in-state production of medical cannabis.
Prior to drug policy reform, Jenn Michelle enjoyed a successful entertainment and media career with The Walt Disney Company. Jenn Michelle cut their advocacy teeth publishing accounts of two battles with lymphoma, chemotherapy, and finally a life-saving stem cell transplant to raise thousands of dollars for nonprofit organizations like Stand Up to Cancer and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Recently, Jenn Michelle helped pass multiple legislative reforms to Virginia’s outdated marijuana policies, was honored as a High Times Freedom Fighter, and contributed to “Cannabis and Cannabis Resin: Critical Review Preparation Document” and Picture Your Life After Cancer: The New York Times.
Born and raised in Orlando, FL, Jenn Michelle has flown from the heights of Cinderella’s Castle, danced their way through the Magic Kingdom, and performed principal roles in countless shows throughout the Walt Disney World Resort property. Jenn Michelle now resides in Richmond, and brings a sparkle of pixie dust to healthcare and criminal justice reform.
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