St. Croix
Hemp Symposium

Danbury - Jan. 22, 2018

Turtle Lake - Jan. 23, 2018

About the Symposium

Dates & Location

Choice of 2 different locations:

  • Monday, 1/22/18: St. Croix Casino - Danbury
  • Tuesday, 1/23/18: St. Croix Casino - Turtle Lake

Symposium Agenda

8:30AM WELCOME & SONG - Chairman Lewis Taylor and Native Boyz

9:00AM INTRODUCTION - Michael J Decorah 

9:15AM SESSION I: Scientific Differences between Hemp & Marijuana - Dr. Robert “Bob” Clifford


10:30AM SPECIAL GUEST - Sally Schaeffer

11:15AM SESSION II: Therapeutic Benefits of Hemp Plant Extracts in Clinical Research - Dr. Darrin Smith


1:00PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Dr. Lakisha Jenkins 


2:00PM SESSION III: Benefits Of Hemp for Nutraceuticals and Textiles - Joseph W. Hickey Sr.


3:00PM SESSION IV: Sustainable Farming and Benefits of Growing Hemp - Sasha Johnson

Corporate Sponsors


Dr. Lakisha Jenkins - KEYNOTE

Dr. Lakisha Jenkins

Dr. Lakisha Jenkins holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy and is a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild. Her core competencies include utilizing herbs as the basis of nutrition to help combat the symptoms of a myriad of illnesses. Additionally, through research and consulting practicum, Dr. Lakisha has become proficient in identifying the active constituent and cannabinoid profiles in botanicals and integrating those profiles together in herbal compounds. 

She is founder and CEO of The Kiona T Jenkins Foundation of Natural Health, a 501(c)(3) holistic health nonprofit organization. The Kiona Foundation and its subsidiary, The Farm’acy – a nonprofit agricultural cooperative, operate a natural health cooperative outlet in Pleasanton, CA. Dr. Jenkins has provided holistic health services to the Central Valley, the agricultural heartland of Northern California, since 2010. Dr. Jenkins and her family have resided in the Central Valley for 15 years and strive to be an active part of the community. Additional community service credits include serving on the Health, Hunger and Wellness Coalition Board of Directors for the City of Patterson, Certified Leader with the University of California Agricultural Extension 4-H Program through Alameda County.

Dr. Robert Clifford

Dr. Robert Clifford

Dr. Robert (Bob) Clifford received his Bachelor’s degree from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University in New Jersey, his Master’s degree from Villanova in Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has published and presented over 125 papers in the fields of food, pharmaceutical, environmental, energy, geology, material science, photonics, and cannabis. However, his true love is in food. His first chemistry job was as a summer intern at Campbell Soup Company where he was hired as a full time employee. After he went back to graduate school he took another job as intern at the FDA where he was also hired as a full time employee. After graduating with his Ph.D., he left the FDA for Shimadzu where he has worked for the last 26 years.  Bob was recently promoted from Marketing Manager of Food & Consumer Products including hemp & cannabis to General Manager of Marketing. 

Sally Young Schaeffer

Sally Young Schaeffer is from Burlington, Wisconsin. A Mother of 3 children, she is an avocate for the use of CBD oil for treatment for children suffering from seizures induced by epilepsy. In 2014, Wisconsin lawmakers legalized the use of CBD oil naming the legislation "Lydia's Law" after Sally's angel (daughter). Sally recently accepted the position of Director of the SUDEP Institute for the National Epilepsy Foundation. SUDEP  stands for 'Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy'.

Dr. Darrin Smith

Dr. Darrin L. Smith originally from Troy, KS received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (ACS certified) from Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph, MO) in 1997.  While attending Missouri Western, he was fortunate to work at Custom Industrial Analysis (CIA) Laboratories as a chemical technician performing quality control testing on raw materials.  After attaining his B.S. degree, he entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) under the supervision of Dr. Vicki H. Wysocki.  His dissertation project was the investigations of low-energy ion collisions on organically modified surfaces using mass spectrometry.  

After completing his Ph.D. in 2002, he became a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arizona under the supervision of Dr. Daniel C. Liebler.  As a post-doctoral research fellow, Dr. Smith developed mass spectrometry methods to analyze peptides for proteomics analysis.  In 2003, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY) as an Assistant Professor and in 2008 gained tenure and promoted to rank of Associate Professor.  Currently, Dr. Smith and his group are using mass spectrometry with ambient ionization methods for the qualitative and quantitative analysis for a wide range of samples.

Joseph W. Hickey Sr.

Joseph Hickey’s long history in the hemp industry started in 1994 as the founder and Executive Director of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative. Mr. Hickey and Woody Harrelson established Tierra Madre, LLC in 1994 to focus on identifying and funding innovative technologies supporting environmental sustainability. Mr. Hickey was a founder and board member of both Kenex Ltd, Canada’s first commercial hemp seed and fiber processing company and Prairie Pulp & Paper, which produces environmentally friendly paper made from Canadian wheat straw waste. 

Mr. Hickey is a founder and acting CEO of Baswood, a company that developed a new disruptive technology for wastewater treatment. He managed the construction of Baswood’s first commercial wastewater treatment plant in 2013 for Dr. Pepper in Houston, Texas. In 2014, after more than 20 years of lobbying and research efforts, Mr. Hickey became a founding member of Atalo Holding, Inc.

Hickey is a member of the board of the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation and the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association. 

Sasha Johnson

Sasha Johnson is a beginner farmer originally from Winchester, KY. For years she has worked closely with minority farmers in the DMV area, learning about the importance of food sovereignty and caring for the land. Upon returning to KY earlier this year, she took a leap and joined the team at Ballew Farm in Richmond, KY and successfully tended to and harvested 10 acres of hemp. Along with her good friend and mentor, CJ she has plans to triple hemp production next year and build their own hemp processing facility in Richmond, KY. 


Individual Attendee Registration

Sponsored by St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Shimadzu Corporation & MJM Strategy

About St. Croix Indians of Wisconsin. The St. Croix people were known as "The Lost Tribe" after the Treaty of LaPointe in 1854, with federal lands established after the passing of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. Today, St. Croix is a strong sovereign nation and flourishing economic center. The Tribe is one of the largest employers in Northwest Wisconsin with over 2,000 employees in its Government center, casinos and enterprises. St. Croix is also a major contributor to the area's economy.

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