Meet the Experts
Founder vote Nature
Kevin Matthews is the Founder of Vote Nature. After successfully spearheading the 2019 campaign to decriminalize psilocybin in Denver, he continued his new passion as a professional psychedelic advocate and has been working since then to liberate plant medicine nationwide. He believes all people deserve to determine their own destiny with psychedelics and that citizens should have more power in the psychedelic policy reform process. Vote Nature was born in early 2021 as a platform that will democratize psychedelic reform and empower more voices to change laws.
He lives outside of Denver, CO with his wife and 6 year old son.
Special Counsel Emerge Law Group
Kathryn Tucker is Special Counsel at Emerge Law Group, where she Co-Chairs the Psychedelic Practice Group. Prior to this, she served as Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP), which she founded during her tenure as Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), the nation’s oldest disability rights advocacy organization. Tucker served two decades as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for Compassion & Choices, working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. Prior to that, Ms. Tucker practiced law with Perkins Coie. She has held faculty appointments as Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington, Seattle University and Lewis & Clark Schools of Law, teaching in the areas of law, medicine and ethics, with a focus on the end of life. Tucker served as lead counsel representing patients and physicians in two landmark federal cases decided by the United States Supreme Court, Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill, asserting that mentally competent terminally ill patients have a constitutional right to choose aid in dying. These cases are widely acknowledged to have prompted nationwide attention to improving care of the dying, and to have established a federal constitutional right to aggressive pain management. Tucker played a key role in successfully defending the Oregon Death with Dignity Act from attack by the United States Department of Justice in Oregon v. Gonzales, representing the patient plaintiffs.
Tucker worked on Oregon’s Measure 109(psilocybin therapy) and is representing an oncology clinic in the first effort to apply Right to Try to psilocybin.
State Representative Iowa House of Representatives
Serving second term in the Iowa House is Representatives. Introduced first in the nation legislative bill to decriminalize psilocybin and other entheogens in 2019 and had first in the nation legislative hearing on the topic, March 2021.
Administrator Center for Health Protection, Oregon
André is the Administrator for the Center for Health Protection within the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority and is responsible for the oversight of several public health regulatory and environmental health programs. He will oversee the formation of Oregon’s Psilocybin Services program and the establishment of the regulatory framework around psilocybin services in the state. André started with the Oregon Health Authority in 2015 as the manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and was involved in implementing a comprehensive regulatory framework for cannabis legalization in Oregon. André serves on the Oregon Cannabis Commission and is a member of the Psilocybin Advisory Board. He has over 12 years of experience in public service and health and life sciences regulation. André holds a law degree from the University of Florida Levin School of Law and a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, hiking, swimming and playing tennis.
Moderator Brad Bartlett, Esq.
Senior Legal Counsel / Founder Bartlett Law Practice LLC
For over two decades, attorney Brad Bartlett has enjoyed a long, successful career as a litigator, legal and policy advisor, and law professor and lecturer at University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. Brad has worked to pioneer legal and business strategies in the environmental, cannabis, hemp, and psychedelic space. Brad’s diverse array of clients include private and publicly traded cannabis companies, medical clinics, doctors and therapists working with psychedelic treatments and therapies, American Indian nation’s developing industrial hemp on tribal homelands, and Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind film production team. Brad currently serves as general counsel for the Medicinal Mindfulness Center for Psychedelics, Spirituality & Sustainability and legal advisor to the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plants Medicines where he works on issues related to religious exercise with psychedelics and decriminalization matters.