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Our Team

An Invitation,

Marijuana Justice Virginia is a new non-profit organization whose mission is to educate Virginians on the history of cannabis criminalization and the implications of past policies that have created disparities within our communities today.

As MJVA, we are committed to bringing awareness to the importance of intersecting criminal justice reform with efforts of economic inclusion for those currently impacted by prohibition laws. We invite you on a journey that seeks to start a conversation on building racial equity and creating social change through the right way to legalizing marijuana.

Chelsea Higgs Wise


Chelsea Higgs Wise is a mom, clinical social worker and dialogue practitioner who specializes in connecting underserved and misrepresented communities with policymakers to advocate against racism and misogyny. As an advocate who helps evolve narratives and policies. Chelsea has been an instrumental voice in numerous campaigns and recently partnered as a founder of Marijuana Justice Virginia.

Ed Miller


Rebecca Keel

Policy Director

Rebecca Keel MSW (they/them) is a lifelong community organizer and change-maker from Richmond, Virginia. Rebecca uses their clinical social work experiences to map policy pathways that establish equity. Their praxis is informed by a Southern Black Feminist liberatory framework. Rebecca has a passion for the study of social movements, art and propaganda, and how the two forces combine with policy to shift power in the United States, particularly in the South.