MEET THE FOUNDERS. 

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Jonathan Leavitt

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Jonathan Leavitt

Executive Director

Jonathan is a writer/musician/producer originally from Lawrence, MA. In 1992 he created the Lawrence Grassroots Initiative and served as Executive Director for nine years. In 1996 he also created the Massachusetts Green Party and served as Co-Chair for four years before becoming its first Executive Director in 2000 and running the statewide campaign of Ralph Nader which secured over 7% of the total vote as a 3rd Party candidate. (Highest in the country with the exception of Alaska)
 
In 2001 he initiated the Jill Stein for Governor campaign and served as Campaign Manager until 2002 when he left to begin his own campaign for State Rep. He became the 1st third party candidate in the country to qualify for Clean Elections funding and secured over 12% of the vote as a 3rd Party candidate.
 
In 2003 he was hired as the development director for the Boston Social Forum and after the 2004 event he founded Massachusetts Global Action which became a leader in the fight against multi-national control of water resources.
 
He moved to Maine full-time in 2006 after being hired to create the Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative (MMPI). He then wrote the 2009 statewide ballot initiative (and ran the campaign) that created a distribution system for medical marijuana. In 2010 he created Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM) and served as its Executive Director until 2012.
 
As a writer Jonathan has spearheaded a number of projects including the Merrimack Valley Progressive, a monthly paper that he served as publisher/editor/writer for between 1992-1999.
He has also written (3) full length plays/musicals, Jesus Christ Terrorist, Mother Culture, and Somewhere, Maine: The Marijuana Musical, produced 10 CD’s of original songs including "Gods, Guns, and Ganja", "The Trial of Johnny Crashed", and "Scenes from Somewhere Maine", and created an entire semi-fictional on-line world of Somewhere Maine an ongoing project.

His original musical "An Evening at Dave's Sauna" will be performed at The Gem Theater in October of 2021. It features 15 original tunes.