John “Ed” Shemelya

Initiative Coordinator, National Marijuana Initiative

Monday, April 6, 2015, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pre-Summit Workshop: HIDTA in the 21st Century – Issues and Opportunities (Moderator)

Shemlya_Ed-lgEd Shemelya is a 30-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police (KSP), and a retired KSP Post Commander. He is currently the National Coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative. This is an initiative within the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) that is responsible for assisting and improving the capabilities of the 28 High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) areas nationwide in carrying out the National Drug Control Strategy objectives of disrupting domestic trafficking and production of, and reducing demand for, marijuana and derivative products. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Eastern Region Marijuana Coordinator for the Appalachia HIDTA, and was responsible for the oversight of marijuana cultivation activities within the four- state Appalachia HIDTA region. Mr. Shemelya is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Northwestern University.