Luke has a proven track record in startup, nonprofit, and political work. Currently, he works in Washington, D.C., as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor at the nation’s leading policy organization (Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM) opposed to the next Big Tobacco: the commercialized marijuana industry. With SAM's 2019 efforts described by The New York Times as the "well-coordinated opposition," he has had success executing the organization’s national and state-level strategy for educational programs, ballot campaigns and legislative initiatives across more than a dozen states. Luke has advised Governors in states across the country as well as federal officials. He has been featured at The Economist’s Cannabis Summit as well as the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and in dozens of events and town halls across the country on the subject of drug policy. He has also been featured in many national media outlets, including Fox News and CNBC, and his op-eds are regularly published across the country.  See Luke's latest C-SPAN interview here.

Luke has given his life to service of those in need. Prior to D.C., he worked at the largest nonprofit health system in Colorado, along with founding two companies designed to enhance the quality of care for patients. He also worked in nonprofit community healthcare, having helped Federally Qualified Health Centers address health disparities and implement new technologies. Faith in Jesus Christ, servant leadership, and honesty are the core values by which he leads his life. A graduate of the University of Denver, Luke fights every day for the future of his beautiful wife and Colorado native, Eliza, and treasured daughter, Shiloh. 

Profile by Colorado Politics ​can be read here.

  1. Luke Niforatos on Fox & Friends 4/20/19 Panel
    Luke Niforatos discusses failure of marijuana legalization and Big Tobacco/Pharma involvement on the 4/20 "Pot Holiday".
  2. Luke Niforatos Speaks on Colorado Marijuana Experience
    New York Press Conference put on by NYS Chiefs of Police, PTA, NYSACHO, and others to oppose marijuana legalization in New York.
  3. Luke Niforatos Testimony Before Connecticut State Senate Committee
    4/29/19: Luke Niforatos testifies in opposition to a marijuana legalization bill being considered by the Connecticut State Senate Finance Committee. Full hearing video here:
  4. 6/9/19: Luke Niforatos discusses today's highly potent marijuana
    Luke Niforatos joins Fox & Friends to discuss today's highly potent marijuana and the US Surgeon General's comments on the dangers of the drug.
  5. Medical Marijuana Debate in Omaha, NE
    10/17/19: Luke Niforatos debates Deputy Director of Marjiuana Policy Project, Matthew Schweich on whether or not Nebraska should vote to legalize medical marijuana.
  6. 1/5/20: Luke Niforatos discusses pros/cons of marijuana legalization on Fox & Friends
    Luke discusses marijuana vaping crisis, historic US Surgeon General's advisory on the drug, as well as Big Tobacco's involvement.