Lift Cannabis Forum Toronto 2015

About the Forum

The Lift Cannabis Forum Series is our attempt to expand on the conversations and topics relevant to the current medical marijuana industry in Canada, from the perspective of patients, producers, doctors, activists and more. Medical cannabis is a subject that continues to grow in popularity in Canada and around the globe, and we feel it important to help ensure the conversations on the subject are as nuanced and informed as they need to be.

Our first Lift Cannabis Forum (held this past May in Vancouver) allowed us to look at issues within the MMPR as it relates to the current conversation in Vancouver around regulating dispensaries. By focusing on issues like the Quality Assurance production practices within the MMPR, testing methods, etc, we were able to highlight the existing, highly-regulated system within the context of the largely unregulated Vancouver dispensary scene.

For our second Lift Cannabis Forum, we take the conversation to Toronto, and this time the discussion will focus largely on issues surrounding recent colleges of physicians guidelines and recommendations for doctors, the issue of marijuana ‘clinics’ as an avenue for access, the patient experience inside the MMPR, as well as looking at ways the MMPR could be refined to reflect changes to current pharmaceutical-grade standards. As with our last forum, we will be focusing on several core questions aimed at teasing out the expertise of our various panel members, and look forward to engaging questions and discussion from the audience.

Tickets
$30 Regular
$15 Patients (w/valid ID)

$20 Students

Location
July 20, 2015
Al Green Theatre
750 Spadina Ave.
Toronto

Schedule
‘Meet and Greet’ reception begins at 5:30pm
Panel discussion starts at 7:00pm

Make sure you arrive early to meet the panelists, chat with exhibitors, and have some snacks and drinks!

The Panelists


ADAM GREENBLATT


CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, SANTE CANNABIS

Adam Greenblatt is currently the executive director and co-founder of Santé Cannabis, Montreal’s first cannabinoid clinic and medical cannabis resource centre. He is a self-taught advocate for sensible drug policy reform, and cannabis entrepreneur. He has been immersed in the Canadian cannabis social justice movement and medical cannabis industry for over a decade. Adam’s primary work focus is on the reintegration of cannabis and cannabinoids into medicine and pharmacy. His work has been featured in all major anglophone and francophone Canadian news media, and he regularly comments on current events in the sector.

DR. DANIAL SCHECTER


CO-FOUNDER, CANNABINOID MEDICAL CLINIC

Dr. Danial Schecter is co-founder of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic) and a practicing family physician. After working along side some of Canada’s leading researchers in the field of medical marijuana, Dr. Schecter developed a strong interest in the therapeutic use of cannabinoids. As a recognized medical expert in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana, Dr. Schecter has given numerous presentations to fellow physicians and developed educational programs on this subject. In addition to cannabinoid medicine, Dr. Schecter’s clinical interests include delivering a high standard of care to at risk elderly and palliative care patients, prompting him to establish his own house-calls service in Georgian Bay, ON. Dr. Schecter completed a fellowship in Hospital Medicine and is an active hospitalist at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, ON.

GARY LEONG


CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER, APHRIA

Gary has over twenty (20) years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Natural Health Products industry. Prior to joining Aphria, Gary was the Chief Scientific Officer at Jamieson Laboratories.  He has managed the scientific and quality function for Boehringer Ingelheim, Natural Factors Nutritional Products Ltd. and Nordion.  As the Chief Scientific Officer of Aphria, Gary is responsible for Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Regulatory and Consumer Affairs and Research and Development. Gary holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a M.B.A. in Quality Management.

JONATHAN ZAID


FOUNDER, CANADIANS FOR FAIR ACCESS TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Jonathan Zaid is a 3rd year Knowledge Integration student at the University of Waterloo. He has been suffering from New Daily Persistent Headache for 8 years, which causes constant chronic pain. After trying numerous pharmaceutical therapies and interventions, Jonathan finally gained some relief from medical marijuana. Zaid has received much media attention recently for successfully winning his claim for medical marijuana insurance coverage. In December 2014, he founded a patients’ rights group called Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM). CFAMM aims to help others navigate, and ultimately improve, the issues and challenges associated with the MMPR.

MARK ZEKULIN


PRESIDENT, TWEED

A graduate from the University of Waterloo in Mathematics, the University of Ottawa in Law, and the University of Cambridge in International Law, Mark has previously kept himself busy providing legal, political and strategic advice to high-profile local and international corporate clients, most recently as Counsel at the Ottawa-Washington international trade law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent. Previously, Mark has also served as a Senior Advisor to the Honourable Dwight Duncan, the Ontario Minister of Finance, and has worked internationally at the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as Acting Senior Policy Manager.


The Moderator


JENNA VALLERIANI


PHD CANDIDATE, SOCIOLOGY AND THE COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM IN ADDICTION STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Jenna Valleriani is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation looks at social movements and entrepreneurship in an emerging industry, focusing on the federal medical cannabis program as her case study. As a regular blogger for Lift, she has also been published in Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail. Focusing her efforts on drug policy reform in Canada, Jenna is also Vice-President of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, on the steering committee for the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, and a member of NORML Canada.

Guest Speaker


NEIL BELOT


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CMCIA

Neil Belot is the Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (CMCIA), which is the industry association of Licensed Producers under the MMPR. He is responsible for developing and executing CMCIA’s overall strategy, assuring its financial health and managing its day-to-day operations.

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