Lift Cannabis Forum Vancouver 2015
About the Forum
Although ‘recreational’ regulation of marijuana remains a hot topic, Canada already currently has one of the most comprehensive, federally legal medical marijuana regulatory systems in the world under Health Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). Licensed Producers – the only legal, commercial producers of marijuana in Canada – must adhere to quality assurance standards similar to those in place for commercial pharmaceuticals.
Within the industry, there is ongoing debate about these quality assurance practices and how they relate to production, sale, and public health. To engage the community in this dialogue, Lift is holding a forum highlighted by a diverse panel of industry experts.
May 7, 2015
UBC Robson Square
800 Robson St.
Doors open at 6:00pm
Panel discussion starts at 7:00pm
Seating is general admission, so make sure you arrive early to meet the panelists, chat with exhibitors, and get good seats!
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, BOTANY DEPARTMENT, UBC, FOUNDER, ANANDIA LABS
Jonathan Page is a scientist and entrepreneur focused on understanding the biochemical and genetic secrets of medicinal plants, including cannabis (marijuana, hemp). He pursues this research through an academic program at UBC andAnandia Labs.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VICTORIA CANNABIS BUYERS CLUB
Dieter MacPherson is currently serving as the executive director at one of Canada’s oldest medical cannabis dispensaries, the VCBC. As well, he serves as an advisor to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF POPULATION & PUBLIC HEALTH, UBC
Mark Haden has been published on the issue of drug policy in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, and the International Journal of Drug Policy. Haden was involved in producing the Health Officers Council paper on the regulation of illegal drugs in 2005.
DIRECTOR OF PATIENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICES, BEDROCAN CANADA
Hilary Black is the founder of the BC Compassion Club Society, the first medical cannabis dispensary in Canada. She currently serves as the Director of Patient and Community Services with Bedrocan Canada.
VICE PRESIDENT, PATIENT RESEARCH AND SERVICES, TILRAY
Philippe Lucas is Vice President of Patient Research and Services at Tilray. Additionally, he is a PhD student in the University of Victoria’s Social Dimensions of Health program and a Graduate Researcher with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia. His scientific research includes the therapeutic use of cannabis and other substances in the treatment of trauma and addiction, and he has been invited to provide expert testimony before the Canadian House of Commons, the Canadian Senate, and the BC Supreme Court.
EMILY KIRKHAM, VP OF LABORATORY OPERATIONS, SIGNOTO
Emily Kirkham is the VP of Laboratory Operations for Signoto, a leading provider of quality control consulting to the Canadian medical cannabis industry. As co-founder of Signoto, Emily is the lead analytical chemistry consultant. A professional chemist with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University, she brings over 15 years of experience working in analytical laboratories, with an emphasis on quality control procedures and method development.
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.