Event

11

June 2014

The New Cannabis in Canada: Access, Perception and the Way Forward

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King West, Toronto

The panel will explore the new Cannabis industry: the scale of market opportunity in Canada, changing access regime and international experience. Through the patient and healthcare provider prospective the panel will discuss what’s medically effective and socially acceptable in today’s society. The panel will analyze the new MMPR program and Canada’s role as an early adopter of the medical Cannabis access regime that’s creating a billion dollar industry- Will the world follow?

The New Cannabis in Canada: Access, Perception and the Way Forward

Alan N. Young

Professor of Law
Osgoode Hall School of Law

Alan N. Young

Alan Young is an Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Law School, and for nearly two decades has provided free legal services to those whose alternative lifestyles have brought them into conflict with the law. Through his work representing countless people suffering from AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis who were charged after using marihuana for medicinal purposes, the Federal Government was compelled to create a regulatory program authorizing the use of medical marihuana.

Canadian Lawyer magazine has recognized the contributions Professor Young has made to the law, and named him one of the “Top 25 Most Influential” in the justice system and legal profession in 2010, 2011 & 2012. He is also the author of Justice Defiled: Perverts, Potheads, Serial Killers and Lawyers (Toronto: Key Porter, 2003).

Jennifer Caldwell

Vice-President, Client Care & Regulatory Affairs
Assistant Quality Assurance of The Peace Naturals Project Inc.

Jennifer Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell is trained in both education and biology, which she has employed as both a teacher in Ontario and as a specialist in pharmaceutical plaintiff litigation with the law firm Beasley Allen in Montgomery, Alabama. Jennifer’s compassion for her clients, her advocacy and her understanding of science and medicine has led her to The Peace Naturals Project where she has successfully launched the organizations Client Care Department, comprised of their Client Care call centre for onboarding, sales, program education and client service.

Marc Kealey

Lead Advocate
Canadian Vaping Association

Marc Kealey

With over 30 years of experience in public policy, advocacy and management Marc Kealey is a leading voice for transformation in health - most notably in prescription drug reform, healthcare delivery, smoking cessation and medical human resource management.

He is the lead advocate for Canadian Vaping Association (CVA), which advocates for vape product shop owners and their employees, manufacturers of e-liquid for the vape industry and the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have chosen vaping as an alternative to combustible tobacco products. His efforts have had direct impact on legislative initiatives in almost every province in Canada and with the Government of Canada on its recent Bill S-5 legislation that recognizes vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes.

He speaks at conference and is often seen on media throughout North America and globally on issues related to vaping and its harm reduction benefit. He is the Chief Advocate at K&A Inc., a public policy and management consultancy.

Mark Gobuty

CEO & Founder
The Peace Naturals Project Inc.

Mark Gobuty

In 2011, Mark founded the Peace Naturals Project, an organization committed to helping shepherd this new industry through safety, harm reduction and self-care agri-health solutions. The Peace Naturals Project includes a state-of-the-art medical Cannabis production facility and an industry leading Client Care department. The Peace Naturals Project successfully became the first newly licensed medical Cannabis producer and distributor under Health Canada's new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) program and has made the transition to large-scale commercial production capable of delivering the highest quality medicine to patients across the country.

Mark Gobuty discovered the medical Cannabis industry through the need to provide alternative medicine to his parents, both of whom have suffered from serious long-term ailments. A ten-year veteran of the organic and natural foods business, Mark set out to understand the business of medical Cannabis.

This led him to embark on an extensive journey with visits to a number of top medicinal Cannabis clinics around the world. During his travels, Mark had hands on involvement with patients and expanded his knowledge of medicinal Cannabis agriculture, organics, best practices and GMPs.

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