For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Five BC Cannabis Policy Reform Advocates Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
Five prominent cannabis policy reform advocates will be recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal on January 24th. They were nominated by Senator Pierre Claude Nolin for their dedication to cannabis social justice and medical access for Canadians living with critical and chronic illness.
Senator Nolin was the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, which issued a report recommending cannabis be regulated and the government work with the medical cannabis dispensaries.
The medal is being awarded this year to 60, 000 Canadians to honour significant contributions and achievements.
The recipients are:
Hilary Black, Pioneer of the medical cannabis movement in Canada and founder of the BC Compassion Club Society, the first medical cannabis organization in Canada, founded in 1997.
Rielle Capler, MHA, medical cannabis researcher and co-founder of Canadians for Safe Access and Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, PhD Student at UBC.
John Conroy, QC, practises criminal law with a focus on charter of rights issues, constitutional challenges and prison law reform. He has been the president of NORML Canada since 1978. John Conroy is one of Canada’s foremost cannabis law reformers.
Philippe Lucas, MA, federally authorized patient, research affiliate with the Centre for Addiction Research of BC, founder of the Vancouver Island Compassion Club Society, co-founder of Canadians for Safe Access.
Kirk Tousaw, Barrister and social justice advocate focusing on defending people charged with cannabis offences and medical cannabis related constitutional challenges. He is the executive director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation.
Hilary Black 778 986 8842
Philippe Lucas 250 588 1160
Rielle Capler 604 818 4082
Kirk Tousaw 604 836 1420
John Conroy 604 852 5110
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