Presentations

PRESENTATIONS & CONSULTATIONS

International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium
June 22nd, 2013. Vancouver, BC
Lucas P & Krause R. Patterns of Therapeutic Cannabis Use in 907 Patients
College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 75th Annual Meeting

Jun 20th, 2013.  San Diego, California.
Lucas P, Crosby K, Walsh Z et al. Substance Use Among Medical Cannabis Users: Substituting  Cannabis For Alcohol And Other Psychoactive Substances.
ICRS Lucas_et_al_2013_final

 Psychedelic Science 2013, Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies.
April 20th, 2013.  Oakland CA.
Oral presentation titled: Ayahuasca Assisted Therapy in the Treatment of Addiction; Results From a Canadian Observational Study.  Also organized and moderated a meeting of international ayahuasca researchers as part of the conference program.

National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, Americans for Safe Access
Feb. 22nd & 23rd. Washington DC
Gave two presentations at this medical cannabis conference organized by Americans for Safe Access: Cannabis; the Exit Drug, and Medical Cannabis in Canada.

Cannabis Health Services and Health Policy Research Priority Setting Workshop
Feb. 14th-15th 2013. Vancouver BC
Co-investigator (Lynda Balneaves PhD is PI) and participant patient-representative in a CIHR-funded, UBC-affiliated consultation to establish medical cannabis research and policy priorities in BC and throughout Canada.  This project culminated in a 2-day multi-stakeholder consultation in Vancouver on Feb. 14th-15th 2013.

BC Ministry of Health
January 15th, 2013.  Victoria BC
Presentation on medical cannabis for BC Ministry of Health.

Downtown Residents Association AGM
January 12th, 2013.  Victoria BC
Presentation on new Victoria Public Market at the Hudson for the Downtown Residents Association Annual General Meeting.

University of Victoria Sociology Class
Nov. 29th, 2012.  Victoria BC
Guest lecturer for UVic Sociology class.  My presentation focused on the social construction of drug policy/drug use.

Island Chef’s Collaborative AGM
Nov. 11th, 2012.  Victoria BC
Presentation on new Victoria Public Market at the Hudson for the Island Chef’s Collaborative Annual General Meeting.

Sechelt Band Sobriety Meeting
Sept. 29th, 2012.  Sechelt BC
Coordinated and moderated a presentation on ayahuasca-assisted therapy for addiction at the Sechelt Band Sobriety Meeting organized by the Sechelt Band Health Office.

Community Social Planning Council AGM
Sept. 25th, 2012.  Victoria BC
Presentation on harm reduction at the Community Social Planning Council’s Annual General Meeting.

A Sensible Cannabis Policy for BC
Sept. 24th 2012, Victoria BC
Coordinated and moderated a panel discussion on cannabis regulation for Sensible BC. The event was attended by over 500 people.

BC Bites and Beverages
Sept. 20th, 2012 Victoria BC
Presentation on new Victoria Public Market at the Hudson at the Royal BC Museum as part of their BC Bites and Beverages series.

SEED Stakeholder Consultation
June 28th-29th 2012.  Vancouver BC
Presented and co-moderated stakeholder consultation on community-based medical cannabis access as part of the Standards, Engagement, Evaluation and Dissemination (SEED) Project sponsored by the UBC Peter Wall Solutions Initiative.

Psychedelic Research in the 21st Century – MAPS 2011 Conference
Dec. 11th & 12th, 2011.  Oakland California
Did two presentations on ayahuasca-assisted therapy for addiction, and organized a meeting of international ayahuasca researchers.

Vancouver Urban Farmers’ Forum
Nov. 26, 2011.  Vancouver BC
Presentation on new Victoria Public Market at the Hudson at the Vancouver Urban Farmers’ Forum sponsored by the City of Vancouver.

Out of Mind; The Therapeutic Application of Psychedelics in the Treatment of PTSD and Addiction
Sept. 13th, 2011.  Victoria BC
Coordinated and moderated presentations by Dr. Gabor Maté and Rick Doblin Phd on the use of ayahuasca to treat addiction and MDMA to treat PTSD.  The event was a fundraiser for MAPS Canada research.

Health Canada Consultation on Proposed Regulatory Changes to the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations
Sept. 7th, 2011.  Vancouver BC.
Represented Canadians for Safe Access at consultation hosted by Health Canada on proposed changes to the federal medical cannabis programme.

CannaMed Medical Cannabis Conference
February 2011, Vancouver BC.
Organized, moderated and presented on a panel examining medical cannabis research and legal reform in BC.  Other panel members included Dr. Manju Sharma PhD, Michael Vonn (BCCLA), and Rielle Capler MHA.

Greater Victoria Anti-Stigma Week Academic Panel
February 8th 2011, Victoria BC.
Coordinated and moderated an academic panel on stigma associated with drug use for Greater Victoria Anti-Stigma Week that featured Cecilia Benoit PhD, Susan Boyd PhD and Lynne Belle-Isle PhD Candidate.

University of Victoria Poverty Law Society Panel on Harm Reduction and Homelessness
October 2010, University of Victoria, BC.
Presented on a panel examining local policies and practices around harm reduction and homelessness.

Consultation with Health Canada re. Medical Cannabis
July 2010, Vancouver BC.
Coordinator/presenter for a consultation re. medical cannabis with Cathy Sabiston, Director General Controlled Substances & Tobacco Directorate of Health Canada

6th Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
April 2010, Providence, Rhode Island.
“It Can’t Hurt to Ask; Assessing Medical Cannabis Patient Needs in Canada”

Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century
April 2010, San Jose California.
“Regaining Internal Freedom; An Observational Study of Ayahuasca-Assisted Addictions Therapy”

Columbia Institute Center for Civic Governance Annual Conference
April, 2010.  Harrison Hot Springs BC.
Organized, moderated and presented on a panel on municipal harm reduction strategies that included Donald MacPherson and David Bratzer.
“Hometown Harm Reduction: what municipalities can do to reduce the harms associated with problematic substance use”.

Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Dec. 2009.  Ottawa, Ont.
“Presentation on the impact of Bill C-15 on Canadian medical cannabis patients”

Drug Policy Alliance International Reform Conference
Nov. 2009.  Albuquerque, NM.
“Medical Marijuana Research and Policy: The Latest Developments”

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference
Oct. 2009.  Vancouver, B.C.
“Community-University Research Into Medical Cannabis; 
A Patient-Centered Approach Towards Progressive Social Change”

International Cannabinoid Research Society
July 2009.  St. Charles, Il.
Poster Presentation: “A patient survey of Canada’s Medical Cannabis Program”

Canadian House of Commons Justice Committee
May 2009.  Ottawa, ON.
Presentation on the impact of Bill C-15 on Canadian medical cannabis patients.

Center for Addictions Research of B.C. CIHR NET Cross-Substance Studies Meeting
July 2008.  Victoria, B.C.
“Cannabis and Pharmaceutical Opiate Use for Chronic Pain; Gateway, Substitute or Synergy?”

Canadian Social Science Congress
University of British Columbia.  June 5th, 2008.
“Community-Based Research of Medical Cannabis; A Patient-Centered Approach Towards Progressive Social Change”

Community-University Expo, University of Victoria
April, 2008.
“Community-University Research Into Medical Cannabis; A Patient-Centered Approach Towards Progressive Social Change”.

5th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
April, 2008. Asilomar, California.
“Crimes of Compassion; the Benefits of Non-Profit Medical Cannabis Access”.

State of New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program consultation  
March 3rd, 2008.
Offices of Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg and Bienvenu.

United Nations General Assembly NGO Consultation.
February 4th & 5th, 2008.  Vancouver, BC.

York University National Harm Reduction Advisory Committee Consultation.
January 21st, 2008.

Drug Policy Alliance Conference 2007
December 2007, New Orleans
Moderated and presented on a panel titled “Northern Exposure – Cutting Edge Medical Cannabis Research and Legal Reform in Canada”.  Presentation was titled “Regulating Compassion; An Overview of Canada’s Medical Cannabis Policy and Practice”

International Association for Cannabis as Medicines
October 2007. Cologne, Germany.
“Regulating Compassion; An Overview of Canada’s Medical Cannabis Policy and Practice”

Israeli Ministry of Health and Tikun Olam
August 2007 – Present.  Tel Aviv, Israel
Consultation with Dr. Yahuda Baruch, chief administrator of Israel’s medical cannabis program.  Further consultations took place with Tsachi Cohen, Executive Director of Tikun Olam, a medical cannabis production and distribution non-profit organization licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Health to produce and distribute cannabis for authorized medical users in Israel.

Ministry of Children and Family Development
June 2007– Sept. 2007.  Victoria, B.C.
Consultation with Sheldon Kitzul, Policy Analyst with the Practice Development Unit Integrated Policy and Legislation Child Welfare Policy Team, in regards to the real and imagined dangers of cannabis cultivation facilities, with a focus on children.
International Cannabinoid Research Society
June 2007 – St. Sauveur, Que.
Poster presentation titled “Regulating Compassion; An Overview of Canada’s Medical Cannabis Policy and Practice”

Deconstructing Empire II
June 2007 – University of Victoria.  Victoria, B.C.
“Regulating Compassion; An Overview of Health Canada’s Medical Cannabis Policy and Practice”

Human and Social Development Spring Research Day
April 2007 – University of Victoria.  Victoria, B.C.
“The Community-Based Research and Distribution of Cannabis; A Patient-Centered, Public Health Approach”

Canadian AIDS Society and Canadian Harm Reduction Network
April 2007 – Winnipeg, SK
Federally-funded consultation on harm reduction practices in small and medium-sized cities.

Public Health Association of B.C. Conference
November 2006 – Vancouver, B.C.
“The Community-Based Research and Distribution of Cannabis; A Patient-Centered, Public Health Approach”

National Harm Reduction Coalition Conference
November 2006 – Oakland, CA
“The Community-Based Research and Distribution of Cannabis; A Patient-Centered, Public Health Approach”

International Harm Reduction Association Conference
May 2006 – Vancouver, B.C.
“Regulating Compassion, A 5-Year Overview of Canada’s Medical Cannabis Policy and Program”.

Fourth Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
April 2006 – Santa Barbara, CA
Presented results of nausea and pregnancy study published in Journal of Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

NORML Annual Conference 2006
April 2006 – San Francisco, CA
Organized and chaired panel on Canadian Medical Cannabis Research, and presented results of nausea and pregnancy study published in Journal of Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Drug Policy Alliance Conference 2005
November 2005 – Long Beach, CA
Chaired panel on Canadian cannabis research, and presented on a recently completed nausea and pregnancy study (please see above).

Entheogenesis 2
May 2005; Vancouver, B.C.
Forbidden Knowledge – The Renaissance of Medicinal Cannabis Research in the 
21st Century

Canadian Public Health Association
April 2005; Vancouver, B.C.
Cannabis Use and Driving Consultation

NORML Annual Conference 2005
April 2005 – San Francisco, CA
Chaired panel on Canadian Issues titled: “Oh Canada!  Separating the Myth From Reality”
Research panel presentation: “Forbidden Knowledge: Cannabis Research by Compassion Clubs Under Prohibition”

3rd National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
May 2004 – Charlottesville, Virginia
“Forbidden Knowledge: Cannabis Research in Canada Under Prohibition”

BC Civil Liberties Association “Beyond Prohibition” Conference
May 2004 – Vancouver, BC
“Forbidden Knowledge: Cannabis Research Under Prohibition”

NORML Annual Conference 2004
April 2004 – Washington, DC
“What the Government Won’t Tell You About Their Cannabis”

Entheogenesis Conference
February 2004 – Vancouver, BC
“Science, Spirituality and Compassion: The Modern Cultivation of An Ancient Healing Plant”

Drug Policy Alliance Conference
November 2003 – New Jersey, NY
“The Vancouver Island Compassion Society Research Plan”
“Medical Marijuana in Canada: Good Pot, Great Research, Poor Policies”

House of Commons Special Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs
October 2003 – Ottawa, Ontario
Presentation on behalf of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society and Canada’s Medical Cannabis Community

American Association of Pain Management Symposium
September 2003 – Denver, Colorado
“The Vancouver Island Compassion Society Therapeutic Cannabis Research Plan”

Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs
September 2002 – Burnaby B.C.
Presentation on behalf of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society and Canada’s Medical Cannabis Community

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