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Cultivating Seeds of Change
Through Community Engagement,
Dialogue, and Education

July 19th, Vancouver BC, 15 Panelists, 20 Exhibitors
Food, Drink & Product Samples Included with Ticket


Don’t miss your chance to be part of the dialogue!

Join us on July 19th at SFU Harbour Centre to take part in cultivating a common ground for the future use of Cannabis in British Columbia. Marc and Jodie Emery, Kirk Tousaw, Chris Bennett, and Philippe Lucas will be some of the expert panelists sharing their views on the ongoing cultural discussion about Cannabis. You can find the complete list of panelists below.

Three panel discussions will be held to shape further understanding on: the Medicinal Use of Cannabis, The Historical, Sacred, and Ceremonial Use of Cannabis, as well as Governmental Policy and Public Activism. All viewpoints are welcomed and an informed discussion will ensure that the interests of all citizens are well represented.

Never before has there been such a wealth of information and research on the practical, therapeutic and medicinal uses of Cannabis, as well as a growing understanding and acceptance of Cannabis on the part of the general public. However with over 80 Cannabis dispensaries in Vancouver alone, increasing concerns about formal regulation from federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose signal that the future remains uncertain on the path forward. What is needed now is increased community engagement, dialogue, and education.

Questions for the panelists include

  • What are the different models of cannabis legalization?
  • What can we learn from the USA legalization initiatives?
  • What is the public health approach to cannabis legalization?
  • How can Cannabis be de-stigmatized in the mainstream medical community?

Join us for an exciting and informative day with an exceptional array of panelists and special presenters! Enjoy refreshments and beverages with live music in a market place with 15 honored dispensaries and esteemed exhibitors.

General Info

One Day Conference
Three Panel Discussions
Afternoon Dispensary Exhibition


SFU Harbour Center
555 W Hastings Street


July 19th, 2015
Doors open at 8:00 am
First Panel starts at 9 am


$35 in advance (online).
$45 at the door.
Limited seating. Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Medicinal Use of Cannabis

Philippe Lucas

Philippe Lucas

Philippe Lucas (Special Presenter) is Vice President, Patient Research and Services at Tilray, a federally authorized medical cannabis production, research and distribution company based in Nanaimo, BC.

Zach Walsh

Zach Walsh, PhD, RPsych is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UBC, Director of the Therapeutic, Recreational, and Problematic Substance Use lab, and a registered clinical psychologist. Zach has published more than 40 articles…

Jamie Shaw

Jamie Shaw is the spokesperson for the BC Compassion Club Society, President of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, and the vice-chair of the Vancouver Chapter of Women Grow, a networking platform to raise the profile of…

Dieter MacPherson

Dieter MacPherson is currently serving as the executive director at one of Canada’s oldest medical cannabis dispensaries, The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club. After his ten-year career as a consultant in the cultivation of cannabis…

Dori Dempster

Dori Dempster has been the Executive Director of The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary since its opening in 2008. She is a cannabis patient and advocate, almost wife to Tim for nine years, and the proud mother of three grown sons.

Historical, Sacred, and Ceremonial Use of Cannabis

Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray is an author, speaker, conference and workshop organizer, musician, and photographer. His first book, “Returning to Sacred World”, was published in 2010. As of spring 2015, Stephen is just finishing up a new book with 17 contributors,

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the history of cannabis, having written dozens of articles in Cannabis CultureHigh Times, and other magazines as well as three books dealing with …

Ted Smith

Ted is the author of Hempology 101: The History and Uses of Cannabis Sativa and president of the International Hempology 101 Society. Since first learning of Reefer Madness, he has taken a keen interest in the historical uses and prohibition of cannabis.

David Malmo-Levine

David Malmo-Levine has been writing about cannabis since 1992 and organizing civil disobedience since 1993. In 1995 David was flown out from Edmonton to Vancouver to be a professional pot activist by Marc Emery.

Governmental Policy and Public Activism

Marc Emery

Marc Emery, the world-famous “Prince of Pot”, is known for his essential involvement in the marijuana movement since 1991. He helped make marijuana books and magazines legal in Canada, sold bongs and vaporizers when it was illegal to do so, created Cannabis Culture magazine…

Jodie Emery

Jodie Emery is a political activist, public speaker, and long-time marijuana legalization advocate. Together with her famous activist husband Marc Emery, she owns and operates Cannabis Culture stores, Cannabis Culture vapor lounges, Cannabis Culture news and Pot TV.

Mark Haden

Mark Haden is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and teaches in the UBC school of Population and Public Health, Nursing, Social Work and Medicine. He is the Chair of the Board of MAPS Canada (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies).

Kirk Tousaw

Kirk Tousaw is a barrister and advocate for law reform. His primary practice areas are Medical Cannabis Regulatory Compliance, Cannabis Criminal Defence and Strategic Litigation. In addition to the daily practice of law, Kirk sits on the Boards of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, NORML Canada, MAPS Canada and the Sensible BC Society.

Dana Larsen

Dana Larsen is a well-known Vancouver cannabis activist, businessman and politician. He served ten years as editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine, is the co-founder of the Vancouver Seed Bank, founder of the Vancouver Dispensary Society, and Vice President of the Canadian Association of Cannabis Dispensaries.

The Moderator

  • Owen Smith
    Owen SmithCannabis Digest Quarterly Journal

    Owen Smith launched the constitutional challenge to allow cannabis extracts for medical patients that was recently ruled upon by the Supreme Court of Canada. As an employee of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers club for 5 years, Owen gained personal experience with patients on the cutting edge of the nascent medical cannabis industry. Owen is now a writer for the Cannabis Digest Quarterly Journal; LiftCannabis.ca and Canlio.ca: covering topics across the vast spectrum of cannabis interest. He is co-host of the People Advocating Cannabis Education (PACE) talk radio show on the internet radio channel Time4Hemp.

    Special Presenters

    Emily Kirkham

    Emily is co-founder and Vice President of Laboratory Operations at Signoto Corporation, a Canadian company focusing on analytical laboratory consulting for the Medical Marijuana industry. She specializes in method validation, quality control and training for Licensed Producers and Controlled Substance Laboratories.

    M-J Milloy

    M-J Milloy, PhD, is an infectious disease epidemiologist who studies the links between psychoactive drugs and HIV/AIDS. A research scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, he is the principal investigator of the ACCESS study of people living with HIV/AIDS who use drugs. He led the first research to show a link between daily use of cannabis and lower levels of virus in the bloodstream.

    Honored Dispensaries

    • BC Compassion Club
    • Buddha Barn
    • Buddha’s Sister
    • Eden Medicinal
    • Eggs Cana
    • Med Pot Now
    • Stressed and Depressed Dispensary
    • Sunrise Wellness
    • The Healing Tree Dispensary
    • The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary

    Esteemed Exhibitors

    • CannaLife Botanicals
    • Float House
    • Green Penguin
    • Hemp Co
    • Apothecary Labs
    • New Agora
    • Patron Dispenser
    • Sensible BC
    • Wagon Wheel Labs
    • Whistler Medical Marijuana
    • Zen Leaf Delivery

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