October 2011 CAMCD Update

October 2011 CAMCD Update
October 31, 2011 Dieter MacPherson

1) Health Research Caucus on Pain Research
2) International Drug Policy Reform Conference
3) Family Physician Forum

1) Health Research Caucus on Pain Research

On Oct. 17 2011, CAMCD director Adam Greenblatt attended the Health Research Caucus on Pain Research in Ottawa, Ontario. “In 2009, Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery established a Health Research Caucus (HRC), drawing Parliamentarians from all political parties to participate in a forum to discuss the critical importance of health research to the health and wealth of Canadians, and consider the benefits of the health research industry’s skilled and knowledgeable work force”. The event featured a number of well respected speakers including but not limited to, Senator Kelvin K. Ogilvie, Dr. Mary Lynch, and Mr. Jacques Hendlisz, and provided a fantastic venue for participants to network and share their expertise.

For more information: rc-rc.ca/events/parliamentary-events

2) International Drug Policy Reform Conference

The Drug Policy Alliance will be hosting the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Los Angeles, California November 2-5 2011. The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. It brings together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries. This year attendees will have the opportunity to spend three days interacting with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world.

CAMCD Advisory Board member, Rielle Capler, will be presenting at the conference on the “Innovative Approaches to Medical Marijuana Distribution and Services” panel. This panel will focus on the need for improved patient access to high-quality medical marijuana, support services, and increased civil and legal protections. What are the obstacles facing medical marijuana patients? How are different jurisdictions and providers addressing these issues? Rielle will share information about CAMCD, including our work on the development of a standards and certification system, our efforts to have medical cannabis dispensaries included in the new national regulatory framework for medical cannabis, and the Dispensaries and Indispensable! campaign. CAMCD is grateful for the scholarship awarded to Rielle by the International Drug Policy Reform Conference to attend the conference.

For more information: www.reformconference.org

3) Family Physician Forum

CAMCD will be hosting a booth at the Family Physician Forum in Montreal, Quebec November 3-5, 2011. “The Family Medicine Forum (FMF) is the premier family medicine conference in Canada. FMF 2011 combines the annual scientific assemblies of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, The Quebec College of Family Physicians (QCFP) and the annual workshops of the CFPC’s Sections of Teachers and Researchers. Each year the FMF is attended by over 2500 family physicians, family medicine teachers and researchers, residents, medical students, nurses, nurse practitioners and many other health care professionals who come not only for the great variety of CME offered, but for the opportunity to network with their colleagues and friends from across the country”.

CAMCD’s booth will provide the opportunity for FMF participants from across Canada to have their questions about medical cannabis and dispensaries answered, and will provide a venue for further discussions about how health care practitioners and medical cannabis dispensaries can support each other in ensuring Canadians have access to medical cannabis and receive the best possible level of care.

For more information: fmf.cfpc.ca

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Sincerely,

CAMCD

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