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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Cannabis in Canada: Closing in on a new paradigm for drug research and policy

Mark A. Ware, McGill University

Canada is poised to legalize and regulate the non-medical use of cannabis, the first G7 country to do so. This policy shift will touch many aspects of Canadian society, will create an entirely new industry, and will attract international interest. Developing and implementing a framework for cannabis regulation has raised many questions about what we know, what we do not know, and what we need to know regarding this popular and often misunderstood drug. This session will outline some of the key themes and influences that have shaped this transformation, and identify those who will play a role in shaping the impact of this policy on Canadian society.

Dr. Mark Ware is a family physician and Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University. He is the Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre and Executive Director of the non-profit Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids. His research interests include the safety and effectiveness of medicines derived from cannabis and the therapeutic effectiveness of complementary strategies to manage pain. He has served as an advisor to the Canadian government since 2001, most recently as vice Chair of the Federal Task Force on the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada.

The presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and many other sponsors.

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after April 23, 2018.

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Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369