Philippe Lucas - Lifetime Achievement in Cannabis
Philippe Lucas, vice-president, global patient research & access of Tilray, was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2nd Annual Cannabis Council of Canada Honours Awards, in Ottawa earlier this week.
Philippe first became involved with medical cannabis as a patient and founded the Vancouver Island Compassion Society (VICS) in 1999. For 10 years, he dedicated himself, as executive director, to serving the needs of patients who might benefit from the medical use of cannabis. Strengthening his active community involvement, Philippe also served as a Victoria city councillor and Capital Regional District director from 2008-2011.
In addition to his community work, Philippe has made great strides to push forward access and scientific research of cannabis, including co-directing the Phase 2 of a randomized, triple-blinded clinical trial on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which Tilray and the University of British Columbia have partnered on, to study the therapeutic uses of cannabis for mental health conditions and addiction. He also published Rationale for Cannabis-Based Interventions in the Opioid Overdose Crisis and presented his research around the world on patient patterns of use and the use of cannabis as a safer substitute for opioids, alcohol and other drugs. His work also includes understanding Canadian medical cannabis patients through the Tilray Patient Survey 2017, thelargest survey of Canadians medical cannabis patients to date, as well as orchestrating the Tilray Observational Patient Study (TOPS), the largest national tracking of Canadian medical cannabis patients to date with more than 1,800 participants across 21 medical clinics in five provinces.
Philippe has received a number of accolades and awards for his efforts, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) for his work and research on medical cannabis; the University of Victoria Blue and Gold Award for academic excellence and community service (2007); and the Vancouver Island Civil Liberties Association Leadership Award (2002).
The whole team at Tilray is grateful for Philippe’s unwavering and passionate advocacy on behalf of medical cannabis patients and we’re thrilled to see his work recognized by respected peers in the industry. Congratulations to Philippe Lucas on this incredible achievement. We look forward to his work to come!