In addition to licensed producers, the CMCC also includes the medical cannabis industry’s first Patient Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC, which is comprised of leading patient groups from across Canada, works to ensure patients and their best interests are the focus of the practices, activities and policy advocacy of CMCC. On August 29, the PAC presented a brief to the Task Force on the Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana intended to influence the government in addressing the needs of existing and potential medical cannabis patients. The current membership of the CMCC’s PAC is below.
CMCC Patient Advisory Committee MembersThe Canadian AIDS Society
Incorporated since 1986, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is a national coalition of community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. CAS is dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, and to enriching the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS.
The Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for over 65 years, and is dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis. The Society is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs, research and support to the more than 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis.
The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance
The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance (CEA) is a Canada-wide network of grassroots organizations dedicated to the promotion of independence and quality of life for people with epilepsy and their families, through support services, information, advocacy, and public awareness.
Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana
Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana is a patient-run, non-profit organization that advocates for medical cannabis patients’ rights. CFAMM believes that when medically indicated, cannabis should be easy to access, safe, affordable, standardized, and fully recognized as a prescription medication.
The Improving the Life of Children Foundation
The Improving the Life of Children Foundation (ILC) exists to inspire hope and contribute to the health and well-being of children suffering from chronic pain by providing a care model of health promotion education and knowledge transfer partnerships.
The Wellness Soldier
The Wellness Soldier’s mission is to provide information, services, and products to help veterans live a healthy long life, focusing on five main areas: veterans, eating healthy, fitness, meditation/becoming grounded, and medical marijuana. The Wellness Soldier highlights healthy alternatives to relieve the symptoms of occupational stress injuries as well as physical injuries.