Speakers

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Dr. Jahan Marcu

Editor in Chief American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine
CSO International Research Center on Cannabis and Health

Dr. Jahan Marcu has over 15 years of experience in cannabis research, policy, and operations.  He has been a passionate advocate focused on consumer safety and the medical benefits of cannabis. He is among a select group of professionals globally that has earned a PhD focused on the endocannabinoid system (with research on the structure and function of cannabinoid receptors, molecular pharmacology of the endocannabinoid system, and the role of the ECS in bone).

He is the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of the International Research Center on Cannabis and Health, a community-based institute that collaborates with universities, researchers, foundations, state institutions, and others to leverage the highest caliber talent in the field.  Dr. Marcu was previously the Chief Science Officer, as well as a Director of Patient Focused Certification (a health and safety oversight program that assesses regulatory compliance at cannabis operations). 

He is also founder and past-chair of the Cannabis Chemistry Sub-division of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest and oldest professional scientific society. 

Further illustrating the recognition earned through his efforts, he has been asked to serve on multiple expert government advisory and trade association committees, as well as scientific organizations including ASTM (chair), AHPA (past-chair), ACS, AOCS, AOAC, IACM(BOD), and the IMCPC (co-founder).

Dr. Marcu’s work has been instrumental to facilitating and supporting fact-based, scientific approaches vital to industry and patients.  This has included research focused on solving the structure and function of cannabinoid receptors, the anti-cancer properties of cannabis compounds, as well as method development and validation for analyzing complex formulations.  Furthermore, his efforts include the development of international certification and training programs, co-authoring American Herbal Pharmacopeia’s Cannabis Quality Control and Therapeutic Monographs, and assisting in the creation of the first standards for industry as chairman of the cannabis committee for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).  His dedication to consumer safety is further evident in his work to co-develop a biotech application to predict drug-drug interactions between cannabis and commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs (Navigator Genomics).  Additionally, Dr. Marcu published one of the first product safety study on CBD products.

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Dr. Monica Taing

Pharmacist, Researcher, Clinical Cannabis Consultant Specialist

Professionally trained as a pharmacist, Dr. Monica Taing graduated from Northeastern University with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree where she completed Endocannabinoid Receptor System research. Dr. Taing serves as a Board Member and the Membership Director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR), the Director of Research and Clinical Education for Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM), a Medical Science Liaison for 4Front Ventures, and as a clinical cannabis consultant specialist for hospital systems and academic medical institutions. 

Actively working to design and deliver fact-based clinical cannabis education for underserved patient populations and the healthcare community, Dr. Taing is a member of the International Society of Cannabis Pharmacists (ISCPh), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC). While engaging patients, caregivers, politicians, policymakers, and fellow medical professionals with data-driven outreach, Dr. Taing prioritizes educating on public safety and promoting harm reduction practices.

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Philippe Lucas

VP, Global Patient Research & Access, Tilray

Philippe Lucas PhD(c) is Vice President, Global Patient Research & Access at Tilray (www.tilray.ca), a federally authorized medical cannabis production, research, and distribution company based in Nanaimo, BC; Vice-Chair of the Cannabis Canada Council; and a Graduate Researcher with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. His scientific research includes the therapeutic use of cannabis in the treatment of mental health conditions and addiction, and he has been invited to provide expert testimony before the Canadian House of Commons, the Canadian Senate, and the BC Supreme Court.

Philippe has received a number of accolades and awards for his work, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) for his work and research on medical cannabis, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cannabis Canada Council (2018).

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Dr. Margaret Haney

Professor of Neurobiology (in Psychiatry), Columbia University

Dr. Margaret (Meg) Haney is a Professor of Neurobiology (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Medical Center, where she is the Director of the Cannabis Research Laboratory and Co-Director of the Substance Use Research Center. Her research focuses on human laboratory models of cannabis and cocaine use disorders and the assessment of novel pharmacologic and immunologic approaches to treat these disorders. Her particular interest is to define the factors that contribute to the daily use of drugs. Her publications to date have largely focused on: (1) the positive and negative reinforcing effects of cocaine and cannabis, (2) the effects of medications on cannabis and cocaine self-administration, (3) predictors of cannabis withdrawal and relapse, (4) the potential medical benefits of different cannabinoids, alone and in combination with opioid medications. 

 

She is an author on more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 11 book chapters, is an Associate Editor for Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, an advisory editor for Psychopharmacology, a longstanding participant in NIH review groups, and is a fellow in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and recent past President of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

Dr. Haney frequently provides media interviews, including television (CNBC, NBC, CBS), newspapers (e.g., NY Times, Wall St. Journal), magazines (e.g., Time, New York Magazine), radio (WNYC, NPR) and digital media (seeker.com).

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Lauren A. Rudick

Attorney, Member, Hiller, PC, New York

Lauren Rudick, a Member of Hiller, PC, has a wealth of knowledge in multiple facets of law and is responsible for a wide variety of complex commercial matters. For ten years, Lauren practiced litigation exclusively, where she successfully represented clients in a variety of business, licensing, intellectual property, and Internet/media disputes, while contributing to the Firm’s land use and zoning practice. With a trained and sensitive eye for keeping clients out of litigation, in 2015, Lauren was named a Rising Star among Top New York Metro Attorneys, as featured by Superlawyers®. Lauren serves as outside general counsel for investors and tech-driven startups, prepares and negotiates commercial, employment, and pre-litigation settlement agreements, vigorously protects clients’ intellectual property rights, and provides guidance to clients on grey areas of Internet Law, privacy, publicity, and advertising. She further specializes in interpretation of corporate documents, business organization or reorganization, and all forms and stages of corporate finance.

Lauren is also the co-founder of Hiller, PC’s Cannabis Law practice area. What started as a passion project in patient rights during a brief residency in California, has made Lauren  one of the nation’s preeminent attorneys servicing medical Cannabis industry players in the Green Rush. Lauren has combined her knowledge and familiarity with Cannabis trends and upturns in the industry with her diverse background in corporate law, litigation, and land-use and zoning, to provide clients with the most up-to-date information they need to operate and invest in successful medical Cannabis and ancillary businesses. Lauren is a Regular Contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine and a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, and she supports the New York City chapters of Women Grow, the Cannabis and Hemp Association, and High NY.

Mock Trial Participants

Peter Pommerville

Professor, Urologist
Playing the accused physician

  • Dr. Pommerville graduated from the University of Ottawa  medical school and completed his urology specially in Ottawa. He completed a fellowship year at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver BC.
  • He practiced Adult urology in Victoria BC until 2014.
  • He started the Men’s Health Initiative at UBC.

 

 

  • He is currently Clinical Professor of Urology in the Dept of Urological Sciences at UBC.

  • Dr. Pommerville is an experienced and respected medical expert witness.

  • He has published or coauthored over 150 clinical research papers.

  • He is active in Masters Canoe Racing and has just completed his level one sommelier course.

Fatima V. Afia, Esq.

Attorney, Hiller, PC, New York
Playing the part of Defense Counsel

Fatima Afia is an Associate at Hiller, PC -- a boutique firm in Midtown Manhattan -- where she has worked for the past three years, contributing to the firm’s most successful practice areas, including commercial and business litigation, cannabis law, land use and landmarks law matters, and disability insurance law. In addition, Fatima is an instrumental member of the legal team behind Washington v. Barr, a lawsuit brought against the federal government, which seeks a declaration that the mis-classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug is unconstitutional on the grounds that such classification violates, among other things, the plaintiffs’ First, Fourteenth, and Fifth Amendment Rights as well as their constitutional Right to Travel.

Fatima has also testified before the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, arguing for an expansion of Massachusetts’ Social Equity Program to provide further encouragement and support of women and minority-owned businesses seeking to enter Massachusetts’ adult-use cannabis program. Prior to working at Hiller, PC, Fatima attended Brooklyn Law School where she graduated cum laude, and in the top 20% percent of her graduating class. Fatima was the Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Journal of Law and Policy, is a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, and a recipient of the CALI Excellence Award in Practice-Ready Legal Research. Fatima also served as a Clerk for the Honorable Ellen Gesmer of the New York Supreme Court, and interned in two highly coveted clinics with the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New York City Law Department.

Joseph A. Bondy

Criminal Defense and Cannabis Business Lawyer
Playing the part of the Plaintiff Lawyer

 Joseph A. Bondy is a criminal defense and cannabis business lawyer in Manhattan. A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Bondy is admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the
First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Over the past twenty-five years, he has  represented more than one thousand individuals at all stages of
litigation, including dozens of federal and state cannabis clients. Mr. Bondy has tried cannabis cases to verdict, and won reductions from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for cannabis
defendants on multiple occasions. 

He currently represents a number of companies in the cannabis and industrial hemp industry on a variety of business and securities law matters, and has been identified by High Times Magazine as “one of the nation’s preeminent cannabis attorneys.”

Mr. Bondy is also a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and a life member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) National Legal Committee. He is the Founder of In the Know 420, a well-known weekly live-stream on cannabis law and policy, and Vice-President of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). The American Trial Lawyers College rates Mr. Bondy as one of the top 100 criminal trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Bondy lectures on a variety of federal criminal and cannabis law topics at various community, bar association and legal
programs throughout the country. Mr. Bondy serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), and immensely enjoys mentoring young lawyers and advocates. 

Robert Wainwright

Global Customer Innovation Lead
Havas Health & You
Playing the part of the plaintiff

Robert has been at the forefront of digital innovation for healthcare since entering the industry over 20 years ago. Currently Robert leads Customer Experience and Innovation at Havas Health and Wellness. Robert is known for his impact translating big ideas into personalized experiences, doing work across major pharmaceutical and biotech partners. His most recent work has been focused on leveraging digital therapeutics to improve patient experiences, enhance empathy and outcomes.

 

 

Robert was a Cannes Lions 2019 featured presenter leading the “Merging the Worlds of Entertainment and Healthcare” presentation with Universal Music Group, Gameloft, and World-Famous composer Max Richter.

https://www.canneslions.com/attend/planner#/speakers/bob-wainwright-s1-45538.  Robert and the Havas Now team won the Cannes Lions 2019 Grand Champion Live Pitch Finale for Novartis Health X Challenge in Heart Failure.

https://www.nusgram.com/media/By3F-bOA7sw.  He was also a Founders Forum London 2019 Featured Panelist “Why We Sleep and Can We Hack It?”.