Philippe G. Lucas
Philippe Lucas is a the founder and director of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society, a Canadian non-profit therapeutic cannabis research and distribution center; and founder of Canadians for Safe Access, the nation's largest medicinal cannabis patients rights organization. A former secondary school teacher, he also serves as Director of Communications for DrugSense, a U.S.-based drug policy think-tank, and is one of about 750 Canadians who are currently allowed to legally use therapeutic cannabis.
An experienced medicinal cannabis researcher and advocate, Mr. Lucas has recently presented before the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, the Health Canada Office of Cannabis Medical Access Advisory Committee, the House of Commons Special Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs, The Third National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, and the American Association of Pain Management.
He is currently co-investigator in three research projects involving medicinal cannabis: a hepatitis-C protocol with the University of California, San Francisco; a nausea and pregnancy survey protocol with the University of British Columbia; and a smoked cannabis and chronic pain clinical trial with the Vancouver Island Compassion Society and Dr. Shannon Hamersley (pending approval). He is also a collaborator on an upcoming Center for Addiction and Mental Health study on the use of medicinal cannabis, with a focus on the membership of compassion clubs and societies (head investigator: Dr. Andrew Hathaway, CAMH).
Mr. Lucas continues to advise and work with all levels of government on this important health and social issue, including an 18-month volunteer position as vice-chair of the Victoria City Council Downtown Advisory Committee. He is also a current board member of the Victoria Disabilities Rights Organization, and a Director-at-Large of the Vancouver Island Person's Having AIDS Caucus. Next fall Mr. Lucas plans to begin work on a Master's degree on Studies in Policy and Planning with the University of Victoria department of Human and Social Development, with a focus on Canadian drug policy.
Philippe G. Lucas|
17-1875 Christie Way
Telephone: (250) 370-0981
D.O.B.: July 24th, 1969
EDUCATIONUniversity of Victoria - Master's in Studies in Policy and Practice
- September 2006
University of Victoria - Post-Degree Certificate in Secondary Education
Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario) - B.A. English Literature - 1991
LANGUAGESFluently bilingual in English and French
WORK EXPERIENCEVancouver Island Compassion Society (www.thevics.com) - Victoria, BC.
October 1999 to present
Founder and Director - duties include running day-to-day operations of well-respected, non-profit medicinal cannabis research, advocacy, and distribution organization. Extensive media experience, including the CBC TV National News, CBC Radio1, BBC Radio, local and international newspapers, and national magazine publications such as McLean's Magazine. A documentary on the organization, titled "Crimes of Compassion" continues to air nationally on Global Television. Experienced spokesperson and presenter; presentations include the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, Office of Cannabis Medical Access Advisory Committee, AIDS Vancouver Island, Comosun College, The BC Homeopathic Physicians Organization - as well as organizing a full day seminar on the planning and implementation of a medicinal cannabis dispensary. Duties now also include an extensive research agenda (see "Research" below).
Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies - Ben Lomond, CA
Americans for Safe Access - San Francisco, CA
City of Victoria Downtown Advisory Committee - Victoria, B.C.
Greater Victoria Green Party, Candidate for City Council - Victoria, B.C.
Canadians for Safe Access (www.safeaccess.ca) - Canada
DrugSense (www.drugsense.org) - Irvine, California
Professional Accountability Project - Marijuana Policy Project (Washington, D.C.)
Elizabeth Buckley School - Victoria, BC.
Urban Male Magazine - Ottawa, Ontario.
Ridgeford Properties - London, England.
The Wildlife - Banff, Alberta.
Esquimalt Secondary School - Victoria, BC.
RESEARCHChanges in substance use patterns in 20 new members of a community-based compassion society - VICS/Center for Addiction Research of British Columbia.
July 2006-May 2008
Principle Investigator in observational case series study examining the changes in licit and illicit substance use patterns in new members of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society.
Observational case series study of the long-term efficacy of Ibogaine-assisted therapy and associated interventions in participants with opiate addiction treated at the Iboga Therapy House - Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies.
Survey of medicinal cannabis use among childbearing women: patterns of its use in pregnancy and retroactive self-assessment of its efficacy against 'morning sickness' - Westfall, Janssen, Lucas & Capler. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2006 Feb;12(1):27-33. Epub 2005 Dec 22.
Cannabis as Therapy for People Living With HIV/AIDS - Canadian AIDS Society
Cannabis use as self-medication: A study of Canadian compassion clubs and clients - VICS/Canadian Center for Addiction and Mental Health.
CIHR funding secured; currently awaiting approval of review board.
A comparison of the effects of smoked whole-plant cannabis of different THC concentrations in non-treatment naive patients with chronic pain - The Vancouver Island Compassion Society
Vancouver Island Compassion Society strain/symptom survey protocol
The Effects of Cannabis Use on Hepatitis C and Interferon/Ribovarin Treatment. - VICS/BCCCS/Dr. Sylvestre (University of California, San Francisco).
Canadian Compassion Club Survey Protocol - VICS
PRESENTATIONS & CONSULTATIONSInternational Harm Reduction Association Conference
May 2006 - Vancouver B.C.
"Regulating Compassion, A 5-Year Overview of Canada's Medical Cannabis Policy and Program".
Fourth Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
NORML Annual Conference 2006
Drug Policy Alliance Conference 2005
Canadian Public Health Association
NORML Annual Conference 2005
3rd National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
BC Civil Liberties Association "Beyond Prohibition" Conference
NORML Annual Conference 2004
Drug Policy Alliance Conference
House of Commons Special Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs
American Association of Pain Management Symposium
Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs
AWARDS/ADVISORY POSITIONS/OTHERResearch Fellow - Center for Addiction Research of British Columbia
Center for Addition Research of British Columbia Advisory Board
Americans for Safe Access Medical Advisory Board
High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month - August/September 2004
Member - Victoria Chamber of Commerce