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The development and implementation of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) Certification Program for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries is supported by a grant from the Peter Wall Solutions Initiative awarded to the SEED: Standards, Engagement, Evaluation and Dissemination project; a collaboration between researchers from the University of British Columbia, Canadians for Safe Access (CSA) and CAMCD. The Peter Wall Solutions Initiative, focuses on practical and innovative solutions to societal problems. The Peter Wall Solutions Initiative (PWSI) enables UBC faculty to team with community organizations in order to address issues of societal importance through innovative, interdisciplinary and academically rigorous research projects. The PWSI is supported by the Peter Wall Endowment to UBC.This project supports CAMCD to conduct a series of consultation meetings and key informant interviews with patients, dispensary operators, policy makers, and other key experts and stakeholders to ensure the CAMCD Certification Program addresses their needs and concerns.

Research Team

Ms. Rielle Capler, University of British Columbia

Dr. Zach Walsh, University of British Columbia

Philippe Lucas MA, founder of Vancouver Island Compassion Society


Dr. Brian Emerson, Medical Consultant with BC Ministry of Health
Jamie Marshall, I.H. Practice Lead for Community Integration, Mental Health and Substance Use Services
Micheal Vonn, lawyer and the Policy Director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (the BCCLA)
Dr. Susan Holtzman,  UBC Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Lynda Balneaves, UBC Associate Professor in Nursing

SEED Project Partners

The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, a not-for-profit corporation, has been established with the mandate to promote a regulated community-based approach to medical cannabis access and to support medical cannabis dispensaries to provide the highest quality of patient care.

Since its founding two decades ago, the mission of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has been to create collaborative, interdisciplinary, basic research programs for scholars at all stages of their career. It is one of only 30 similar institutions worldwide devoted to the free pursuit of learning and research at the highest levels.


For additional information about the study you may contact the principal investigators:
Dr. Zachary Walsh, University of British Columbia, Okanagan at
Ms. Rielle Capler, University of British Columbia at
Philippe Lucas MA, founder of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society at


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