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‘Cannabis: Herstory,’ a celebration of activism

October 28, 2015  By Dave Harrison

Oct. 28, 2015, Toronto — Donisha Prendergast, granddaughter of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, will host an intimate evening, sponsored by Tweed, celebrating the commitment and contributions of six remarkable women who are pioneers of the medical cannabis movement and industry in Canada.

These women have worked tirelessly to advocate for patients and educate policy makers, physicians and the public about medical cannabis.

The conversation will also cover the opportunities and limitations – both for women and the community – of Canada’s current medical cannabis system under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), as well as a look ahead at what legalization of recreational use of marijuana might mean for patients.


The celebrating is being held tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 28) at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Doors open at 6, with the program held from 7 to 9.

Taking part will be:

• Hilary Black, founder of the British Columbia Compassion Club Society (BCCCS), and director of patient and community services at Bedrocan Canada.

• Theresa Kozak, manager of Better by Tweed, overseeing the operations of three community-based cannabis resource centres located throughout southwestern Ontario.

• Jenna Valleriani, PhD candidate, at the University of Toronto in sociology and the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies, and vice-president of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

• Erin Prosk, co-founder of Santé Cannabis, whose mission is to re-integrate cannabis into the practice of medicine and pharmacy.

• Mandy McKnight, “accidental activist” for safe access to medical cannabis, whose seven-year-old son Liam, one of the youngest patients authorized under the MMPR, uses cannabis to control seizures caused by an intractable form of pediatric epilepsy.

• Lisa Campbell, outreach director for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy since 2013 and the founder of Women Grow Toronto.

• Donisha Prendergast, filmmaker and human rights activist, and also acts as the youth voice for the Marley Family.


Canopy Growth Corporation was Canada’s first publicly traded medical marijuana company and the first geographically diversified producer with multiple licenses under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tweed, Tweed Farms, and Bedrocan Canada, the Company operates three state-of-the-art production facilities in Ontario and distributes marijuana across the country to Canadian patients managing a host of medical conditions.

The Company is dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, providing consistent access to high quality medication, and furthering the public’s understanding of how marijuana is used for medical purposes.

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