Written by Charlie Howard • Published 18th June 2019 • 3 minute read

With countries including America, Canada and Israel leading the way in the field of medical cannabis innovation, there is a great deal of interest and potential around this nascent field in the U.K. and Europe.

Cannabis Europa is one of the leading international conferences focused on sharing information on the medical cannabis industry and its future.

The next event takes place in London on the 24th and 25th June and brings together politicians, international businesses and financiers, healthcare professionals and interested entrepreneurs to discuss the essential issues facing the European industry today.

Here, we look at the unmissable speakers from the conference and those likely to be shaping the industry in the coming years:

Hannah Deacon

Hannah works as Patient Advocacy Specialist for European Cannabis Holdings and leads campaign group, End Our Pain, which works with families not allowed a medical cannabis licence as they do not have their doctor’s backing. Hannah’s personal fight led to her becoming the first person to legally enter the U.K. with medical cannabis oil to treat her severely epileptic son, Alfie.

With conventional treatments not working and causing horrendous side-effects, Hannah took the decision to move with her son to Holland for five months so that Alfie could be treated with legal cannabis oil. Alfie’s seizures dramatically improved and Hannah took on the U.K. government to allow NHS access to the necessary oil for her son. Ultimately, a special licence was approved and Hannah now helps other families facing similar battles.

Deepak Anand

Deepak Anand is a leading expert in the emerging cannabis space. Based in Canada, he sits on various advisory boards offering expertise in areas such as compliance and the future of medical cannabis. He is the co-founder of Materia Ventures, a strategic supplier and distributor of high-quality medical cannabis and CBD products to the burgeoning European market.

Navdeep Dhaliwal  

Navdeep Dhaliwal is an impact entrepreneur, investor and financier, with interests in industries including tech, renewable energy and cannabis. He believes that cannabis legalization will have a positive impact socially, medically and as a recreational product. He is CEO of The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. a Canadian company providing high-quality cannabis products.

Andrea Paine

Andrea Paine is National Director of Government Relations at Aurora Cannabis, a listed, high-profile Canadian medical cannabis producer. Her career spans work at the most senior federal and provincial government levels, as well as being a candidate in three federal elections, and managing election campaigns. She is leading collaborative government relations efforts in Europe for Aurora and should provide invaluable insights at Cannabis Europa.

Mark Reinders

The massive potential of hemp as an affordable, sustainable, multi-faceted industrial product is only just being rediscovered after decades of neglect. From rope to canvas to clothes, hemp was a vital and abundant crop, grown by the likes of George Washington. Mark Reinders is at the vanguard of the reborn industry as the CEO of HempFlax, one of the world’s top hemp producers and leaders in returning this age-old crop to its former glories.

Steve Barron

Steve Barron has had a varied, and fascinating career to date, and his talk at Cannabis Europa should prove captivating. He directed classic 90s films including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Coneheads and music videos including the mighty A-ha’s Take on Me. More recently, Steve has put his talents towards pioneering research and development of bioplastics from industrial hemp from his Margent Farm in Cambridgeshire.

His farm is promoting sustainable living via the use of corrugated hemp fibres – a versatile bioproduct that could make a real impact to manufacturing and construction. In conjunction with the University of Cambridge, Stee established Margent Farm to explore the ability of industrial hemp to revolutionise construction with its adaptable and highly efficient properties.

Margent Farm was recently revealed as one of the Green Heroes for 2019 at Grand Designs Live.

The farmhouse will be open for events in the summer and they will also be producing an exciting wellness range of high quality, organic products developed with their in-house herbalist, The Herball.

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