Progress never happens by default.
That’s why our members joined.

What we do

The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis has a formidable in-house mix of medical expertise, political nous and analytical skills that our members can depend on to bring about positive reform. We’re also very well-connected indeed. 

In 2018, our founders ran the successful campaign to legalise medicinal cannabis. We’re now making further progress, one victory at a time. When you’ve read more about the work we do, consider applying for CMC membership.

Your representation in the corridors of power

Achieving even modest shifts in policy – let alone the substantial changes that we aspire to make – demands in-depth knowledge of the workings of both Westminster and Whitehall. Having access to decision-makers on the inside is equally important. We meet both criteria. With our proven expertise, strategic advice and ability to engage with those who matter, it’s no coincidence that we’ll shortly be hosting the UK’s first All Party Parliamentary Group for the Cannabinoid Industry.

We inform and unite

We don’t believe that those working in the sector should be doing so in isolation. Which is why we host unmissable networking events featuring exceptional speakers and panelists. In 2021, for example, we hosted the inaugural UK Medicinal Cannabis Summit in partnership with NICE and NIHR.

Superbly well-connected

We’re in regular contact with senior officials in every relevant Government department and agency. Our public policy analyses have made us the natural choice for politicians to engage and consult with. Groups we’ve met, and will continue to meet, include:

  • The Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform

  • The Home Office’s THC consultation

  • The Government Chemist’s ring trial

We get the word out there

Just as our expertise in our field is recognised by legislators and doctors, the media also appreciate the importance of hearing from those able to speak with authority. We have regular dialogue with respected print, broadcast and online media, and trade journals. We’re also active across our numerous social media channels.

We’re the first to know and the first to explain

Being analysts and strategists, we find and illuminate the trends shown in current data. Which means the latest analysis is always at our fingertips. And therefore at the fingertips of our membership, too. This ensures we’re authoritative and strategically sound, producing reports such as our Green Shoots: Sowing the Seeds of the New UK Cannabinoid Market (2021). We were also YouGov’s partner in the definitive report Left Behind: The Scale of Illegal Cannabis use for Medicinal Intent in the UK.

 

We’re always up to date

One of the complications of attempting to bring about change in the medicinal sector is that new and amended regulations can appear at any time. To prevent our members from being blindsided by these or other unforeseen rulings, we’re in continual contact with bodies including:

  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)

  • The Home Office

  • The Office of the Prime Minister

We help the sector find financial support

Investment in businesses within the sector is vital for the success of both the companies themselves and the industry as a whole. There may, however, be reasons why some will find the process of securing such investment harder than necessary. To counteract those, we’re setting up the Investors’ Forum.

Our team

They’re formidable enough as individuals. But we have the entire set.

The CMC can draw on a diverse and complimentary range of skills. It’s a combination that’s enabled us to achieve the victories we’ve had so far. And it’s the reason we’ll have more in the future.

Dr. Daniel Couch

MEDICAL ADVISOR

Dr Couch is a fully registered specialist registrar in General Surgery working in the UK with 14 years clinical experience. After completing his PhD in cannabinoid pharmacology, he has gone onto speak internationally on cannabinoid medicine and policy. Author of 15 scientific publications featuring those on the role of cannabinoids in health & disease, Dr Daniel Couch has a special interest in cannabinoid medicine, clinical research and policy development

Dr. Parveen Bhatarah

COMPLIANCE & REGULATORY ADVISOR

Dr Bhatarah has over 20 years’ experience within the international pharmaceutical industry & regulatory environment. She has 12 years’ experience in the Medicinal Cannabis industry, covering everything from cultivation to FDA approval of finished medicinal products, and has expertise in product development for clinical trials, commercial launch, technology transfer and manufacture

Dr. Andy Yates

PHARMACY ADVISOR

Dr Yates has over 20 years’ pharma and biotech experience working in the R&D, medical affairs, commercial, business development and strategy functions. He has extensive experience in all aspects of medicine development programmes including 3 cannabinoid based medicines. Andy is a UK pharmacist who received his PhD in cannabinoid medicinal chemistry from the University of Nottingham

Steve Moore

STRATEGIC COUNSEL

Steve is the cofounder of Centre for Medicinal Cannabis, Association for the Cannabinoid Industry and think tank VolteFace. He was formerly Chief Executive of the Big Society Network which is launched with then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010. Steve provided public affairs counsel to Channel 4 from 2004-2010 He is currently Chair of sustainability branding agency Earth Strategies, strategic counsel to the Design and Arts Copyright Society and the Big Tent Foundation. Steve writes on politics and society for Reaction

Victoria Logan

EVENTS & COMMUNICATIONS

Victoria has always had a connection to plant medicines and alternative therapies through her training, teachings and lifestyle as a yoga teacher, and currently teaches yoga using cannabinoids She strives to change the stigma around using cannabis as a self care tool and its availability for everyone as a medicinal product. Her role at the CMC gives her the platform to create content, events, and educational platforms and discussions around how to change the narrative and legislation of CBMP’s in the UK

Laura Williamson

MEMBER MANAGER

Laura graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2020, after studying Nutrition for Global Health. Here she developed her passion for health and found an interest in the cannabinoid industry for both its medicinal and planetary health potential As member manager for the ACI/CMC Laura ensures that our members are kept up to date with all the work the ACI/CMC are doing while assisting with individual needs

Bill Griffin

MEDIA ADVISOR

In 2008 Bill had a medicinal need for cannabis. He had ‘challenges’ in getting a trustworthy supply and started to write about his experience in order to help others who found themselves in a similar position He was able to transition his skills into the emerging cannabis industry. He’s worked as a journalist and a research analyst covering cannabis medicinal and wellbeing markets in the UK and Europe. Bill has also published online, in trade publications (pharmacy, food, retail and cannabis) and in mainstream UK newspapers

Joanna Sexton

MEMBER ASSISTANT

Joanna is at the forefront of engagement and establishing communications with new members, and maintaining existing relationships with current members After many years studying and traveling, she has developed a keen interest in women’s health within the medicinal cannabis sector, and encourages women to use cannabinoids as part of their daily routine Joanna uses natural cannabinoids within her own yoga and martial arts practice, and holds a deep understanding of natural plant derived medicines and alternative therapies

Tom Risby

POLICTICAL INTERN

Tom graduated from Durham University in 2021, studying Philosophy and Psychology with particular interests in applied ethics and political psychology He joins as a political intern committed to cannabis policy development that creates strong and enduring change that benefits the many

Considering CMC membership?

Become a member of the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis, and you’ll be in very good company indeed.

To enquire about membership email joanna@thecmcuk.org.

Existing members enjoying the benefits of our research, communications, political activities, PR and networking events include:

News & Knowledge

The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis has a formidable in-house mix of medical expertise, political nouse and analytical skills that our members can depend on to bring about positive reform. We’re also very well-connected indeed. 

In 2018, our founders ran the successful campaign to legalise medicinal cannabis. We’re now making further progress, one victory at a time.

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