Philippe Lucas MA is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia and a founding Board member of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies Canada and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Additionally, in 1999 Philippe founded the Vancouver Island Compassion Society, one of Canada’s longest running non-profit medical cannabis dispensaries. His research interests, projects and publications include the therapeutic use of cannabis, Canada’s federal medical cannabis program, and the use of cannabis, ibogaine, and ayahuasca in the treatment of addiction. Currently, he is a Primary or Co-Investigator on a number of studies examining cannabis substitution theory, and Coordinator and Co-Investigator of an observational study of ayahuasca-assisted treatment for addiction and stress. Philippe has testified before the Canadian Senate and House of Commons on cannabis-related issues, advised the Israeli Ministry of Health on their medical cannabis program, given court expert testimony before the BC Supreme Court, and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on medical cannabis and drug policy reform.