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Announcing Staff, Mandate Etc For New Cannabis Science Inst.

By admin | December 16, 2008

The International Hempology 101 Society is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Miller as Executive Director, Blaine Lopes as Chief Financial Officer, Donna Furnival as Chief Science Officer and Kristen Mann as Administrative Assistant.

These individuals will be working in concert with the board of directors to create a research institute that will be incorporated in the fall of 2009. We will be hosting an open forum on Jan 13, 2009 at the University of Victoria. At that event we will be further introducing our new staff to the public while explain more details about the project.

The role of the Executive Director is to oversee the creation and incorporation of a new international, charitable, scientific institution. In preparation the ED will help develop educational campaigns while buildings relationships within the research community. The ED will work with various committees of the International Hempology 101 Society to maximize the potential benefits of volunteers.

The Chief Financial Officer will be primarily responsible for fundraising, promotions, grant writing, book-keeping and working with the auditor. A Fundraising Committee will be established by the board of directors which will focus upon channelling the energy and creativity of volunteers. Specific research programs may be formed if appropriate funding agencies can be found. It is our intention for this new group to be a Non-Governmental-Organization.

The Chief Science Officer will network within the scientific community to form an international team of cannabis researchers to review studies before publication while assisting compassion clubs in the collection of data. Assisting students, professors, scientists and journalists with current best practices in cannabis research methodology will generally improve the world’s knowledge of cannabis and its impact upon society.

The Administrative Assistant will provide basic communication networks for the public, members, scientists, students, staff, volunteers, media, policy makers, funding agencies and the board of directors to ensure speed, transparency, accuracy and optimal use of the group’s resources. This will entail everything from maintaining the web page to writing minutes from meetings to organizing the office space.

The following details the preliminary goals, etc. for the new organization.


Increasing awareness about cannabis, cannabis resin and the impacts of cannabis prohibition using multi-media scientific presentations.


1) To publish information on current scientific research into cannabis and its influence upon society. These publications would cover all cannabis related research, from cannabinoids to impairment, the effects of various cannabis products to international smuggling seizures.

2) To facilitate networking between scientists, doctors, regulatory experts, patients and cannabis specialists. By improving methods used in research together, the scientific community working with cannabis can produce consistent results for use in public policy and legal procedures.

3) To inform the public about current cannabis science with multi-media presentations.

4) To assist governments in the regulation of cannabis, cannabis resin and other cannabis products.

5) To encourage research into plant-based cannabis medicines and medical cannabis distribution models.


1) Publish peer-reviewed scientific cannabis journal twice a year.

2) Host conventions every other year in cities with strong scientific and/or activist communities.

3) Organize seminars highlighting current research trends and projects.

4) Help scientists develop research methodologies specific to the study of cannabis in order to produce the most accurate, useful results possible.

5) Establish relationships with the media to educate the public about research into cannabis. By creating an institution focused upon science, we want the media to approach the research institute when any research is published or when government policy concerning cannabis is introduced.

6) Provide research assistance to medicinal cannabis providers attempting to document the results from patients gaining access to the herb.

7) Produce literature for the general public and educational institutions that describe current scientific advancements in cannabis.

8) Maintain a website to bring stakeholders together by providing up-to-date reports on research techniques, new studies, scientist profiles, cannabis-based drug announcements and related legal developments.

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