EUROPA STAGE – 15:45-16:45

  • What impact would a European Parliament resolution to regulate medical cannabis have on member states?
  • What is the role of each level of government in promoting and ensuring responsible drug policy reform?
  • How can we facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice between policy makers in Europe?
  • How will the outcome of the WHO’s review into the international scheduling of cannabis affect government stances on the drug in Europe and worldwide?
  • Could France’s regulation of medical cannabis (alongside Germany and the UK) ‘tip the scales’ of medical cannabis access in Europe?
  • With public opinion in favour of medical cannabis across the majority of Europe, what is holding back governments from reform?

CHAIR: Benjamin-Alexandre Jeanroy

Benjamin-Alexandre Jeanroy is a former consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Panama and Laos. As a co-founder of the think tank ECHO, Benjamin focuses his work on drug policy reform in France. Benjamin graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE).


Ludovic Mendes

Born into a working class family, Ludovic Mendes grew up and studied in Metz. He worked as a sales manager in Metz, Lille, Lyon and Paris. Between 2012 and 2015, Mr. Mendes became an entrepreneur and learned about the business environment in France. Within the Assemblée Nationale, he is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the European Affairs Committee, where he operates as the political coordinator for La République En Marche.


Raquel Peyraube

Raquel Peyraube is a Uruguayan Medical Doctor specialised in Endocannabinology. She is the founder and current president of the Uruguayan Society of Endocannabinology (SUEN) and a Board Member of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM). She has been ad hoc advisor of Uruguay’s National Board on Drugs (SND) and the Institute of Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA) of Uruguay, and actively participated in the elaboration of the law that regulates cannabis.


Guillaume Balas

Guillaume Balas has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014. Mr Balas is a member of the Committees on Employment and Social Affairs, and on Environment, Public Health, and Food Security. It is in context of the latter that he and other MEPs tabled a resolution to regulate medical cannabis in the European Parliament. The resolution, which was due to be voted in December 2018, was postponed until 2019.


Eric Correia

Eric Correia is President of the Grand Guéret Agglomeration Community, and Regional Councilor of the New Aquitaine Region in charge of Cultural Rights, Innovation and Creative Economy.

Mr. Correia is working to make the Creuse a testing ground for the production of medical cannabis in France. He believes that legalising the production of medical cannabis will allow French patients access to a safer product than what is available on the black market, and would revive the region’s economic activity.

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