Media Alert - Medical Marijuana Discussed at CMA's 147th Annual Meeting in Ottawa

OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - More than 250 physician delegates from across the country will converge in Ottawa on Monday as the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 147th annual meeting gets underway.

Program highlights for Monday, Aug. 18:

8:30 am9:00 am EDT
Ceremonial Opening of General Council

9:00 am9:30 am EDT
Address by federal Minister of Health Rona Ambrose

10:00 am10:50 pm EDT
Keynote address: Social responsibility and the medical profession
Dr. Brian Goldman, CBC host of White Coat, Black Art

11:15 am12:20 pm EDT
Strategic session 1:  Social responsibility and the medical profession

1:45 – 3:05 pm EDT
Education session: Marijuana for medical purposes
This session will not be live streamed

News conference:


Monday, Aug. 18, 2014


1:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., Room 201


CMA President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti and Dr. Pierre Harvey, French spokesperson

Members of the media attending in person are asked to register at the media office upon arrival at the Ottawa Convention Centre (Room 203). Reporters may participate by teleconference by dialing 888-789-9572; code: 6462665 15 minutes prior to the start of the news conference. Instant replay: 905-694-9451 / 800-408-3053; code: 7709199

More details on the CMA's 147th General Council meeting can be found at:

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care. 


SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association

For further information: Lucie Boileau, Senior Advisor, Communications and Public Outreach, Canadian Medical Association, Tel.: 613-731-8610 | 800-663-7336 ext. 1266, Aug. 17-20, 2014: 613-288-9558, Cell: 613.447.0866,; Dominique Jolicoeur, Communications Officer, Canadian Medical Association, Tel.: 613-731-8610 | 800-663-7336 ext. 2038, Aug. 17-20, 2014: 613-288-9558, Cell: 613.809.5669,


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