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Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Health Malta
Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses Malta
The Hon. Dr. Christian Cardona has been Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses since 2013. During his tenure, the Minister introduced a number of bills that have made Malta more competitive by fostering an attractive business environment that generates investment. These include the manufacturing of medical cannabis and the family business act.
In 2016, he was elected as the Deputy Leader for Party Affairs of the Labour Party.
Member of Parliament, Malta Medicines Authority
Member of the European Parliament
Dr. Miriam Dalli is a Member of the European Parliament since 2014. Currently she is the Socialist and Democrats coordinator for the committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Security. Over the past four years, Miriam Dalli worked extensively on the public health sector. She was recognised as the MEP of the Year for Public Health in 2017. Dr.Dalli is also a member of the Industry Research and Energy Committee where she is actively involved in the Union’s industrial policy and related measures and the application of new technologies. As a Member of the European Parliament, Miriam Dalli has actively advocated for further investment in emerging sectors, urging the European Commission to especially allow for more funds towards research and development. A lawyer by profession, MEP Miriam Dalli holds an MBA, and MA in European Studies and a BA (Hons) Communications from the University of Malta.
CEO - Malta Enterprise
Kurt Farrugia was appointed Head of Government Communication and as the Prime Minister’s spokesperson in 2013.
Head Medical Cannabis Cluster - Malta Enterprise
Marion Zammit works in the Investment Promotion Department within Malta Enterprise, Malta’s economic development corporation. Marion holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Malta, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the same University.
Her career has included various positions in the advanced manufacturing sector, including quality, production processing, as well as logistics and supply chain. Marion has worked and gained experience in the Pharmaceutical Sector, both in manufacturing as well as sales and marketing. At Malta Enterprise, Marion has been tasked with supporting various sectors including Medical Cannabis, Pharma, and other projects of national interest. Over the past two years, Marion has been focusing specifically on the Medical Cannabis Sector, working very closely with all the stakeholders in order to ensure an effective roll-out of the strategy for this new ecosystem in the Maltese Economy.
CEO - CannaKids
Tracy Ryan is the CEO of CannaKids, a California based medical cannabis company, and Founder of the 501c3 SavingSophie.org. After her infant daughter’s brain tumor diagnosis in 2013, Tracy dedicated her life to helping patients who suffer from life altering ailments, with a focus on children. Now in full swing with pre-clinical human & humanized mouse model trials with one of the world’s leading cancer immunologists, it’s her mission to not only end the suffering of those inflicted by cancer, but also develop a cure her daughter.
Chair - The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society
Professor Mike Barnes is a neurologist who has focussed on cannabis medicine for several years. He was instrumental, with the family of Alfie Dingley, in changing the UK law to allow cannabis to be prescribed by UK doctors from November 2018. His focus now is on education of medical practitioners on cannabis medicine and in assisting with the development of the cannabis industry in the UK and Europe. He appears regularly in the media offering an opinion on cannabis issues and remains a key lobbying figure throughout Europe.
Medical Cannabis Campaigner
Hannah Deacon is mother to Alfie and Annie and partner to Drew. She works closely with Prof Mike Barnes on the issue of medical cannabis within the U.K. and also works with End Our Pain a campaign group who campaign for medical cannabis on prescription.
Alfie started having seizures at eight months old which progressively got worse with age. He was diagnosed with PCDH19 epilepsy at the age of 5. The only treatment which stopped Alfie’s seizure clusters was intravenous steroids, he was receiving up to 25 doses a month by the age of 5. This was not sustainable and would have eventually caused him organ failure and even death. Hannah, along with her family, took Alfie to Holland in 2017 to be treated by a Paediatric Neurologist with medical cannabis as a last-ditch attempt to save his life.
The medicine worked, but they came home in February 2018, as money had run out but without knowing how to get him his medicine in the UK. After a long fought four-month battle working alongside End Our Pain, Alfie’s doctor Prof Mike Barnes, was issued the first medical cannabis license in the UK on 19th June 2018 to enable him to prescribe the medication that Alfie had been given in Holland. On this day the Home Secretary also announced the review into medical cannabis. On 1st November 2018 the law was changed so full extract cannabis oil can be prescribed on the NHS. Alfie now has the first legal NHS prescription in the UK.
Alfie remains extremely well thanks to securing his prescription and enjoys a full and happy life.