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Michael Backes  

Author of the all-time bestselling book about medical marijuana: "Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana" (Hachette), co-inventor of the first US patent for a cannabis plant containing THC, expert on cannabis policy and science.

Michael Backes specializes in cannabis science and policy issues at a southern California consultancy, which maintains clients throughout the United States and Europe. Cannabis Pharmacy has been the #1 bestselling book on Amazon about medical cannabis since its publication. Its second edition is being published by Hachette in early 2017. Backes previously founded the first evidence-based medical cannabis dispensary. In 2015 as its co-inventor, Backes was awarded the first US patent ever granted for a cannabis plant containing THC. Backes is active with Project CBD, a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabis molecule), the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and is a member of the American Herbal Products Association's Cannabis Committee. He lives in Southern California.

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