Jonathan Zaid is Founder and Executive Director of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) and a part-time Knowledge Integration student at the University of Waterloo. At the age of 14 in 2007, he was diagnosed with New Daily Persistent Headache, a rare neurological condition that causes constant head pain and insomnia.
After trying all available interventions to no avail, Jonathan finally gained some relief from medical cannabis. In 2014, Zaid was among the first to successfully advocate for medical cannabis insurance coverage and helped eliminate the fees Ontario-based physicians were charging patients for cannabis authorizations. In an effort to build on his work, Jonathan founded CFAMM to further improve the rights of Canadian medical cannabis patients.
Under Jonathan’s leadership, CFAMM has grown to be one of the most respected and vocal medical cannabis patient groups. Zaid currently sits as Chair of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council’s Patient Advisory Committee and is an editorial board member for “Using Medical Cannabis”, a quarterly medical cannabis publication.
Zaid is recognized as Canada’s leading industry expert on the cost-coverage of medical cannabis and other patient-related issues. He is widely seen advocating for patients’ rights at various conferences and panels and is frequently featured in television, radio, newspaper, and blog interviews.