Michelle  Dumay

Michelle Dumay

Michelle Dumay is the mother of a terminally ill child born with a rare brain abnormality that required removal of nearly half of her brain at birth. Experience as her daughter’s caregiver and medical advocate for more than 1200 appointments has allowed her to serve on patient advisory councils for two children’s hospital (Los Angeles and Phoenix) and one insurer (Mercy Care). As a trained chemist, she 1st turned to conventional-pharma for treatment of her daughter’s seizures. She then tried medicinal cannabis to mitigate her seizures. After some success Michelle wanted to petition her insurance companies for co-payment. Although federal Prohibition is a huge issue, she learned many medical cannabis dispensaries are not HIPAA-compliant and as such, cannot partner with insurance companies to serve cannabis patients. Working to solve her own problem and the looming problem of millions of cannabis-using patients, she entered into the world of cannabis governance, risk and compliance.