Health Care Law Expert to Deliver Hartman Lecture

Alice P. Mead specializes in issues around production of medicinal cannabis

Alice Mead

OXFORD, Miss. – Alice P. Mead, senior adviser for Greenwich Biosciences, will deliver the annual Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture on Friday (March 5) via Zoom webinar.

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is hosting the free virtual event at noon, and the Zoom link can be found at

Mead, whose work focuses on domestic and international drug control laws and policy issues affecting cannabis, will present “Is There A Future For Cannabis-based Medicines?”

“We are very fortunate to have Alice Mead deliver this year’s Hartman Lecture,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “Her expertise and experience will provide a unique insight, as cannabis research and usage expands in the health care landscape.”

From 1999 through 2019, Mead served as vice president of U.S. public policy and public affairs for GW Pharmaceuticals and its U.S. subsidiary, Greenwich Biosciences. GW Pharmaceuticals is one of the first companies to develop cannabis-derived medications as prescription products in adherence to modern scientific and regulatory standards for pharmaceutical products.

Mead received her Juris Doctor from University of Santa Clara School of Law and her Master of Law from Yale University. She served 12 years as an in-house counsel to the California Medical Association, one of the largest state medical associations in the country.

Previously, Mead was a litigation associate at a global law firm and an assistant professor of law at Arizona State University College of Law, where she taught courses in constitutional law.

The Hartman Lecture was established at Ole Miss in 1973 to honor the late Charles W. Hartman, who was dean of the pharmacy school from 1961 until his death in 1970. Former lecturers include American Board of Medical Specialties President and CEO Lois Margaret Nora, former Mississippi Gov. William F. Winter and two former U.S. senators, Thad Cocharan and Trent Lott.