Emily Rigby is a research scientist and passionate advocate for medicinal cannabis, promoting education, patient access, research, innovation, industry development, efficient production and regulatory reform.
Since 2016, Emily has played an integral role in developing the Australian medicinal cannabis industry, including establishing one of Australia’s first licensed medical cannabis cultivation and research facilities, and releasing Australian-grown cannabis medicines into local and export markets. Emily is also assisting in developing international cannabis industries.
Emily is a board member of the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association (AMCA) and a director at Protected Cropping Australia (PCA), Australia’s peak industry body for hydroponic and greenhouse growers. Emily was president of the Australian Society of Horticultural Science from 2017 to 2021 and is a 2016 Nuffield Australia Farming Scholar. She was recognised as Australia’s 2021 ‘Woman of Weed’ by the Australian Cannabis Awards for her contribution to female leadership in the cannabis space.
Emily has a diverse range of expertise including propagation and cultivation methods, facility design, licensing and regulatory compliance, strategic planning, patient access, education, marketing and research from plant to patient.
She is dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding the cannabis plant and facilitating the global cannabis industry.