Monthly Archives: January 2018

How to talk with your kids about cannabis use after legalization

As someone who works in research and public health policy on adolescent cannabis use something that I get asked to speak about frequently is what parents should tell their kids about using cannabis once it becomes legal. In this interview with David Gray from the EyeOpener morning show on CBC Radio Calgary I provide practical advice on how to talk to kids and teens about cannabis as many parents are scrambling for a way to talk to kids other than the old standby of “it’s illegal, don’t do it!”. I also explain why we don’t need to panic about a sudden rise in prevalence of use among young people post-legalization and what to look for if you are worried about problematic use.

“Prevention science is still developing. Two sort of baseline things that we know from the evidence is that the earlier that you start, the more likely that you’ll have problems later on in a trajectory of problems with other substances. It’s all about delaying use as long as possible.”

Listen: How to talk to your kids about pot

Want to know more? Here’s more from me on how to talk to your kids:
How to talk to your teen about cannabis
(Lift News – June 29, 2017)
Teens are Seeking Credible info on Marijuana Before Legalization
(Charles Adler Tonight – October 27, 2017)
Talking to your kids about the upcoming legalization of marijuana
(CJME Radio 980 – January 11, 2018)

Cannabis & Public Health: Forum Highlight Video

In May of 2017 I was the lead co-organizer of the public forum Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Implications for Public Health in Alberta, along with Peter Fenwick from the Canadian College of Health Leaders (Southern Alberta Chapter). The Forum was the first province-wide event to focus on cannabis and public health and attracted researchers, decision-makers, health professionals, as well as members of the public, medical cannabis users, and people working in or with the cannabis industry. I produced this highlight video to capture the best of the day, and all of the speaker talks and panels are posted on the O’Brien Institute for Public Health’s YouTube channel.

Event Program & Speaker Bios
Summary & Speaker Slides

Thanks to the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, The Canadian College of Health Leaders – Southern Alberta Chapter, the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and to Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- Prairie Node, for providing support for this event.