Monthly Archives: February 2018

CPHA Webinar: Youth and cannabis legalization

Last year I became involved with a project from the Canadian Public Health Association on, “A Public Health Approach to Cannabis (and Other Substances): Prevention, Health Promotion, Surveillance, and Capacity Building”.  With funding from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program, the focus of this work is to support a public health approach to cannabis and to engage with health, public health and social service communities to enhance their knowledge of, and capacity to address issues related to cannabis and other substance use. In addition to hosting knowledge mobilization activities in communities across the country and carrying out a survey of health and social service providers’ information needs about cannabis, the CPHA is hosting a webinar series on cannabis and public health. The goal of these webinars is to ensure that public health, health and social service providers in Canada are prepared to respond to the needs of people who use cannabis and to provide unbiased and non-judgmental support and advice.

The next webinar is on March 8, “Legalizing cannabis – Clearing the Smoke” from Dr. Elaine Hyshka from the University of Alberta. You can register here.


How can legalizing cannabis promote public health?

There is a great deal of current debate about whether or not legalizing cannabis will ‘protect’ public health. In this segment from CBC Radio Calgary’s the Homestretch, I spoke to Rob Brown about the public health approach that is informing Canada’s approach to legalization, what it is, where it differs from ‘medical’ perspectives and why it is the best option for reducing the potential for problematic use or the harms associated with cannabis use.

Listen: Marijuana and public health

Want to read more? Check out these reports and links:
Cannabis use in Canada: the need for a ‘public health’ approach (Fischer & Rehm, 2009)
Cannabis Policy Framework (CAMH, 2014)
A vision for cannabis regulation: a public health approach based on lessons learned from the regulation of alcohol and tobacco (Haden & Emerson, 2014)
A Public Health Approach to the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Cannabis (CPHA, 2017)