Category Archives: Media Appearances

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┬áCanada’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)

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)