Yesterday during a live radio interview @zackhewitt asked me something no journalist has before – if I was sad about the situation we are facing for harm reduction in Calgary. This was a tipping point for me – my voice broke and the tears flowed.
As I said: My tears are nothing. They’re really not enough. They’re just an expression of how frustrated I am. What I feel is nothing compared to the grief of people I know whose loved ones have died. And the peers who are doing the work of keeping people alive, day in and day out.
I wish I had more hope. Right now I just don’t.
— Rebecca’s tweets aren’t confrontational. (@RebeccaSaah) July 11, 2019
Listen to the full interview from NewsTalk 770 Calgary here:
I spoke to Solomon Israel of the The Leaf Cannabis News (Winnipeg Free Press) about the new labels for cannabis products that will take effect when edibles become legal on October 17, 2019.
I have a lot of interest in this topic, as along with my colleagues I have written about the potentially stigmatizing effects of graphic health warning labels on tobacco products, as well as ethnographic research we carried out with people in Vancouver who told us these warnings have little impact in their smoking behaviors or intentions to quit.
I was a guest on CBC Radio’s lunch hour show Alberta@Noon along with Jeff Mooji from 420 Premium Markets, one of two retail cannabis stores that will be open on October 17. We took questions from callers on the phone, via email and Twitter on the question, “Will you use marijuana once it becomes legal on October 17th?”
The Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids has now posted videos of many of the talks from their annual meeting this past April in Toronto on their education platform website: cciceducation.com
There were so many great speakers spanning the domains of basic science, medical use, regulation and public health. I really enjoyed my first time attending this conference because it brought together diverse perspectives and speakers. I highly recommend these presentations from some of my cannabis and public health colleagues: