My talk and slides from the 2019 CCIC Meeting are available here. My presentation addressed the need to use rigorous qualitative research methods as a strategy to ensure that we hear from people who use cannabis, especially youth and those who may be perceived as most ‘at-risk’ for negative outcomes that may be associated with their cannabis use. We learned from the TRACE project that listening to the voices of people who use cannabis is critical for how we approach the issue through a policy and treatment or intervention lens. Funding for qualitative research on cannabis use in the context of legalization in Canada should be a priority.
One cool thing I got to do in this talk was to acknowledge the community of qualitative cannabis researchers from across Canada, many of whom are people I have worked with and whose work continues to inspire me.
Along with many other of my Canadian colleagues, I make a brief appearance in an interview with Peter Sarosi from Drug Reporter, shot on location at the Stimulus harm reduction conference in Edmonton, October 3-5. Based in Hungary, Drug Reporter is part of the Rights Reporter Foundation and “promotes a drug policy respecting human rights and based on scientific evidence.”
You can view the video below, or on the Drug Reporter Facebook page (I show up towards the end at about the 7:20 mark with my little legalization and public health rant). You can also watch their longer interview with my colleague Jenna Valleriani from Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy on YoutTube here.
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:
Building on an event that took place this past winter, the University of Calgary has launched a video series on social media called “Clearing the Smoke.” This is part of the University’s Explore Cannabis web presence that was launched this spring.
As part of this initiative I also had a chance to collaborate with Dr. Matt Hill from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute on a UCalgary webinar, presenting on a topic we’ve tag-teamed on for a few different public talks: understanding the myths and misconceptions about what the research tells us about cannabis use and the adolescent brain and what the public health implications of cannabis legalization policy will be for young people. You can view a recording of the Youth and Cannabis Legalization webinar and access our presentation slides by quickly registering for access here. As someone who views myself as a public scholar it is great to see the UCalgary profiling this work and making it accessible to a broad audience. As we move closer to legalization in October it is clear that we still have so much work ahead of us in terms of helping people understand both the scientific and public health policy evidence that has informed cannabis legalization in Canada.