A selection of public and research talks I have given on cannabis legalization, public health, and youth education and prevention. I’m not posting slides because of experiences with people stealing my content (boo), but if you’re interested in seeing a particular talk please reach out.

Public Talks

2017, March 24. “Clearing the Smoke: Cannabis, the Brain, and Public Health” (Co-Presenter, with Dr. Matt Hill). Think Big: A Night Out with Your Brain. Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Calgary Public Library, Calgary, AB.

2010, March: “Let’s Talk About Teens & Marijuana” (Panelist). Café Scientifique, UBC Celebrate Research Week, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Vancouver, BC.

Invited Talks & Keynotes

2017, October 20.  “Cannabis legalization: Policy parameters and considerations  for Family Courts in Alberta.” Fall Conference for Alberta Provincial Court Judges. Banff, AB.

2017, March 04. “Cannabis Policy 101 – What you need to know.” Alberta Society of Human Toxicology Annual Meeting, Canmore, AB.

2016, October 21. “Cannabis Legalization in Canada – Implications for acute, addiction and mental health services.” Alberta Health Services, Patient Advisory Councils Annual Forum, Edmonton, AB.

2016, September 16. “Cannabis Legalization in Canada.” Alberta Health Services, Mental Health and Addictions Strategic Clinical Network, Patient Advisory Council, Edmonton, AB.


2018, February 14. “Youth and Cannabis Legalization Considerations for Public Health and Prevention.” Cannabis Webinar Series, Canadian Public Health Association.

2017, September 18. Cannabis legalization in Canada: An introduction and implications for social work practice Alberta.  Alberta Health Services, Social Work Provincial Practice Council.

2014, November: “Understanding and Addressing Adolescent Marijuana and Tobacco Co-Use.”  Clean Air Coalition of BC, British Columbia Ministry of Health.


2018, February 06. “Clearing the Smoke.” University of Calgary – Cannabis Townhall Forum, Calgary, AB.

2018, January 14. “Beyond cannabis: Reimagining Drug Laws.” LIFT Cannabis Expo, Vancouver, BC.

2017, October 30.  “Preventing Cannabis Related Harms Among Young People in Ontario.” Youth and Cannabis: Implications for Legalization in Ontario, Pine River Institute, Toronto, ON.

2017, June 08. “Controversial Prescribing: What’s a Doc to do?” 51st Annual Mackid Lecture, Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

2016, June 23: “Kids and Drugs: What parents need to know.” Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse, Prairie Node, Calgary, AB.

2016, November 01. “Marijuana, Mental Health and the Teenage Brain.” The Mathison Series in Youth Mental Health. The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

2016, March 11. “Myth Busting:  What the research actually says about the effects of cannabis use during adolescence.” Canadian Centre on Substance Use, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Calgary, AB.

Departmental Presentations & Rounds

2017, May 17. “Cannabis Legalization in Canada – An introduction.” MC4 Community Advisory Group, Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education, University of Calgary.

2017, February 21. “Cannabis Policy 101 – What you need to know.” Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary.

2017, May 18. “Cannabis – Risks, Benefits & Knowledge Gaps in the Context of Legalization in Canada.” (Co-Presenter with Dr. Tom Noseworthy). Resident Spring Conference, Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

2016, March 04: “Understanding and Addressing Adolescent marijuana and Tobacco Co-use: Qualitative Findings from B.C.’s TRACE Project.” Friday Seminar Series, The O’Brien Institute for Public Health & the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary.

Continuing Medical and Professional Education

2017, September 11. “Cannabis legalization in Canada: An introduction and implications for school-based mental health.” Alberta Health Services, School-Based Mental Health Teams.

2017, April 19. “Current Landscape & Experience of Cannabis Use in Canada.”  Cannabis – Implications for Health. Understanding Its Uses, Risks, and Benefits. Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Academic Conferences

Haines-Saah RJ, Jenkins EJ, Mitchell S. (2017, November). TRACE V: Engaging Parents in the Cannabis Conversation. Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, Calgary, AB.

Haines-Saah RJ (2017, August). Let’s not panic (again) : Cannabis legalization, public health and youth prevention in Canada. Making alcohol and other drug realities’: The Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Helsinki, Finland.

Haines-Saah RJ (2017, April 25). No Need to Panic: Youth Cannabis Education and Prevention in Canada. Enviros – Shifting Perspectives, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB.