As we move steadily towards widespread legalization and distribution of cannabis, how can we learn more when setting policies?
Here’s a webinar, featuring a rear-view mirror look at what happened when pot became legal in Colorado, and in BC when liquor laws were loosened.

Wednesday, October 25th from 9:00-10:30 am PT. 

But the burning question on so many people’s minds right now, is what will happen when marijuana is finally legalized.  Are there healthier public policy approaches we can take that will reduce harms as marijuana goes mainstream?  Can we learn anything about access, pricing and regulation from alcohol? . . .
. . . Dr. Tista Ghosh is the Medical Health Officer of Colorado, one of the first two states in the USA to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  She will share some of the lessons they learned and provide some advice on how public health can respond and inform policy as marijuana is legalized.
Dr. Tim Stockwell will speak about the recent loosening of alcohol laws in BC and the impact it has had on public health as well as some of the pricing measures that can reduce excessive consumption.

Thanks to the BC Alliance for Healthy Living.


  1. I smoked. I inhaled. I don’t smoke anything anymore. I am intolerant of anyone who does. Smoke is smoke whether it’s brown or pink.
    Ex-smokers really are the worst kind.

  2. I haven’t used cannabis in 15 years, but it’s horrifying to think I could have been saddled with a criminal record for an activity that harms no one.
    It is criminal that so many Canadians have been put through the legal wringer. So many have profited – lawyers, police, jail staff – have made careers out of this persecution. It is bullying, pure and simple. They all drink alcohol. Many of them smoke.
    One of this number made his living going after “gangs”, and is parlaying this piece of his resume to go into politics. I find that reprehensible.
    Using drugs should not be a crime.
    There needs to be a truth and reconciliation process. People suffered at the hands of these bullies. It is a shameful history and it’s not over. There should be reparations.

  3. The PM’s own brother was charged with pot possession back in the bad old bullying days of 1998. It took the intervention of his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, to make the charges disappear (see ‘Me and Michael Trudeau’, by Mark Bonokoski).
    It took criminal interference with justice, according to Bonokoski, by the holder of the highest political office in the land; someone who had the power to impose martial law in 1970, to get his son off the hook.
    Meanwhile, there have been 15,000 charges to Canadians for pot possession since Justin took power. 75,000 just in 2013.
    That is vile, hypocritical, criminal bullying.

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