Thursday, 4 October 2018

UBC experts available for comment on cannabis legalization

Canada will legalize non-medical cannabis on October 17, 2018, the second nation in the world to do so, and the first G7 nation. UBC experts are available for comment on several topics related to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada.

Jeff Brubacher
Department of Emergency Medicine

  • Monitoring and preventing drug-impaired driving

Rielle Capler
Researcher, BC Centre for Substance Use

  • Medical cannabis use and policy
  • Cannabis use and youth
  • Cannabis use and driving

Mina Hoorfar
School of Engineering

Emily Jenkins
School of Nursing
Tel: 604-822-4980

  • Young people and cannabis use
  • Setting the legal age for access to cannabis in Canada 

Raymond W. Lam
Department of Psychiatry

  • Implications of cannabis legalization on youth and young adults

M-J Milloy
Department of Medicine
BC Centre on Substance Use
Please arrange interview via Kevin Hollett, communications lead for BC Centre on Substance Use, 778-918-1537 or

  • Recreational cannabis: trends, effects, harms
  • Cannabis regulation and legalization
  • Possible therapeutic aspects of cannabis for pain, addiction and HIV

*Limited availability due to travel

Susan Murch
Department of Chemistry, Okanagan campus
Tel: 250-807-9566

  • Plant growth
  • Plant chemistry
  • CBD
  • THC

Michelle Thiessen
PhD student, clinical psychology

  • Cannabis and mental health
  • Adolescent substance use
  • Cannabis and pain management

Zach Walsh
Department of Psychology, Okanagan campus
Cell: 778-821-1555

  • Addiction, marijuana

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