Marijuana: The Latest Scientific Findings and Legalization
The Leadership Studio, Kresge Building, 10th Flr
48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass.
Fri., Mar. 24, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Legal marijuana is here: California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada became the latest states to legalize recreational marijuana, bringing to 28 the number of states that have okayed the drug for medicinal use, recreational use, or both. Even more states have rules that allow certain kinds of cannabis extracts to be used for medical purposes. At the same time that state legalization is increasing, the Trump administration is signaling that it may ramp up enforcement of federal drug laws, even when they come into conflict with state laws allowing recreational marijuana use. State and local governments may find themselves on uncertain legal ground. Meanwhile, policymakers navigating this new landscape are also working largely without the benefit of a solid foundation of scientific evidence on the drug’s risks and benefits. In fact, a new National Academies report describes notable gaps in scientific data on the short- and long-term health effects of marijuana. What do we know about the health impacts of marijuana, and what do we still need to learn? This Forum brings together researchers studying marijuana’s health impacts with policymakers who are working to implement new laws in ways that will benefit and protect public health.
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Organization/Sponsor: The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health presented jointly with The Huffington Post
Speaker(s): EXPERT PARTICIPANTS, Andrew Freedman, Co-Founder and Partner, Freedman & Koski; former Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado, Staci Gruber, Director, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core; Director, Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery, McLean Hospital, Marie McCormick, Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Chair, Committee that published Health Effects of Marijuana: An Evidence Review and Research Agenda, Vaughan Rees, Lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and addiction specialist, MODERATOR, Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post, and an MSNBC contributor
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