OPHA Fall Forum - Cannabis in our Communities

Ontario is currently preparing for the legalization of recreational cannabis. What will this look like for public health and the communities they serve? Join us at The Ontario Public Health Association’s 2018 Fall Forum as we explore the changes and open up dialogue about what we will need to know.

View the Program Here Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain an understanding of the relevant federal and provincial legislation and areas where public health work will be impacted
  2. Learn from thought leaders and other jurisdictions about lessons learned and how we can protect the health of our communities
  3. Hear from experts in the field on a wide range of topics
  4. Build networks for collaboration with others involved in cannabis

Areas of Focus:

  • Surveillance/Health Assessment
  • Occupational/Environmental Health/Healthy Environments
  • Sale and Distribution
  • Ontario’s legalization regime
  • Public Health Role
  • Health Equity
What do we know about the health effects of cannabis? Tackle some popular myths and misconceptions and explore the facts around the health effects of cannabis. Learn about emerging health and safety topics such as: 
Second and third hand exposure 
Addictiveness and allergies 
Short and long-term effects
Dosage and toxicity, and confounding substances
Session speakers:
Pamela Kaufman Scientist, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Pamela Leece Public Health Physician, Public Health Ontario