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Public lecture series

We have at least two Public Lectures a year, inviting prominent scientists to give a lecture for the scientifically interested public. We attract usually between 300 and 500 people. After the lecture there is also an opportunity for audience members to meet the speaker on the premises of the Science College at a reception organized by the students. The audience consists of students, academics and mainly interested members of the public.

Upcoming lectures

The morning after marijuana legalization: What can we learn from neuroscience research?

By Dr. Mary C. Olmstead

TIME: October 18, 2018, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m

Oscar Peterson Concert Hall Concordia University 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

Recently, Canada became one of the few countries to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes. The debate surrounding marijuana legalization has been in the spotlight in Canada and most westernized countries. Proponents of legalization frequently point out the huge social, economic, political and law enforcement costs related to the “war on drugs’. Now it is time to use science to answer some of the questions relating to the use of cannabis. Some pertinent questions are; Is marijuana a gateway drug? Is cannabis worse than alcohol? Are teenagers vulnerable to the effects of marijuana? Is cannabis addictive? Dr. Olmstead will discuss the long-term impact of cannabis use on brain function. Although we don’t have all the answers to these questions yet, Dr. Olmstead will explain that continued neuroscience research should inform the development of guidelines for recreational marijuana use in the future


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