Science College Lecture: The morning after marijuana legalization — what can we learn from neuroscience research?
Concordia University Science College presents: The morning after marijuana legalization: What can we learn from neuroscience research?
A lecture by Mary C. Olmstead, Ph.D. Queen’s University
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 that to use science to answer to 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.
Free admission, no advance reservations.