I am a Canadian cannabis policy researcher and today we're celebrating the second anniversary of legalization in Canada and launching a new survey on young people's perception of public education efforts. AMA about cannabis in Canada!
On October 17th 2018 the Canadian Federal government legalized and regulated recreational cannabis in Canada. We're only the second country to do so after Uruguay. Since then its been a hell of a ride.
I'm Dr. Daniel Bear, and I'm a Professor at Humber College in Toronto. I've been studying drugs policy since 2003 when I started a chapter of Students for Sensible Drugs Policy at UC Santa Cruz, and since then I've worked at the ACLU on drugs issues, studied terminally ill patients growing their own cannabis, spent a year alongside police while they targeted drug in the UK, written about racial disproportionality in drugs policing, and worked on the worlds largest survey about small-scale cannabis growing.
Today my team is launching a new project to explore how young people in Canada engage with public education information about cannabis and I thought it'd be a great opportunity to answer any questions you have about cannabis and how legalization is working in Canada.
I'll be answering questions starting at 4:20ET.
You can take the perceptions of cannabis public education survey here. For every completed survey we're going to donate $0.50, up to $500, to Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy our partners on this great project. You can also enter to win a $100 gift card if you take the survey. And, we're also doing focus groups and pay $150 in gift cards for two hours of your time.
If you grow cannabis anywhere in the world, you can take part in a survey on small-scale growing here.
I've invited other cannabis experts in Canada to join the conversation so hopefully you'll see them chime in to offer their insights too.
If you like this conversation you can follow me at @ProfDanBear on Twitter.
EDIT 8:06pm ET: Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for the great questions. I'm going to step away now but I'll come back to check in over the next couple of days if there are any additional questions. I couldn't have enjoyed this anymore and I hope you did too. Please make sure to take our survey at www.cannabiseducationresearch.ca or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram where we go by @cannabisedu_. On behalf of the entire research team, thank you for your support. Regards, Daniel