Wayne Hall is a Professor at the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland and a Professor at the National Addiction Centre, Kings College London.  He was formerly: Director of CYSAR (2014-2016) and NHMRC Australia Fellow at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research and the University of Queensland Brain Institute (2009-2014). He has advised the World Health Organization on: the health effects of cannabis use; the effectiveness of drug substitution treatment; the contribution of illicit drug use to the global burden of disease; and the ethical implications of genetic and neuroscience research on addiction.

This paper gives a brief history of how medical and recreational cannabis use have been legalised in the USA  and describes how recreational cannabis use is being regulated in 8 states in the USA, Uruguay and Canada. I explain why it is too early to evaluate the full impacts of cannabis legalisation. I then describe the development of new more potent cannabis products, innovations in how they are being marketed, and changes in how cannabis businesses are being financed that raise concerns about future adverse public health impacts. I speculate on how these developments may affect patterns of cannabis use after legalisation and use policy experiences with alcohol and tobacco to make some cautious predictions about the likely future effects of legalisation on public health.

 Tuesday 19 March, 2019
Time: 1 – 2pm
Venue: Room 113, Level 1, School of Public Health Building (887), 288 Herston Road, Herston

Livestream: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/208992401
Contact: med.research.sph@uq.edu.au

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