Cannabis legalization and the effects on Parks and Recreation in Canada

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) held a webinar on Cannabis legalization and the effects on Parks and Recreation in Canada on Tuesday October 2, 2018

Presenters were:   Sheri Fandrey – SUSH member, Sport Medicine & Science Council of Manitoba, and Rebecca Haines-Saah - Health Sociologist and Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary    

This webinar provided information on:

  • How cannabis use affects sport performance and recreational activity,

  • How your cognitive and motor skills are affected,

  • About the myths associated with cannabis use in youth,

  • About what is a ‘public health’ approach to cannabis legalization

  • Provided tools and information for recreation and parks practitioners in Canada

View the video!

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Sheri Fandrey - Knowledge Exchange Lead, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and Member of the Substance Use in Sport and Health (SUSH) committee for Sport Medicine &Science Council of Manitoba.

Rebecca Haines-Saah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and I co-lead for the O’Brien Institute for Public Health’s, Population Health and Prevention Interest Group. Trained as a Health Sociologist, her research focuses on adolescent mental health and substance use through the lens of a critical public health approach that prioritizes harm reduction, social justice, and the lived experiences of persons that use drugs and/or live with mental illness. Since joining the University of Calgary as Faculty in early 2016, she has focused much of her research program on youth cannabis use and the public health policy implications of cannabis legalization in Canada. Her current projects also include qualitative and policy-focused research on parent advocacy for drug policy reform in the context of Canada’s opioid crisis, and on youth policy engagement for mental health promotion.