Understanding Marijuana: A look at the scientific findings, history and community impact, and equitable public health opportunities
Marijuana has been used for both medicinal and recreational purposes for a long time. Nevertheless, a full understanding of the effects of this plant on our health, and how to address the long-term residual consequences of its criminalization in our communities can remain elusive. As preparations and discussions are unfolding across California and other states around legalized adult use increasing an understanding of marijuana can assist with achieving desirable and equitable outcomes. Please join CA4Health for a Web Forum series co-hosted by Dialogue4Health to learn more about Marijuana and Our Health; Marijuana and Communities; and Marijuana and Public Health.
Marijuana and Our Health: What We Do and Don’t Know
This session will explore the scientific information available about the effects of marijuana use on our health, the challenges in getting a full picture, and how states that have legalized marijuana continue to research and monitor these effects.
Professor, College of Public Health
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Dr. Wallace is the Irene Ensminger Stecher Professor of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. He is particularly interested in the prevention and control of disabling chronic illnesses in older people. He served on the National Academy of Medicine, Health and Medicine Division’s committee that evaluated the…
Project Manager, Marijuana Health Monitoring and Research Program
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Dr. Vigil is a Preventive Medicine Physician working at the Colorado Department of Public Health leading the Marijuana Health Monitoring and Research Program.
The Marijuana Health Monitoring and Research Program:
- Monitors marijuana use patterns and potential health impacts in Colorado, using state and national surveys, hospitalization and emergency department…
Program Director, CA4Health
Public Health Institute
Susan Watson is currently the Program Director for the CA4Health community of practice. Previously, she was the manager for Public Health Institute’s Community Transformation Grant where she provided programmatic oversight for all strategic directions. Susan has over 17 years of experience in various sectors of public health that has included…