Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah, Honorable Bill Blair, Dr. Emily Jenkins Photo Credit: Adrian Shellard

Federal Funding for Cannabis Research

22 May 2019

Over the last decade, Dr. Emily Jenkins and her colleague Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah at the University of Calgary have been conducting research into youth and cannabis use and leading the way for youth-centered harm reduction approaches (see "You Can't Chain a Dog on a Porch" and "Developing harm reduction in the context of youth substance use"). Their next research project is one among three UCalgary-based projects that will receive part of the $24.5 million that CIHR has appointed for cannabis research as announced on May 22 by the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas, Minister of Health.

This project will build tools to reduce the potential harms of cannabis use among youth, and it will be doing that in partnership with the youths themselves. “We are excited to continue to bring youth voice to the table and to learn from young peoples’ expertise about how to better design cannabis programming that is responsive to their substance use contexts,” Emily says.

For more on the funding and details about the project, please read the news release from the University of Calgary.

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(both stories via Bill Kaufmann, Postmedia News)