Post-conference workshops

Cannabis Legalization Workshop

Friday, May 18th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of the processes of cannabis legalization, undertaken in the U.S. states of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska, in the country of Uruguay and coming soon here in Canada.

  • Beau Kilmer of RAND will talk about choosing amongst models of legalization, their strengths and weaknesses;
  • Clay Mosher of Washington State University will talk about the experience to date in Washington state;
  • Jenna Valleriani of the BC Centre on Substance Abuse will talk about legal and illegal cannabis markets in Canada;
  • Neil Boyd will talk about Canada’s upcoming legislation, Bill C-45, its strengths and weaknesses and possible impacts.

Each of our four speakers will only take up about 10 minutes, ensuring that most of this two hour session will involve a dialogue and discussion of the many issues that surround the legalization of cannabis.

Early Career Researchers’ Workshop: Getting Your Work Published

Friday, May 18th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Join us for this free workshop with three well-established international academics from Drug and Alcohol Review, International Journal of Drug Policy, and Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, as they consider and discuss key issues and processes in academic publishing.

This two hour session will focus on the publishing process: what to consider before submitting to a journal, choosing an appropriate journal, preparing a manuscript, along with a covering letter, and responding to reviews and requests for revisions – “getting over the line”.

The two-hour session, moderated by Alissa Greer of UBC and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, will allot at least one hour for those attending to ask questions and to engage in dialogue with our three speakers.

  • Paul Dietze is the Director of the Behaviours and Health Risk Program at the Burnet Institute, and the Executive Editor of Drug and Alcohol Review, collaborating with researchers in Australia, and internationally.
  • Alison Ritter is an internationally recognized drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the University of New South Wales. She is a Senior Editor for the International Journal of Drug Policy and past editor of Drug and Alcohol Review.
  • Alex Stevens is President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy and a Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Kent. He is a Senior Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy and a member of the editorial boards of  the British Journal of Criminology and Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.