Cannabis and Public Health: Questions and Opportunities

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 10:30am to 11:30am

Presented By: Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW

Although medical cannabis has been approved for use in California since 1996, new information about this plant and its relationship with public health is constantly evolving. As the stigma around cannabis use lessens, researchers and practitioners are better able to understand the relationship between cannabis use and public health issues such as workplace safety, substance dependence and community well being. This talk will review the basics of the cannabis plant, and address some timely questions about cannabis use and specific public health areas of study.

 Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the history of the use of cannabis as medicine and the reasoning behind its political history.

  • Investigate the components of the cannabis plant and their relationship to the risks and benefits of its use.

  • Review the evidence regarding cannabis use and workplace safety, youth use and substance dependence.

  • Imagine the role that cannabis might play in public health as the policies evolve in the US and elsewhere.

Primary Audience

Public health researchers and practitioners who have a basic understanding of the cannabis plant and its history of prohibition. There will be a brief overview of the plant at the beginning of the presentation.


After receiving her PhD from UC Berkeley Social Welfare, Dr. Reiman completed pre and post doctoral fellowships with the Alcohol Research Group. Following that, she was the Director of Research and Patient Services at Berkeley Patients Group, one of the oldest dispensaries in the country, and the Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, a national non-profit that was engaged in the drafting and campaigns of legalization initiatives across the country and abroad. She also taught courses on substance abuse treatment and drug policy at UC Berkeley for 10 years.

 Dr. Reiman was the inaugural Chairwoman of the Medical Cannabis Commission for the city of Berkeley and was also on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for the city of Oakland. Currently, Reiman is the Head of Community Relations for Flow Kana, a branded cannabis distribution company that works with small farmers in the Emerald Triangle and the Secretary of the International Cannabis Farmer’s Association, a non profit that advocates for research and policies that favor sun grown cannabis cultivation through traditional farming methods.

 Dr. Reiman’s previous research has focused on the role of medical cannabis dispensaries in providing health services, the integration of cannabis businesses into communities, and the use of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs.


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Nurses: COEH Continuing Education Program (BRN Provider # 12983) has approved this webinar for 1.0 contact hours.