How do you talk about cannabis with your children? Does "Just Say No" work? What are the best and most recent studies on the impacts of long-term teen cannabis use on the brain? Are kids in the Emerald Triangle more at risk for drug dependence or addiction than children elsewhere in California?
"Kids and Cannabis" was the topic of the next Cannabis Hour on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. on KZYX. Jane's guest was Amanda Reiman, MSW, PhD. A cannabis- and drug-policy expert and educator, Dr. Reiman taught courses for ten years on substance-abuse treatment and drug policy at Univeristy of California Berkeley.
After receiving her PhD from UC Berkeley in 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.
Amanda was inaugural Chair of the Medical Cannabis Commission for the city of Oakland; served on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for the city of Oakland, and is currently the Head of Community Relations for Flow Kana, a branded cannabis distribution company working with small farmers in the Emerald Triangle. She is also Secretary of the International Cannabis Farmer’s Association, a non-profit organization that advocates for research and policies that favor sun-grown cannabis cultivation through traditional farming methods.
Reiman’s earlier research 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.