PUBLIC LECTURE: Cannabis use and the NZ referendum 2020
Friday 14th February 2020
A panel discussion on cannabis use and the NZ referendum 2020:
Evidence from the Dunedin and Christchurch longitudinal studies.
New Zealand is blessed with two of the
world’s richest sources of information about
the natural history of cannabis use. The
Dunedin and Christchurch cohort studies have
both studied approximately 1,000 people
from birth into their 40s, capturing in detail
key developmental periods and patterns
of cannabis use. These studies have been
described by international experts as being
the best designed and most informative
epidemiological studies showing the lifecourse
consequences of cannabis use and
misuse. Their study members have lived
through a historical period of high cannabis
use during adolescence and young adulthood.
In particular, these studies provide in-depth
information about the adverse effects of
regular and sustained cannabis use.
The directors of the two studies, Professors
Richie Poulton and Joseph Boden, will discuss
key findings from the studies. In sharing
these study findings they hope to support
an evidence-informed approach when New
Zealanders enter the voting booth in 2020.