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Discussing Youth Cannabis Use in Your Community

The Guide to Facilitate Discussions about Youth Cannabis Use in Your Community provides those who work with youth with the resources they need to host public discussions in their communities on the issue of youth cannabis use.

In order to share the latest evidence and inform dialogue on the issue, CCSA led cross-country panel events to promote its 2015 report, The Effects of Youth Cannabis Use during Adolescence. The events were held in seven Canadian cities and included presentations by the report’s authors and subject-matter experts in youth development, neuroscience and mental health, followed by question and answer sessions.

The guide was developed in response to an exceptional demand from participants for more panel events. It includes:

  • A video of a CCSA panel event held in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The video can be viewed on YouTube (The Effects of Youth Cannabis Use on the Developing Brain – Myth Busting). CCSA also has a limited supply of USB sticks available for those unable to stream the video during their panel sessions. Please contact us at saic@ccsa.ca should you require one.

  • A document that discusses the rationale and goals of holding a community discussion on youth cannabis use and includes a checklist containing the steps needed to hold a public discussion forum in the community; budget considerations; and a list of common questions and answers to help facilitate a conversation.

CCSA recommends starting the discussions with a screening of the video, as it contains the most current evidence on youth cannabis use and acts as a launch pad for public discussion and engagement. CCSA is also asking hosts to conclude with an evaluation (contained in the document referred above).

CCSA is always happy to receive feedback on the usefulness of our resources. Please feel free to email us at saic@ccsa.ca. Please fill out the copyright permission form if your organization would like to distribute, reproduce, modify or adapt the toolkit.