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Capitol Insights:"Cannabis is Legal in California.  Now What? Implications for Public Health, the Economy, and the Regulatory Agenda"

Karen Smith, MD, MPH, Director of the California Department of Public Health and state public health officer; Dr. Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, pediatrician and Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI) and Clinical Professor at UC San Francisco; Dr. Daniel Sumner, Director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC)
  • Capitol Insights:"Cannabis is Legal in California.  Now What? Implications for Public Health, the Economy, and the Regulatory Agenda"
  • 2019-02-19T15:00:00-08:00
  • 2019-02-19T17:00:00-08:00
  • Karen Smith, MD, MPH, Director of the California Department of Public Health and state public health officer; Dr. Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, pediatrician and Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI) and Clinical Professor at UC San Francisco; Dr. Daniel Sumner, Director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC)
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Feb 19, 2019 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
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1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Medical marijuana has been legal in California for almost two decades, but it was not until January 1, 2018 that Californians could legally purchase marijuana for recreational purposes.  Legalization raises many questions for personal and public health, for commerce and the economy, and for the environment.  Based on rapidly accumulating experience, cannabis regulations in California will need to be fine-tuned to maximize the benefits and minimize the unforeseen consequences of the new law. This panel discussion, which is co-sponsored by UCCS and by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) at the UC Office of the President, will address the implications of cannabis regulation on several fronts.  As moderator, Karen Smith, MD, MPH will discuss how cannabis is regulated under current low and how the California Department of Public Health is approaching the issue.  Lynn Silver, MD, MPH will address the public health consequences of cannabis use, drawing on biomedical and public health and tobacco control research and discuss implications for best regulatory practices.  Finally, Dan Sumner, PhD will describe how cannabis in California operates as a market, where and how those markets fail, and what policy options might be invoked to address those failures.  After hearing final insights from Dr. Smith, the audience will be invited to participate in a question and answer session with the panelists.

Discussant: On March 23, 2015, Karen Smith, MD, MPH, was sworn in as director of the Karen Smith PhotoCalifornia Department of Public Health and state public health officer. Dr. Smith is a physician specializing in infectious disease and public health. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Smith served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency beginning in 2004.

Dr. Smith completed her medical training and infectious diseases fellowship at Stanford University after having obtained a Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public health. She served as clinical faculty at the Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases from 1997 to 2004 and was a faculty consultant for the Francis J. Curry International Tuberculosis Center at the University of California, San Francisco from. Dr. Smith also served as TB Controller and Deputy Health Officer for Santa Clara County from 1997 to 2004.

Dr. Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician and public health advocate, is  Senior Advisor at Lynn Silver Photothe Public Health Institute (PHI) and Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco. She is an expert on the use of policy approaches to prevent chronic disease, its risk factors and inequitable impact. Silver has been Assistant Health Commissioner of New York City. In California she served as county health officer in Sonoma County, and also founded and co-chairs the California Alliance for Prevention Funding. Dr. Silver was previously Visiting Scholar of International Health at the Karolinska Institute, Associate Professor at University of Brasilia, and Brazil’s National School of Public Health. She has worked widely on health policy as a researcher, educator, government official, consultant and advocate, and served as consultant to the World Health Organization, The World Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Low Income Investment Fund, hospitals and foundations. She received her MD and MPH degrees and pediatric training from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Daniel Sumner is the Director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC), Daniel Sumner Photoan applied research and outreach program with associate directors on several campuses. He is also the Frank Buck Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis, where his teaching and research focuses on the principle drivers of adjustment in food and agriculture, including domestic and global policies and market evolution. Before coming to Davis, Sumner was a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and the Assistant Secretary for Economics at USDA. A native Californian, Sumner graduated in agricultural management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

 

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