SPHHS Holds Symposium on Marijuana Legalization and Public Health

Keynote speaker Darrin Grondel

April 2, 2018

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences recently hosted “Marijuana Legalized: Research, Practice and Policy Considerations,” the latest event in its Dean's Symposia Series. Keynote speaker Darrin Grondel, director of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, discussed his state's experiences with drugged driving since it legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012.  Grondel has served in law enforcement and traffic safety for over 25 years with the Washington State Patrol and traffic safety commission.

Nearly 130 people attended the event, including Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission members Jennifer Flanagan and Britte McBride, as well as representatives of several city and town police departments, boards of health, library boards and prevention coordinators from around the state, stated organizer Risa Silverman, director of the SPHHS Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach,

Other speakers at the symposium include Cheryl Sbarra, senior staff attorney and director of policy and law for the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, and faculty members Jennifer Whitehill, assistant professor of health policy and management, and Elizabeth Evans, assistant professor of community health education.

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