Friday 10 May at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka.
Associate Professor Joe Boden, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch.

Cannabis is the most widely-used illicit drug in the world, and New Zealanders are some of the world’s biggest consumers of the drug. The Christchurch Health and Development Study has collected 25 years of data on cannabis use in the cohort, and has contributed significantly to our understanding of the psychosocial harms associated with cannabis use. The presentation will cover a number of these findings, and will examine the implications of these findings for the proposed referendum on Cannabis legalization to be held in 2020.

Joe is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch. Since 2015 he has been the Deputy Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study, a longitudinal study of over 1000 people born in Christchurch in mid-1977 and studied to age 40. Joe is originally from the United States, and holds a BA in Psychology from Boston University, and an MA and PhD in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. Having held teaching positions in the UK and Australia, Joe arrived in New Zealand in 2002, and joined the University of Otago in January 2005.

Please note this talk will be preceded by the Royal Society Wanaka Branch AGM.