A Prevention Practitioners' Guide to HHS Region 10 State Cannabis Policies and Regulations
October 13, 2020
We know that addressing policy is a key component of prevention work with long term and lasting effects, but where do you start, especially when the landscape may seem complex and confusing? Understanding regulatory language and processes might be challenging at first, but like many challenges, it gets easier the more you do it. And having access to tools that help you line up the pieces and fit them together will contribute to your success.
This session will introduce you to the components of a toolkit for addressing cannabis policy from a public health and prevention framework. The tools provided will be explained, including the basic principles on which they were developed, the relevance for each of the HHS Region 10 states, and ways you can use them as you work in your communities to address issues around cannabis policy and regulations. The tools will be easily accessible on the PTTC webpage, and you will have the opportunity to make recommendations for additional tools.
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the purpose of the toolkit
- Access each component online and be familiar with its contents
- Describe the inter-relatedness of the components and how they work together
- Explain the 5Ps for prevention policy work
- List 2-4 ways you will be able to use the toolkit
Mary Segawa, M.S., has worked in community and statewide prevention and public policy for almost 25 years. She was the Public Health Education Liaison at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLB) from 2010 to 2019, where she worked closely with other state agencies and community organizations to coordinate prevention efforts, provide training, and develop resources. Mary played a key role in promoting public health policy at the WSLCB as they implemented two citizen initiatives: privatization of liquor and legalization of adult cannabis use and retail sales. She currently consults with regulatory, public health, prevention and research groups providing translation of information from different fields to support actions that meet their shared goals of protecting public health and safety. Mary was awarded the National Prevention Network’s 2020 Award of Excellence for her work in the field.
Julia Dilley Ph.D., MES, is a Senior Research Scientist and Epidemiologist with Multnomah County Health Department and State of Oregon Public Health Division. For more than 20 years Dr. Dilley has supported public health systems in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and New Mexico. Much of her research focuses on public health effects of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco policies. She is currently the principal investigator for a federally funded research study on public health effects of cannabis legalization in Washington and Oregon, focused on the role of city and county policies and local-area cannabis market variation. She also co-chairs a national workgroup that is developing cannabis surveillance best practices as part of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).