Before Cannabis Becomes Legal: Social Work Practice Within a Changing Drug Culture


Webinar event date

Mar 27, 2018 1:30 pm NDT

Webinar Presenters

Troy Mitchell BSW, MHS, RSW


Troy Mitchell is a registered social worker, with a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Health Studies. For the past 20 years he has worked within the area of mental health and addictions from the perspectives of clinical practice, provincial policy, and quality/risk management. He regularly monitors trends in the field.



This session will highlight considerations in preparation for legalized Cannabis in summer, 2018.  Societal and family norms will experience change, ranging from holding onto ‘what was’ to reaching for ‘what is’.  Social workers will have a first-hand perspective of these interactions. An overview regarding drug use culture, addiction, and adverse effects will be provided, compared to rationale for legalization and a harm reduction approach. Outcomes from other jurisdictions where Cannabis has been legalized will be discussed. Approaches to support/intervention will also be provided.    

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