Article by Wan Yee Lok, SFU News
Participants in Simon Fraser University’s President’s Dream Colloquium on Understanding Medical Marijuana are only halfway through the course, yet they are already praising it—and the much-needed attention it’s drawing to the controversial topic.
The colloquium, a six-part, public lecture series that began in January, examines the pharmacology and medical applications of cannabis as well as the legal aspects of its use.
Cannabis researcher Jennyfer Chamberland first learned about the course through colloquium chair Zamir Punja at a cannabis industry event.
“I was so excited to learn about the course and how it’s the first of its kind in Canada that I knew I had to get involved right away,” says Chamberland. “I feel so lucky to be able to engage with students with different backgrounds as well as policy-makers and industry experts who are at the frontier of cannabis research.”
Chamberland is already applying what she has learned to her workplace and enjoys learning and researching cannabis in a university setting. While cannabis has been used as a medicinal and mood altering agent across many cultures for thousands of years, there are few peer-reviewed studies conducted on the pharmaceutical and medicinal properties of cannabis due to regulations that restrict its use.
“I commend SFU President Andrew Petter and organizing committee chair Zamir Punja for leading the way and opening dialogue on such an important topic,” she says.