2016/17 B.C. Schizophrenia Society Annual General Meeting and Panel Discussion, “The Highs & Lows of Cannabis and Psychosis”

On June 25, 2017, B.C. Schizophrenia Society held its Annual General Meeting in Vancouver followed by a panel discussion about the relationship between cannabis and psychosis. More than 65 people turned out to River Rock Casino Resort for the event, while many others joined in online from across the province. Foundation Board Member, Renato Zane, led the panelists through a lively discussion of the complex relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia and the implications of proposed federal legislation legalizing marijuana.

The three panelists who shared their knowledge on the topic were:

        Dr. William G. Honer, MD, FRCPC (Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry; Director, UBC Institute of Mental Health)
          Dr. Diane McIntosh, MD (Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry)
            Dr. Alasdair Barr, PhD (Associate Professor, UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics)

Questions for the panelists flooded in from those in attendance – both in person and online. With concerns and excitement about the new legislation weighing on the minds of Canadians, many people were curious to learn more about this hot topic. The day wrapped up with refreshments, including a large birthday cake celebrating B.C. Schizophrenia Society’s 35th Anniversary.

We would like to thank the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance for their generous sponsorship of this event.