From the archives: This article was originally published January 24, 2018
Young Canadians have long arrived at university campuses across the country and embraced cannabis, but no one really knows how using the drug affects parts of their life such as their grades, class attendance or the amount of alcohol they drink. Details are even hazy on how many people are getting high during this formative time in their lives.
That’s why Zach Walsh, a clinical psychologist and cannabis researcher, is planning a long-term study of roughly 500 students at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus starting this semester, which ends in April, months before the drug is legalized by Ottawa this summer.
Dr. Walsh is one of 14 academics awarded a combined total of $1.4-million by the federal government Wednesday to complete a wide range of cannabis research projects aimed at helping Canadians