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Oregon Health Forum Examines Unintended Health Consequences of Cannabis Legalization

A leading researcher on the link between opioid use and marijuana will travel from Colorado to speak at the event. An OHSU expert on substance abuse disorders will also be on the panel.
May 9, 2017

One of the nation’s leading research on the health effects of marijuana will be presenting in Portland at an upcoming Oregon Health Forum breakfast. Tickets are going fast.

Dr. Elizabeth Stuyt has studied how maternal cannabis use during pregnancy affects brain development of fetuses, and found more opioid receptors were present in the brains of fetuses whose mothers used marijuana. She has identified a connection between opioid use and addiction that parallels the spread of legal marijuana.

Stuyt is also medical director of the Circle Program at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, and is board president of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

She will be joined by Dr. Esther Choo, Oregon Health & Science University faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Chu's reesarch interests include substance abuse disorders, health disparities and a number of other topics. She has studied state medical marijuana laws and their link to adolescent cannabis use.

Other panelists, to be announced shortly, will also be present for the 7-9 a.m. June 15 Oregon Health Forum event, titled “Unintended Consequences of Cannabis Legalization.” Jason Renaud, board member with the Mental Health Association of Portland, will moderate.


Following the moderator-led discussion with panelists, audience members will have an opportunity to ask their own questions.

The Oregon Health Forum is the educational arm of The Lund Report, hosting monthly breakfast forums aimed at bringing important healthcare issues to the forefront. Each event features healthcare leaders, public officials and consumer advocates, both on the stage and in the audience. For breakfast event sponsorship opportunities, email Diane Lund-Muzikant at [email protected].

Reach Courtney Sherwood at [email protected].