Drug Policy Alternatives Presentations & Reviews


Legalizing a Recreational Drug: Cannabis in Canada as a Case Study |5th Annual “Innovations in the Science of Cannabis” Conference 
Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research  
McMaster University   Hamilton ON     Oct 10-12 2023
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Cannabis Legalization: Lessons from Alcohol, Tobacco, Pharma.
Video Recording from: McGill University Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) “Legalizing Marijuana in Canada: Policy Challenges” Conference. Montreal. April 26-27, 2018.
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Reviews of DPA Presentations by Mike DeVillaer

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McMaster University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences Grand Rounds
To what extent were the speaker’s opinions and conclusions based upon critically evaluated evidence? average score: 6.4 out of 7
How clearly was the material presented? average score: 6.4 out of 7

St. Joseph’s Health Care Hamilton, Mental Health & Addiction Program Rounds
How would you rate the quality of the presentation? average score: 6.7 out of 7
“refreshingly clear and organized presentation”
“This presentation was very comprehensive and I learned a lot!”
“I really appreciated the clarity of the presenter around the differences between legalization and decriminalization. I also was very grateful for the way the presenter backed up with research the position of decriminalization. “

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Addiction Rounds
Presentation: average score of 4.4 out of 5; most frequent score: 5 out of 5
Presenter: average score of 4.8 out of 5; most frequent score: 5 out of 5
“Great presentation – thank you for bringing this topic to top notch.”
“Very clear presentation, good pacing, obviously extremely knowledgeable.”
“Great presentation, thank you. I now have a great understanding of the complexity of the legalization issues.”
“What a great discussion about this issue!”
“Mike is a great presenter!”
“a 5-star rating!”

Addiction & Mental Health Ontario Annual Conference
Mike’s presentation received the highest overall rating of all conference workshops with 100% satisfaction (81.2% very satisfied; 18.8% satisfied).
100% of attendees said they would attend another presentation by the presenter.
“Very thought provoking – excellent information.”
“Excellent presentation – unbiased, sought & encouraged all opinions. Very respectfully done.”

The Lung Association of Ontario’s Youth Advocacy Training Institute
The presenter was knowledgeable about the topic: 97% strongly agree; 3% agree
“Mike was engaging, knowledgeable and made me want to learn more.”
“Mike Devillaer…wow!  So incredibly knowledgeable and clear + an excellent communicator.”