Canada is the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for non-medical use. This decision offers researchers an unprecedented opportunity to study the impacts of cannabis use in a legalized environment— including its effects on mental health. To seize that opportunity, the federal government has allocated $10 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) over the next five years to investigate the risks and benefits of cannabis as well as the varying needs of diverse subpopulations of people living in Canada.
In July 2019, the MHCC gathered a diverse group of experts, including people with lived experience of substance use and/or mental health problems and illnesses, service providers, family members, community-based researchers and policy makers, to discuss funding priorities for community-based research on cannabis and mental health. Our Shaping Future Investments in Community-Based Research on Cannabis and Mental Health report gives a concise account of the day’s discussions as well as key takeaways.
Community-based grants for research projects in cannabis and mental health: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN
The MHCC is seeking applicants from priority populations who are interested in conducting community-based research on the relationship between cannabis and mental health.
Priority populations include:
- People with lived and living experience of cannabis use and/or mental health problems or illnesses
- First Nations, Inuit, and Métis
- Immigrant, refugee, ethnocultural, and racialized
- Two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer
- Communities who experience layers of oppression (e.g., homelessness, involvement in the justice system, sex work, and buying or selling street-level substances)
We are funding up to 12 two-year projects (up to $50,000 per year or $100,000 per project). Deadline to apply: EXTENDED TO May 19, 2020.