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The November CRC FELLOWS’ TALK will be held in Inworks, 1250 14th St, Denver, CO in Room CU 1300,  next Wednesday, November 09, 2016 from 5PM to 6PM.  Presenting at this event will be Marty Otanez & Bryan Wee:

Marty Otanez, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology Department

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“Ethics in Cannabis Research and Creative Work”

Cannabis is a peculiar commodity, especially for researchers, physicians and policymakers interested in the ethical implications of legal cannabis. Debate about ethics in cannabis studies focus primarily on public health concerns such as youth access, driving while high and potential medical benefits of cannabis. More recent moral dimensions of legal weed are cannabis workers’ rights, the environmental costs of cannabis production, and cannabis industry philanthropic initiatives in communities of color that have been disproportionately affected by decades of cannabis prohibition. Cannabis-related ethics are discussed in a case study of occupational health and safety concerns of individuals who cultivate and trim legal cannabis in Colorado. Critical medical and visual anthropology approaches are applied to make visible appropriate research conduct that protects the rights of individual study participants and influences the institutional attitude of ethics in cannabis studies. The presentation concludes with a set of exploratory guidelines for conducting ethical analysis of cannabis research and creative work designed to promote accountability in health care, commercial and community settings.



Bryan Wee, PhD 

Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Environmental Education

Sustainability Program Director | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Children’s views of the environment matter. These views are windows into children’s realities, broader environmental discourses, and they inform our efforts to develop inclusive initiatives for sustainability and environmental literacy. This presentation offers an overview of visual research on children’s environmental views from an international perspective, contrasting children’s drawings from the US, China, Singapore and Sweden, and discusses the implications of this work from geographical and educational perspectives.