Dr. Daniel Bear

Dr. Daniel Bear

Toronto, Ontario
Drug Policy Resercher, Criminal Justice Professor and Speaker
Dr. Daniel Bear is a drug policy expert with nearly 20 years of experience studying how we use drugs, why we use drugs, and how we regulate drugs. He is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Social and Community Services at Humber College, where he leads nationally-funded research examining how to better engage young people with public health information about drugs.
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Dr. Daniel Bear is a drug policy expert with nearly 20 years of experience studying how we use drugs, why we use drugs, and how we regulate drugs. His research spans many areas of drugs policy and Dr. Bear has done everything from working alongside terminally ill patients as they grew an acre of medical cannabis, to spending a year alongside police in London as they raided cannabis grow ops.

Throughout his research Dr. Bear has looked not just at drugs themselves but how responses to drug issues impact both the targeted groups and the organizations and agents tasked with implementing the responses. In his published work for academic journals, appearances on radio, and television, and in op/ed pieces, Dr. Daniel Bear manages to make a very complex topic accessible to all.

Dr. Daniel Bear has a Ph.D. and MSc in Social Policy from The London School of Economics and Political Science, where he studied what drove street-level policing of drugs and the resulting impact on communities of colour. Dr. Bear earned his BA in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

He has held positions with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and sat on advisory committees of the British Society of Criminology and the Drug Policy Alliance. He has consulted on criminal justice reform issues for the UK’s Ministry of Justice, the BBC, and several non-profit organizations.

Dr. Daniel Bear is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Social and Community Services at Humber College in Toronto where he leads nationally-funded research examining how to better engage young people with public health information about drugs.






NEXTCast 2.16 Daniel Bear On Drugs Research

The Capitol Pressroom


March 5, 2020: Marijuana legalization through a public health lens

Dr. Daniel Bear Topic Presentations

everything you ever wanted to know about why we take drugs

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  • Humans have been trying to alter their consciousness by utilizing chemical compounds for at least 10,000 years and we’re not done experimenting yet! From alcohol to salvia, and all the drugs in between, we’ll explore the sociological history of drugs and drug use. Join Dr. Daniel Bear on this sometimes whimsical, sometimes serious look at the drugs we love, the drugs we despise, and the ways we’ve figured out how to get them into our bodies and our societies.

    Dr. Daniel Bear will discuss various drugs that have shaped human history and our social interactions, the relation of current drug consumption practices to historical issues and policies, the sociological and neurological impetus to consume various drugs, and current drug issues in a sociological context.

    Target Audience: Parents, teachers, businesses, community groups. Delivery Format: 30, 60, or 90-minute talk.

cannabis - a primer

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  • The legalization of cannabis in Canada has made many people realize they know a lot less about the drug then they thought they did. Dr. Daniel Bear breaks down the complex topic of cannabis using the academic, personal, and scientific knowledge he’s gained through his 18 years of experience in drug policy.

    You’ll come away from this talk with a clear idea about what cannabis is, how it became illegal and then legal, and everything you need to know now that it is legal. Whether you’re a long-time consumer or a total novice, you’ll come away from this talk with solid scientific information and a clear understanding of this legalized product.

    This enlivening talk starts with a discussion of the history of cannabis regulation, before breaking down the current legalization framework, and then diving into an examination of the drug itself. We’ll discuss what we know about the safest consumption practices and dispel common myths about cannabis. There is time allocated for questions and answers and the audience is ensured an entertaining and informative presentation.

    Target Audience: Innovative companies, cannabis-related businesses, policymakers, and curious individuals. Delivery Format: Between 60, 90, or 120-minute presentation with Q&A, half-day seminar.

talking to kids about drugs - just say no to just say no

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  • How do you effectively engage young people about the potential risks of drug consumption? This question has been debated for years, but thanks to new research we can actually provide a pretty comprehensive answer. In this thoughtful and insightful talk, Dr. Daniel Bear will help break down the dos and don’ts of how to talk about drug consumption.

    He focuses on engaging people with honest conversation, solid evidence, and a harm reduction lens that does not stigmatize drug consumption or people who consume drugs. He’ll show you how to actually have honest conversations that meet young people where they’re at, making your outreach and education efforts more successful in the long term.

    Target Audience: Parents, Teachers, School Administrators, and Civic organizations. Delivery Format: 30, 60, or 90-minute talk.

understanding and addressing implicit bias

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  • Implicit biases are ubiquitous, shape our actions, and hard to combat. Our biases often are diametrically opposed to our expressed views. Thankfully we can take steps to reduce our own implicit biases and change our institution’s practices and policies to prevent implicit biases from being acted upon. Dr. Daniel Bear breaks down how implicit biases are formed, how they shape our actions, and what we can do to create safer and more welcoming institutions.

    Dr. Daniel Bear will discuss what implicit/unconscious bias is and how it is formed, efforts to reduce the impact of implicit biases on individual actions, and how organizations can take actions to reduce the impact of implicit biases.

    Target Audience: Businesses, social service organizations, community groups, public sector. Delivery Format: 30, 60, or 90 minute talk.

hitting targets but missing the point

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  • What is key to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)? It’s making sure your targets get you to your goals. Every organization needs to ensure that they are not just obtaining valid measurements, but that those measurements measure both what the organization actually does and what it needs to know about itself. Sometimes the things organizations measure actually push employees away from the organization’s goals. With Dr. Daniel Bear’s help you’ll hit your targets.

    This talk starts by examining how performance management has been incorporated into new fields and set the idea for managing staff. It then explores examples of goals and performance indicators not being in alignment. Finally, it asks what you measure in your organization and what activity those measurements engender.

    Target Audience: Managers, Public Sector, Business. Delivery format: Half-day workshop, 60-90 minute talk


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Articles & Media

Will legalizing marijuana actually dismantle its black market?

The Globe and Mail

Daniel Bear is a professor of criminal justice at the School of Social and Community Services, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Liberal politicians have often tried to take the right flank on issues of criminal justice in order to defend themselves against the notion that they...

The Cannabis Review Show


CANNABIS POLICY | Professor Daniel Bear


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