The federal government has pledged to introduce legislation to legalize cannabis in the spring of 2017. Prohibiting cannabis possession and criminalizing those who use it have failed to prevent or reduce cannabis-related harms. On the other hand, legalization with little regulation could result in increased use and harms. Finding the right balance of regulations and enforcing them is a key to ensuring that the legalization approach results in benefits for public health and safety, while protecting those who are vulnerable to cannabis-related harms.
In 2014 the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health created a Cannabis Policy Framework, grounded in a public health approach, to guide the regulation of legal cannabis access. More recently the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation presented a report that advises the federal government on how to legalize, regulate and restrict access to cannabis from a public health standpoint. The purpose of this webinar is to present and reflect on these recommendations. It will also highlight some of the issues to be considered once legalization occurs.
During this presentation, participants will learn how to:
- about the federal government’s plans and timeline for legalizing cannabis;
- how to interpret the evidence on health-focused cannabis legalization and regulation; and
- about the areas of controversy in the legalization and regulation debate.
Jean‐François Crépault, MA, Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Rebecca Jesseman, Director, Information Systems and Performance Measurement, and Senior Policy Advisor, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse