Cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. As a result, nurses have had to think differently and learn more about cannabis. CNA can help. We have two main roles:
- Share current cannabis resources: CNA will review and share the best evidence and resources on medical and non-medical cannabis.
- Create new cannabis resources: through a grant from Health Canada, CNA will consult with nurses across Canada to create a framework and resources. Read more.
How has my province interpreted the cannabis law?
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction has developed an interactive map of Canada that depicts the differences in health policy in each province and territory.
Saskatchewan’s RX Files recently published this booklet for “people thinking about starting medical cannabis.”
Non-medical (recreational) cannabis
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG): [PDF, 721.5 KB] 10 Ways to Reduce Risks to Your Health When Using Cannabis (2018)
Health Canada cannabis evidence briefs (2018):
- August 2016: Submission to the federal task force on cannabis legalization and regulation [PDF, 293.7 KB] (August 2016)
- August 2017: CNA contributions to the House of Commons standing committee on health (HESA) and the Senate standing committee on social affairs, science and technology (SOCI) — Bill C-45, An Act Respecting Cannabis and to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and Other Acts
- Fall 2017: Survey for Canadian Nurses on the Legalization of Cannabis [PDF, 471.6 KB]
- March 2018: CNA hosted a Health Canada-funded pan-Canadian interactive think-tank where presenters and attendees (including collaborating partners) provided substantial expertise on nursing practice, current cannabis research, knowledge translation, and education for patients and the public. A report from this think-tank is available upon request (English only).
Upcoming CNA resources
Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program has granted CNA $1.3 million to create a national nursing framework on the legalization of Cannabis. The framework will be one component of a federal public education campaign.
In addition to a national nursing framework, five online modules will be developed along with supplementary resources, annual interactive think-tank sessions and knowledge translation products. We will be visiting nurses in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Yellowknife to learn more about what nurses need to know about cannabis!
CNA will share project updates on social media and in our CNA Now e-newsletter. If you’d like to learn more, you can also contact us.