Webinar Recording: Cannabis Legalization and Practice: What You Need to Know

On November 28th,  2018, the Opioid Resource Hub (PSSP/EENet) and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario co-hosted a webinar titled 'Cannabis Legalization and Practice: What You Need to Know'.

Cannabis is one of the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Ontario, along with alcohol and tobacco. The legalization of cannabis has been scheduled for Oct 17th, when it will become legal for adults over 19 to use cannabis without a prescription.

This webinar will introduce the rationale for legalization as a public health approach to minimizing the harms associated with cannabis use. It will also provide an overview of cannabis use patterns in Ontario across the life span.  In 2017, 19% of students in grade 7-12,[1] and 14.5% of adults[2] reported trying cannabis in the past year. The webinar will also explore health issues related to cannabis use and health approaches that can reduce harms.

Watch the webinar recording,  and download the presentation slides.

Objectives:

  • Understand the public health rationale for legalization.
  • Understand the prevalence of cannabis use in Ontario across the lifespan.
  • Explore health issues related to cannabis use and health approaches that can reduce harms.
  • Explore the unique considerations of working with clients who use cannabis.

 Presenters: 

  • J.F. CrépaultSenior Policy Analyst, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Keith Hansen Nurse Practitioner, St. Michael’s Hospital

 

 

 

 

 


[1] Boak, A., Hamilton, H. A., Adlaf, E & Mann R. (2017) Drug use among Ontario students, 1977-2017: Detailed findings from the Ontario Student drug Use and Health Survey (CAMH Research Document Series No. 46). Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

[2] Ialomiteanu, A. R., Hamilton, H. A., Adlaf, E. M., & Mann, R. E. (2016). CAMH Monitor e-Report: Substance Use, Mental Health and Well-Being Among Ontario Adults, 1977–2015 (CAMH Research Document Series No. 45). Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Available at: http://www.camh.ca/en/science-and-research/institutes-and-centres/institute-for-mental-health-policy-research

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