On April 20, 2016, the federal government announced plans to legalize cannabis for non-medical purposes, effective summer of 2018. Since that initial announcement, work has been under way by a wide range of stakeholders to prepare for this historic shift. In their 2017 discussion paper Harm Reduction for Non-Medical Cannabis Use, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) notes that “legalization is often seen as the best option for addressing the harms of cannabis. It allows for the regulation of quality, dose and potency. Legalization can also minimize social harms and eliminate the costs of prohibition.”
As the largest group of health care providers, and often a person’s first point of contact with the health care system, nurses are uniquely positioned to engage with patients and clients to reduce harms of non-medical cannabis use, and to support those who use cannabis for medical purposes.
The goal of this virtual forum is to provide a platform for discussion about how legalization of cannabis may impact your nursing practice.
The following questions may provide a starting place for dialogue:
Program Lead, Public Policy Programs & Policy Canadian Nurses Association