Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is the most commonly used illegal drug in Canada and worldwide. While recreational use is illegal, marijuana can be used for medical purposes with the support of a healthcare practitioner. Learn the facts about cannabis laws in Canada. 

Government of Canada Online Portal: Your Cannabis Questions, Answered.
The Government of Canada has launched an online portal where the public can find answers to their cannabis-related questions. This includes the health effects, both long and short term, effects on youth, addiction, and impairment. 

Cannabis in Canada: What You Need to Know


Talking Cannabis: Key Messages 2019
Cannabasics - Toolkit for Health Professionals
Thinking about using cannabis before or during pregnancy?
Thinking about using cannabis while parenting?
What you need to know if you choose to consume Cannabis

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

The CCSA website provides research and online education opportunities, as well as providing information to better inform public and professions about the impacts of cannabis use on specific populations. For example, The Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis series objectively looks at how marijuana use affects human functioning and development, and discusses implications for policy and practice.

Cannabis Centralized Resource
CPHA has been funded by Health Canada (HC), through the Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP), to undertake a project entitled “A public health approach to cannabis (and other substances): Prevention, health promotion, surveillance and capacity building. As part of this project, CPHA has compiled resources on our website as a centralized spot for cannabis-related resources. Here you will findsurveillance data, evidence-based documents and key reports, information on cannabis legislation across Canada, CPHA’s reports on consultations with providers, and harm reduction, health promotion and screening tools to support your practice.

The Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada represent a public health approach to reduce the health risks and burden of disease associated with cannabis use. The Guidelines are part of a research study conducted by an international team of experts that is published in the June 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada - General Brochure
Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada - For Professionals
Lower-Risk Cannabis Guidelines - Full Text Article
Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines - Infographic
Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines - Youth


Pot and Driving campaign re-launched: FAQ and Discussion Guide with Youth on the Risks of Driving High
CPHA launched an updated version of our pot and driving campaign, which incorporates information on current impaired-driving laws and legislation being proposed to strengthen those laws as cannabis legalization nears. The main objective remains unchanged: to raise awareness of the risks associated with cannabis-impaired driving.

Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies 
The Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction just released an awesome resource to help those looking for practical approaches for talking with youth about cannabis and to feel more confident in having these difficult conversations. This guide is intended to educate youth allies on how to have safe, unbiased, informed and non-judgmental conversations with young people about cannabis. It takes a harm reduction approach and provides a basis for communicating accurate information on cannabis. This information will support young people in making informed decisions about their cannabis use.


Federation of Canadian Municipalities releases Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization (April 16, 2018)
FCM worked with legal, land-use planning and policy experts to develop this roadmap for how municipalities might choose to adapt and develop bylaws in domains ranging from land use manage­ment to business regulation to public consumption. Building on last summer’s Cannabis Legalization Primer, this guide offers policy options and prac­tical suggestions for rules and by-laws across Canadian local governments.

A Review of Workplace Substance Use Policies in Canada- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Concerns surrounding the regulation and legalization of cannabis in Canada have prompted employers and other stakeholders to consider how best to address substance use in their workplace policies and practices. See page 57 for the spotlight on concerns about the potential impact of cannabis legalization and regulation. 

Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
This White Paper discusses the implications associated with the use of cannabis for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. The key steps to reducing the impact of impairment on the workplace are to have appropriate mechanisms in place, to provide clear guidance to all workplace parties, and to apply workplace policies and programs using a fair and consistent approach.

Check out these previously recorded webinars:

  • Youth and Cannabis Legalization: Considerations for Public Health and Prevention with Dr. Rebecca Saah
  • Legalizing Cannabis: Clearing the smoke with Dr. Elaine Hyshka
  • Cannabinoids 101: Understanding the endocannabinoid system with Dr. Hill
  • Trajectories of marijuana use across a decade with Dr. Kara Thompson
  • Consumption, Risk Factors and Food Safety of Marijuana Edibles with Dr. Keith Warriner and Ms. Fatima Kamal