Utilize your Nursing Expertise to Inform Cannabis Regulation in B.C.

In April of this year, the federal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and amendments to the Criminal Code, addressing cannabis impaired driving. The federal government plans to bring Bill C-45 into force in July 2018, which will make non-medical cannabis legal in Canada.

While the federal government intends to assume responsibility for licensing cannabis producers and regulating production and product standards, provinces and territories will ultimately be responsible for deciding how non-medical cannabis is regulated within their jurisdictions. Specifically, this includes making decisions around age limits, restrictions on possession, public consumption, personal cultivation and amendments to road safety laws. The B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General is currently seeking feedback on cannabis regulation.

Nurses practicing across the continuum of care interact with individuals who use, or are impacted by the use of non-medical cannabis on daily basis. As nurses, our expertise in population public health uniquely positions us to provide a balanced and informed response to influence cannabis regulation in B.C., with the ultimate goal of ensuring positive health and social outcomes. The BC Coalition of Nursing Associations will be putting forward a submission on behalf of nurses of B.C., and your input is needed!

For information regarding cannabis legalization and regulation in B.C., read the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's concise and informative discussion paper.

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