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Policy Measures for Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada | March 22, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Thank you for your interest in attending the webinar titled "Policy Measures for Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada" taking place on March 22, 2017 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT). Please complete the registration form below and an email confirmation with connection details will be sent to the email address provided. If you do not receive this email, please contact Kyle Dieleman, Project Coordinator, at kdieleman@rnao.ca.

The federal government has pledged to introduce legislation to legalizing cannabis in the spring of 2017. Prohibiting cannabis possession and criminalizing those who use it have failed to prevent or reduce cannabis-related harms(1). On the other hand, legalization with little regulation could result in increased use and harms(2). Finding the right balance of regulations and enforcing them is a key to ensuring that the legalization approach results in benefits for public health and safety, while protecting those who are vulnerable to cannabis-related harms(3).

In 2014 the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health created a Cannabis Policy Framework, grounded in a public health approach, to guide the regulation of legal cannabis access. More recently the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation presented a report that advises the federal government on how to legalize, regulate and restrict access to cannabis from a public health standpoint. The purpose of this webinar is to present and reflect on these recommendations. It will also highlight some of the issues to be considered once legalization occurs.

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  • To learn about the federal government’s plans and timeline for legalizing cannabis
  • To understand the evidence on health-focused cannabis legalization and regulation               
  • To consider the areas of controversy in the legalization and regulation debate


  • Jean‐François Crépault, MA, Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Rebecca Jesseman, Director, Information Systems and Performance Measurement, and Senior Policy Advisor​, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

(1)Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2014). Cannabis policy framework

(2) Ibid

(3) Ibid