"First, do no harm." Kirk, a nurse, and Trevor, a pharmacist always make sure the treatments they offer their patients don't make the patient's lives worse. What about cannabis? Will it do more harm than good? Listen to the interview with Dr. Sherry Fandry from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.
The following section presents context and evidence summaries, as well as the LRCUG’s 10 recommendations for people who use cannabis. Note that these recommendations are mainly aimed at non-medical cannabis use.
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Cannabis - Information and Resources -
Cannabis laws, medicine, and culture are changing rapidly in Canada. Trevor Shewfelt, a pharmacist and Kirk Nyquist, a nurse are excited to talk about all the changes, good and bad. They introduce future guests such as a lawyer, toxicologist, neuroscientist and some people who have tried cannabis as medicine. Kirk and Trevor are excited to get the conversation going!
1) The Liberal Party of Canada promised
"We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana."
2) Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis
"Learn about the current status of cannabis (marijuana) laws in Canada, and the work being done to legalize and regulate it.
3) Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba
"In late 2017, the Province of Manitoba announced that the mandate of the LGA will expand. Bill 11: The Safe and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act, which amends The Liquor and Gaming Control Act and The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act to authorize and regulate the retail sale of cannabis in Manitoba was tabled on December 5th."
4) Although an American paper, the National Bureau of Economic Research on alcohol prohibition may provide perspective of Canada's lifting of prohibition of cannabis.
"We estimate the consumption of alcohol during Prohibition using mortality, mental health and crime statistics. We find that alcohol consumption fell sharply at the beginning of Prohibition, to approximately 30 percent of its pre-Prohibition level. During the next several years, however, alcohol consumption increased sharply, to about 60-70 percent of its pre-prohibition level. The level of consumption was virtually the same immediately after Prohibition as during the latter part of Prohibition, although consumption increased to approximately its pre-Prohibition level during the subsequent decade."
The Senate of Canada maintains a comprehensive website providing a wonderful resource on Cannabis legislation and regulation from across the country.