In less than a year, cannabis will be legally available in New Brunswick and throughout Canada. In advance of legalization, the New Brunswick Medical Society is launching a new public education campaign to highlight the health risks that come with consuming cannabis.
New Brunswick’s doctors are concerned that the health risks that come with using cannabis are being forgotten in the rush to find a new source of tax revenue.
The simple fact is legalization does not make cannabis safe.
Like tobacco and alcohol, cannabis use can lead to negative health impacts. People in New Brunswick will have the choice to consume cannabis legally, but it is important they understand these risks. It is also important government consider health risks as they roll out regulations for cannabis' sale.
In June, the New Brunswick Medical Society released its report on issues related to legalization of cannabis in New Brunswick. It included a series of recommendations on minimizing the harm caused by cannabis, including where and how it should be sold, testing for impaired drivers, a balanced consideration of cannabis' economic impact, education campaigns directed at youth and the age of legal purchase.