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AS OF OCTOBER 17, 2018, CANNABIS IS LEGAL IN CANADA

On October 17, 2018, the Federal Government’s decision to legalize cannabis came into effect across all Canadian provinces. The legalization and regulation of cannabis use was among the main promises made by now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the 2015 election campaign, and the Cannabis Act was adopted after much deliberation at the government level. One of the objectives of legalization is to counteract the illicit cannabis market, valued at more than 7 billion dollars annually. While the motives for legalization are commendable, there will inevitably be important impacts on Canadian society.

Under the Cannabis Act, individuals who are 18 years of age or older can possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis, buy cannabis from a retailer, grow up to four cannabis plants for personal use per residence, and make cannabis products such as food and drinks at home.

The Act allows provinces to determine the minimum legal age for buying cannabis , where cannabis can be sold and used, and how much cannabis a person can possess.

Cannabis regulations raise many questions in light of the alarming figures revealed by the 2018 National Cannabis Survey (see Infographic).

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LEGALIZATION WON’T STOP ADDICTION – Let’s be vigilant

In light of the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada, the debate continues on issues relating to consumption, control and use of marijuana.

At Portage, we deem it important that organizations treating addiction be at the centre of discussions. With over 45 years of expertise, Portage conveys, jointly with the government and the media, useful information to further ideas.

The awareness campaign, created in collaboration with Agence Génération, promotes discussion and education on the potential effects of legalization.

Portage is very grateful to all the partners who contributed to making this campaign possible: Agence Génération, Bell, Cogeco, TC Transcontinental, and Publicité Sauvage.

WHY INTRODUCE A SPECIAL FEATURE ON CANNABIS?

Portage seeks to provide quality information and to share its expertise in the area of addiction rehabilitation. Our organization started this blog one year ago in order to reach out to people, to educate and to raise awareness about addiction and to promote strong interest in our cause: freedom from addiction.

This blog is a means of conveying our organization’s message through residents’ testimonials, life stories and informative articles.  

In this special feature on cannabis, Portage will inform people about the effects and consequences of cannabis use, drawing on all the material it has produced on the subject of cannabis and of addiction in general.

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About Portage

Portage is a Canadian non-profit organisation that helps people suffering from substance abuse-related problems to overcome their dependencies and live healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Since it was established in 1970, Portage has helped tens of thousands of people to take back control of their lives with its specialised drug rehabilitation programs for adolescents, adults, pregnant women and mothers with children, the aboriginal community, adults with mental health issues, and individuals referred by the justice system.

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