Cannabis for Medical and Non-Medical Purposes

July 5th, 2017

The Government of Canada has introduced legislation that would legalize non-medical cannabis use in the country. If passed, this legislation is expected to come into effect in July, 2018. For now, there is no change to access cannabis for medical purposes. Access will continue to follow the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

In addition to the federal legislation, the province will be establishing guidelines and making decisions related to where non-medical cannabis can be sold, who may purchase it, and whether certain laws should be updated or changed in the interests of public safety and health.

Recognizing that the landscape around cannabis is evolving rapidly, the national organization for pharmacy regulators, NAPRA, has released its position statement on cannabis and the role of pharmacy practitioners which can be found at

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