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CNA welcomes federal government investment to inform Canadians about cannabis use

Ottawa, November 3, 2017 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has called on the federal government to make significant investments in a public awareness and education campaign in preparation for the pending legalization of recreational cannabis. CNA president Barb Shellian welcomes the government’s recent announcement to invest $36.4 million over five years for such a campaign.

“Cannabis legalization is a major shift in Canadian public health policy that will have real health and social impacts,” said Shellian. “We must ensure Canadians have access to high-quality information to make informed decisions about substance use. This new funding is a critical first step, but CNA hopes it can be scaled up to the levels we invest in tobacco awareness campaigns or in line with investments made in other international jurisdictions where cannabis has already been legalized.

“As we get closer to full legalization, CNA remains concerned that Canadians — youth, adults, health professionals and at-risk populations — will not have access to the information they need to make healthy choices.”

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The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-266-8230
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca