CNA’s role

Cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. As a result, nurses have had to think differently and learn more about cannabis. With this in mind, CNA’s main role is to create new cannabis resources. Through a grant from Health Canada, CNA has consulted with nurses across Canada and is creating e-learning modules and a national framework. Read more.


During our stakeholder consultations, nurses identified learning needs around how to address the stigma that is directed towards people who use cannabis and other substances. The following poster was created to support nursing practice when working with clients who use substances.

Non-medical (recreational) cannabis

Overview image of PDF for "How to reduce the harms of non-medical cannabis use"
How to Reduce the Harms of Non-Medical Cannabis Use [PDF, 73.6 KB] (Infographic, 2018)
overview of PDF "Harm reduction for non-medical use"
Harm Reduction for Non-Medical Cannabis Use [PDF, 669.3 KB] (CNA discussion paper, 2017)

CNA Health Canada SUAP project

Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) has granted CNA $1.3 million to create a national nursing framework on the legalization of Cannabis. The framework will be one component of a federal public education campaign.

Current — scripts and storyboards are underway for the e-learning modules, with a planned launch for evaluation in January 2021. The framework will follow.

October 2020 — a virtual think tank was held with the goal of evaluating and obtaining feedback on knowledge translation tools.

November 2019 — SUAP advisory committee members, invited stakeholder consultation participants and guests came together for a cannabis think tank in November 2019. Together, participants ventured out to cannabis shops, listened attentively to the stakeholder consultation findings, and deliberated about the complex elements that will forge the future national framework.

Summer and fall of 2019 — CNA consulted stakeholders, including nurses from all designations and diverse practice settings, pharmacists, bioethicists, and people with lived experience to identify learning needs regarding cannabis.

May 2019 —SUAP project launched.

Please contact us for a copy of the November 2019 Cannabis Think Tank Summary Report or a copy of the October 2020 think tank presentation (both documents are English only).

CNA will share project updates on social media and in our CNA newsletter. If you’d like to learn more, you can also contact us.