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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. CNA can help. We have two main roles:

  1. Share current cannabis resources: CNA will review and share the best evidence and resources on medical and non-medical cannabis.
  2. Create new cannabis resources: through a grant from Health Canada, CNA will consult with nurses across Canada to create a framework and resources. Read more.


How has my province interpreted the cannabis law?

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction has developed an interactive map of Canada that depicts the differences in health policy in each province and territory.

Medical cannabis

Saskatchewan’s RX Files recently published this booklet for “people thinking about starting medical cannabis.”

Non-medical (recreational) cannabis

How to Reduce the Harms of Non-Medical Cannabis Use [PDF, 73.6 KB] (Infographic, 2018)

Harm Reduction for Non-Medical Cannabis Use [PDF, 669.3 KB] (CNA discussion paper, 2017)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG): [PDF, 721.5 KB] 10 Ways to Reduce Risks to Your Health When Using Cannabis (2018)

Health Canada cannabis evidence briefs (2018):


Upcoming CNA resources

Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program 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.

In addition to a national nursing framework, five online modules will be developed along with supplementary resources, annual interactive think-tank sessions and knowledge translation products. We will be visiting nurses in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Yellowknife to learn more about what nurses need to know about cannabis!

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