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Cannabis became legal for 18+ in Alberta on October 17, 2018 but¹...

Cannabis is now legal in Canada. And although the laws have changed, the health risks and restrictions have not. With so much confusing information out there, AHS wants to clear the air and talk about what cannabis legalization means for you, the health risks that come with use, and what you can do to ensure you’re being safe if you choose to use.

And if you choose to use, choose lower-risk products, avoid mixing with alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, and do not use and drive.

  • Cannabis is much more potent product than it has been in past
  • Cannabis affects everyone in different ways. Use as little as you can and wait to see how you react.
  • If smoking cannabis, limit it to a couple of puffs and wait at least ten minutes to feel full effects
  • When eating/drinking cannabis it can take several hours to feel the full effect. Start with a small amount and wait for several hours before you take anymore.

¹ https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page16023.aspx retrieved on 5-Nov-18 

Learn more:

Alberta Cannabis Framework and Legislation

Overview of key issues related to purchase, use, workplace impairment, driving, advertising and packaging, and more.

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis User Guidelines (infographic)

Includes 10 recommendations for using cannabis more safely, based on the best available scientific evidence.

Cannabis Legalization in Alberta (video)

Government of Alberta, Here’s what you need to know about Alberta’s cannabis legislation

Cannabis Let’s Talk Documents 

Communities often find it difficult to address issues around which there is divergent opinion and contested evidence. Addressing such complex issues as drug use, overdose prevention or drug policy requires that we come together as a community and build understanding between ourselves. 

Cannabis Stats Hub

Statistics on Health, Justice, Economy and Prices

Drug Safe

A trusted source for Albertans to find vital information on reducing the harm of drugs and alcohol. Take the ‘High Q’ quiz!

Cannabis in Alberta

Know the rules and other resources

Alberta Cannabis Framework and Legislation

Setting the stage for the legal and responsible use of cannabis in Alberta

Planning for Cannabis

Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) website RMA Advocacy