On Oct. 17, 2018, the Canadiangovernment legalizes non-medicalcannabis. Many Albertans are wonderingwhat that will mean to them.
Canadians have one of the highestrates of non-medical marijuana usage inthe world. But few Canadians—whetheror not they use it—know how it canaffect their health.
That’s where Alberta Health Servicescomes in. We’re helping people,including healthcare providers andcommunity leaders, understand therisks of non-medical cannabis. In short,cannabis impairs users, just as alcoholimpairs.
In this special edition of Apple, we take
an in-depth look at the subject, starting
on page 6. Our coverage includes ways
to reduce risks, where people will be able
to use it and even the matter of sexual
consent and cannabis use. (For the
record, no always means no.)
Perhaps you’re a parent wonderinghow to talk to your children aboutthe potential risks of using marijuana.Maybe you’re wondering how the newlaws will could affect you at work orwhen you’re driving. Perhaps you’repregnant and you want to know moreabout how cannabis exposure couldaffect your baby—even if you’re notusing it yourself.
And it could be that you just want toknow more.
Our stories will give you clear insight
to a substance that’s gone from counter-
culture to the mainstream. |a
Talking about cannabis
Michelle Kilborn is AHS’ cannabis projectcoordinator and a healthy public policy analyst inPopulation, Public and Indigenous Health.
WRITTEN BY MICHELLE KILBORN
5 applemag.ca SPECIAL EDI TION 2018