As the Canadian government moves
closer toward legalizing non-medical
cannabis this year, many Albertans are
wondering what that will mean to them.
Canadians have one of the highest
rates of non-medical marijuana usage in
the world. But few Canadians—whether
or not they use it—know how it can
affect their health.
That’s where Alberta Health Services
comes in. We’re helping people,
including healthcare providers and
community leaders, understand the
risks of non-medical cannabis. In short,
cannabis impairs users, just as alcohol
In this issue of Apple, we take an
in-depth look at the subject, starting on
page 27. 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 wondering
how to talk to your children about
the potential risks of using marijuana.
Maybe you’re wondering how the new
laws will could affect you at work or
when you’re driving. Perhaps you’re
pregnant and you want to know more
about how cannabis exposure could
affect your baby—even if you’re not
using it yourself.
And it could be that you just want to
Our stories will give you clear insight
to a substance that’s about to go from
counter-culture to the mainstream.|a
Talking about cannabis
Michelle Kilborn is AHS’ cannabis project
coordinator and a healthy public policy analyst in
Population, Public and Indigenous Health.
WRITTEN BY MICHELLE KILBORN