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Cannabis Legalization Comes Into Force October 17, 2018

Oct 17, 2018

Cannabis Legalization Comes Into Force October 17, 2018


On June 21, 2018, the Cannabis Act received Royal Assent. The Canadian Government has announced that cannabis legalization will take effect October 17, 2018. Until the Cannabis Act and its regulations come into force on October 17, 2018, cannabis remains illegal across Canada unless authorized for medical purposes. Read the news release.

The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) would like to remind the public that it is important to be mindful of and respect smoke-free environments. Under New Brunswick’s Cannabis Control Act, it is illegal to consume cannabis in public. Furthermore, New Brunswick's Smoke-Free Places Act, which is meant to protect citizens from harmful second-hand smoke, bans smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis and other substances in all indoor public places as well as a variety of outdoor public places. We all win when we can live, work and play in 100% smoke-free environments. We have compiled some links to public education resources regarding cannabis on our website. They include the following: 

Government of Canada 
About cannabis, process of legalization, health effects, addiction, medical use, applying for industry licenses, consumer information, market data, travelling with cannabis, talk about cannabis, cannabis research and data, etc. 

Your Cannabis Questions Answered
Government of Canada 
Everything related to the legalization and use of cannabis in Canada, including the health effects and dangers of cannabis, so that people can make informed decisions.
Government of New Brunswick 
Campaign to educate the public, including information on the health effects and dangers of cannabis.

Cannabis in New Brunswick 
Government of New Brunswick
Information on the legalization of cannabis. Some public education fact sheets are also provided.

Legal, Not Safe
New Brunswick Medical Society - 2018 
Cannabis is legal, but that doesn't mean it's safe. This New Brunswick Medical Society campaign encourages all New Brunswickers to know the negative effects of consuming cannabis. 

Cannabis Talk Kit - Know How to Talk with Your Teen 
This talk kit aims to help families navigate through a changing cannabis landscape - one that includes new policies like legalization and regulation, as well as new products, like “shatter” and “edible” candies and cookies.