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The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) focusses its effort on promoting tobacco-free living through public education, tobacco control and support for smoking cessation. However, there is a strong association between cannabis and tobacco use. A few links to resources on this topic as well as the various pieces of legislation regarding cannabis use in Canada are available below. 

Since October 17, 2018, recreational ccannabis use is legal in Canada. Cannabis can be purchased in all Canadian provinces and territories. It is regulated under various pieces of legislation. 


Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis
Information on cannabis (marijuana) laws in Canada.

Bill C-45 - An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts
Bill C-45 introduced in the House of Commons in April 2017. It received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018.

Summary of Cannabis Legislation in Each Canadian Province and Territory
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (2018)
Summary of provincial/territorial cannabis legislation in Canada, including an interactive map tool. 

New Brunswick

Cannabis in New Brunswick 
Government of New Brunswick information on the legalization of cannabis. 

Cannabis Control Act
New Brunswick's Cannabis Control Act controls the consumption and use of retail cannabis. It establishes the legal age for the purchase, consumption and cultivation of cannabis at 19 and outlines general restrictions on consumption and possession. Under the Cannabis Control Act, the only legal place to consume retail cannabis in New Brunswick is in a private dwelling or in the land adjacent to the private dwelling (in your home or in your backyard). Consuming retail cannabis in public is prohibited. It is also illegal to consume cannabis in a vehicle and to drive under the influence of cannabis. Note that medical cannabis can be smoked or vaped in public anywhere not prohibited by the New Brunswick Smoke-free Places Act).

Complaints concerning cannabis should be directed to local police. However, if your complaint involves someone smoking or vaping cannabis in public place that is designated smoke-free as per the Smoke-Free Places Act, you can report it directly to a toll-free information/hotline. See information below on the Smoke-Free Places Act. 

Smoke-Free Places Act
New Brunswick's Smoke-Free Places Act prohibits smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis and all other substances in all enclosed public places, indoor workplaces, school grounds, as well as in vehicles when a person under the age of 16 is present. Many public outdoor settings, including the following, also prohibit smoking and vaping as per the Act: 

  • On patios where food and/or alcohol is served and within 3m from the patio boundary;
  • 9m from doorways, windows and air intakes of buildings that are for public use;
  • In outdoor playgrounds and within 20m of their perimeters (examples include outdoor slides, swings, climbing structures, splash pads, wading pools, sand boxes);
  • On outdoor sports and recreational areas and within 20m of their perimeters (examples include outdoor tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, swimming pools, beaches, skateboard parks, skating rinks, etc., and their spectator stands);
  • On a public walking trail and within 9m of the trail;
  • In provincial parks (except in designated smoking areas and on an occupied campsite); and
  • On the grounds of regional health authorities (hospitals, health clinics, etc.).

A toll-free number is provided to report violations of the Smoke-Free Places Act and to obtain additional information on this legislation: 1-866-234-4234.

Legislation - Where to Report Violations in New Brunswick

Smoking and/or vaping cannabis in public places that are designated as smoke-free by the Smoke-free Places Act can be reported to the Smoke-free Places Act Information Line. The Smoke-free Places Act Information Line toll-free number is 1-866-234-4234.
For all other complaints concerning cannabis, such as smoking it in a public place that is not already designated as smoke-free, or illegal sale or possession of cannabis, you should contact your local police detachment. 
More information here. 

Resources - Cannabis Education

Micro-Grants for Cannabis or Vaping Public Education
Health Canada (2019)
New micro-grants program to support public education about the health effects of cannabis and/or the risks of vaping. These micro-grants are offered up to $1,000 to support smaller public education projects.   


Smoke Is Smoke!
New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (2019)
This fact sheet sheds light on the dangers of second-hand smoke from tobacco as well as cannabis. The fact sheet also addresses vaping and reminds people to respect smoke-free environments in New Brunswick, which prohibit smoking and vaping. We all win when we can live, work and play in 100% smoke-environments! 

Government of Canada - 2018
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. 
  • Visit our Get the Facts page, to find out about cannabis and your health, cannabis and the border, the risks of impairment on the road and at work, and how laws and regulations will impact your business.    
  • Check out our updated Cannabis education resources page, where you will find fact sheets, videos, and information for youth, parents, teachers, pregnant or breastfeeding individuals, health professionals and more.   
  • Build your own event for youth, using materials from the Pursue Your Passion website, creating thought-provoking activities, and inspiring participants to pursue a passion without the use of cannabis.
Your Cannabis Questions Answered
Government of Canada - 2018
Public information and educational resources for 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. 
Cannabis and your health: 10 ways to reduce risks when using
Health Canada - 2018
Cannabis use is now legal for adults, but it does have health risks.
If you use non-medically, you can make informed choices for safer use.

Cannabis in New Brunswick 
Government of New Brunswick information on the legalization of cannabis. Some public education fact sheets are also provided.
Government of New Brunswick - 2018
New Brunswick campaign to educate the public, including information on the health effects and dangers of cannabis.
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 - 2017
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.

Reports and Statistics - Cannabis / Tobacco 

Tobacco Use in Canada - Cannabis Supplement
University of Waterloo - 2017
This supplement provides an overview of cannabis and tobacco use, specifically in the Canadian context. National estimates of cannabis and tobacco use in Canada are reported, with a focus on youth.
Secondhand Marijuana Smoke: Health Effects of Exposure
Non-Smokers' Rights Association -2016
Concern about exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke is an emerging issue—the Smoking and Health Action Foundation (SHAF) has noted a steady increase in enquiries and complaints over the past number of years, especially from multi-unit housing residents.
Canadian Cannabis Survey 
Statistics Canada and Health Canada 
The Government has introduced legislation that would create a new strict national framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. Health Canada has begun collecting additional data to better understand how Canadians view and use cannabis. This data will be used to evaluate the impact of the legislation, if approved by Parliament and brought into force, and to develop policy and program initiatives, including public education and awareness activities.
Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey
Statistics Canada and Health Canada 
The Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey is a biennial general population survey of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use among Canadians aged 15 years and older:

Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey
Statistics Canada and Health Canada - 2018
This national survey—which measures tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary I to V in Quebec)—provides valuable information that will inform approaches to addressing complex health and social issues such as the problematic use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, including opioids and cannabis.

Preventing Problematic Substance Abuse in Youth
Chief Public Health Officer, Government of Canada (2018)
Learn what you can do to raise awareness about prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery related to substance abuse, including tobacco and cannabis, among youth.