Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Canada. In 2015, the new Liberal government of Canada announced their plan to legalize cannabis and in June of 2016 a federal task force on cannabis was announced. Guided by this task force, cannabis legislation is expected to be introduced in 2017. To inform Alberta’s response to the federal decision to legalize cannabis, the University of Calgary Health Technology Assessment Unit developed a series of evidence syntheses to support policy development by the Government of Alberta. This resource consists of five reports that address: the Canadian Context for cannabis use and legalization; the health effects and harms of cannabis; medical cannabis; advertisement and communication regulations; and experience with legalization among jurisdictions who have legalized cannabis use.
February 2, 2017
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Cannabis evidence series
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non-Government of Alberta entity
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- Health technology assessment reports were produced by partner organizations for Alberta Health and the Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process. The conclusions presented in the reports are solely those of the partner organization that produced the reports and do not represent the policies or position of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health, or any other agency.
- Page2: This report was supported by a financial contribution from Alberta Health through the Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process, the Alberta model for health technology assessment (HTA) and policy analysis.