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General Information Health

Within 48 hours of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, here is a small reminder sheet to refresh your memory.

CONSUMPTION METHODS

Smoking or spraying

  • Potential start of effects: From a few seconds to a few minutes 
  • Potential duration of effects: Up to 6 hours

Ingest (food or capsules) 

  • Potential onset of effects: 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
  • Potential duration of effects: Up to 12 hours

Under the tongue

  • Potential onset of effects: 5 to 30 minutes 
  • Potential duration of effects: Up to 12 hours
  • * some effects can last up to 24 hours

POSSIBLE EFFECTS

  • Reduced ability to remember, focus, or react quickly
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anxiety, fear or panic
  • Affects mood and feelings

EFFECTS IF WE CONSUME OFTEN AND FOR A LONG TIME

  • Damaged lungs
  • Affected mental health
  • Physical dependence, even addiction

SMOKING OR NOT IN PUBLIC?

Since many municipalities have their own rules for public consumption, it is important to find out about those in your city. 

EDIBLE PRODUCTS MADE FROM CANNABIS

They remain banned for the moment, but will be available later. 

BANS

  • It is forbidden to drive while under the influence of cannabis
  • It is forbidden to buy cannabis anywhere except at authorized retailers
  • It is forbidden to go to work under the influence of cannabis

SOME CONSEQUENCES

Sale or illegal distribution

  • Contravention for small quantities
  • Up to 14 years imprisonment

Possession beyond the limit

  • Contravention for small quantities
  • Up to 5 years in prison, minus one day

Offer or sale of cannabis to young people

  • Up to 14 years imprisonment

Using a youth to commit a cannabis offense

  • Up to 14 years imprisonment

Cannabis crossing borders

  • Up to 14 years imprisonment

Cannabis Production Beyond Home Crop Limits or with Hazardous Organic Solvents

  • Contravention for small quantities
  • Up to 14 years imprisonment

-Sources: Governments of Canada

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