June survey results:
Will the legalization of cannabis have an impact on your practice?
The last edition of QMA Info had a short survey on the legalization of cannabis and the bill adopted by the National Assembly of Québec on June 12, 2018. The QMA queried its members to find out if it would have an impact on the practice of physicians. 69% of the survey respondents felt that it would have an impact. To address this change, several members felt they would need the following services:
- Easier access to professionals who can help youth showing signs of addiction, such as addiction counsellors, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists;
- Tools to enable prevention measures, particularly amongst youth;
- Training on the health effects of cannabis;
- Better knowledge of the warning signs and symptoms of health problems related to cannabis.
The key points of Bill 157 include creation of the SQDC (Société Québécoise du Cannabis), zero tolerance for driving a vehicle after consuming cannabis, definition of the legal age for the possession and purchase of cannabis, and minimum financing of $25 million per year, over five years, for cannabis-related activities involving prevention and research.
The legislation also imposes a limit on the amount that a person can possess at home (150 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent regardless of the number of residents) and prohibits growing non-medical cannabis for personal use, despite the Trudeau government’s rejection of the amendment giving the provinces the power to prohibit or allow this practice.
Check the new survey in this edition of QMA Info and respond by clicking here.