Integrated Cannabis Research Strategy: Overview

Despite the legalization and regulation of cannabis products for non-medical purposes that came into force on October 17, 2018, there remain many unknowns about the use of cannabis, both medical and non-medical, its health and safety effects and the behavioural, social, cultural, ethical and economic implications of legalization both nationally and across jurisdictions. Stakeholders have called for federal support for new research initiatives and evidence-based approaches to federal activities.

A number of reports have highlighted the need for enhanced research evidence to inform policy, practice, harm reduction, medicinal use and prevention efforts. Notably, the federally commissioned Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation released their report, “A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada,” in December 2016 which is the product of consultations with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous governments and representative organizations, youth, patients and experts in relevant fields.

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