SAINT JOHN, NB, Oct. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act will comeinto force, marking a significant milestone in the Government of Canada's commitment to legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis to keep it out of the hands of children and keep profits away from criminals and organized
Today, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Member of Parliament Wayne Long announced an investment of $1.14 million over three years to the John Howard Society of New Brunswick under Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program. This funding will support the John Howard Society of New Brunswick in raising awareness of the health effects of cannabis and the dangers of drug-impaired driving.
Through its Atlantic Youth Challenge to Prevent Drugged Driving program, the John Howard Society will provide grade 10 students across Atlantic Canada with evidence-based information aimed at dispelling myths regarding drug-impaired driving.
Partnerships like these with community-based organizations and educators allow the Government of Canada to reach specific audiences with information on the health and safety risks of cannabis use. This collaborative approach helps build common knowledge about cannabis and its effects on health and safety.
"In preparation for the implementation of the Cannabis Act, our Government is expanding its public education efforts through collaborative partnerships such as the one with the John Howard Society. These partnerships help to ensure that Canadians have clear, consistent and evidence-based information on the health and safety facts about cannabis, including drug-impaired driving."The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"This funding represents a great example of the Government of Canada's commitment to delivering cannabis public education initiatives that have a clear focus on youth. I would like to thank the John Howard Society for its collaboration and dedication to help young Canadians make informed decisions about cannabis use."Wayne LongMember of Parliament
"The John Howard Society of New Brunswick, with our partners Eastern Hub of The Students Commission of Canada Youth Matters, St. Thomas University, Center for Research on Youth At-Risk, John Howard Atlantic Research and Innovation Center and provincial John Howard Society Branches of Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador would like to thank Health Canada in making possible an Atlantic wide high school youth led initiative against drugged driving."Bill BastaracheExecutive Director, John Howard Society of New Brunswick
Associated LinksBackgrounder: Supporting Communities and Partners Across Canada in Leading Cannabis Public Education InitiativesGovernment of Canada to invest in cannabis education and awarenessCanada.ca/cannabis: health and safety facts on cannabis use
SOURCE Health Canada
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