Marijuana Legalization and Prevention in Nunavut
How is the Nunavut Territory regulating legal cannabis?
The territory of Nunavut passed the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Statutes Amendments Act in June of 2018, and the majority of the legislations came into force when the federal legislation was passed. On October 17, 2018, the federal government passed legislation to legalize recreational cannabis across the country. The territory will regulate the use and distribution of cannabis to those who live in the territory that are 19 years old or older. The Cannabis Act in Nunavut will allow the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission to sell cannabis online, in physical retail stores and through agents.
The primary goal of these various regulations is to help protect the health and safety of every Nunavummiut, especially minors, and to provide safe distribution of cannabis to adults. The territory is also wanting to combat the illegal market for cannabis, and increase the awareness of the risks that are connected to recreational cannabis. The territory of Nunavut was the last jurisdiction in Canada to pass the Cannabis Legalization Framework, and the Nunavut Liquor Commission is responsible for the distribution and retail sale of cannabis throughout the territory, and residents of the territory are prohibited to grow their own plants, but there are restrictions.
The legal age is 19 to buy, carry, and share cannabis and public use will be allowed under the same rules in place for the use of tobacco. Cannabis will not be allowed in places that are often frequented by children, hospital grounds, public events, and inside a vehicle. The territory of Nunavut has set 30 grams of cannabis as the maximum amount that can be purchased or carried in public at a time. Regulations are there to protect public health and safety, and ensure young people cannot access cannabis.
How does legal cannabis in Nunavut impact me and my family?
With the legalization of cannabis throughout the country, each province and territory have taken extensive steps to ensure people are informed about the drug, what it does, how medical marijuana and recreational cannabis are different, and how cannabis can impact the lives of youth and those who may be vulnerable. Education and information are important, and parents with children and teens should get the proper information, whether it is from federal website or other sources, there is informative information surrounding recreational cannabis. When youth begin to use cannabis, they are placing themselves at risk for developing learning problem and even mental health issues.
The brain does not become fully developed until someone is 25 years old, and recreational marijuana, especially with high amounts of THC, can impact a brain still development. If an adult chooses to use recreational marijuana, there are safe use guidelines in place to ensure people can use the drug responsibly. It is important for people to be safe, and to avoid using cannabis at work, especially when operating machinery, and it is illegal to drive while impaired. Legal cannabis can impact families of Nunavut if it is abused or if illegal cannabis is being sold or purchased. The safe production of cannabis important, because if an adult chooses to use cannabis, they are knowing where the drug is coming from, and that it is safe to use. Keeping informed and knowing what it is, and recognizing the difference between medical cannabis and recreational cannabis will help lessen any impact on Nunavut families.
Can the risks be reduced with cannabis use, and is there help for marijuana addiction in Nunavut?
If an adult chooses to use cannabis, the risk can be reduced in certain ways, such as avoiding use until after 25, because of the effects on the brain, as it is still in development. Using a vaporizer may help reduce the damage to a person’s lungs, and it is important not to mix cannabis with alcohol or other drugs. Many health experts recommend that if an adult chooses to use cannabis, it is best not use the drug more than once per week, and it is wise to avoid using cannabis products that are high in THC.
Cannabis should not be used or mixed with prescription drugs or alcohol, and cannabis use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding will harm the baby and its development. When families have a history of mental illness, it is best to avoid the use of cannabis, as it can bring about mental illness, especially among teens. If someone feels their cannabis use has gotten out of control, they may be dependent on the drug, and require certain counseling and therapy to help address the underlying problems.
Most drug dependencies do lead to an addiction, which will require drug treatment such as in an outpatient or inpatient rehab center. Within Nunavut, addicts can receive help through local treatment options, many of which are through First Nations, territorial programs, and private rehab services are also available. Drug treatment is important, because addiction to marijuana will more than likely involve other drugs, and this will increase the risks. Effective drug rehabilitation is the only solution to treat the addiction and restore a person back to the individual they were before drugs consumed his or her life.