Regulation of cannabis in Québec
Further the federal government’s decision to legalize cannabis and to the bill tabled on April 13, 2017, the Government of Québec has tabled a bill in the fall of 2017. For more information go to encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca/en/ .
Cannabis is a natural drug that is produced from a plant by the same name. It is available in 4 forms:
For some time now, synthetic cannabinoids have been available on the street. This type of cannabis is produced in clandestine labs.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active chemical that affects a person using cannabis. Over the past few years, the level of THC in cannabis has been on the increase. It is therefore impossible to know the exact quality and composition of cannabis and its illegally purchased derivatives.
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Marijuana can be smoked on its own or mixed with tobacco.
It can be rolled in the shape of a cigarette called a joint, smoked in a pipe or mixed in muffin or cake recipes.
The smoke has a strong smell.
Hashish is often cut with other substances, such as henna, shoe polish, candle wax or tar.
It can be heated on a knife; however, it is typically crumbled and smoked like marijuana.
Hash oil is typically placed on a cigarette or mixed with tobacco and then smoked.
It is stronger than other cannabis products, given its higher THC content.
Marijuana concentrates (THC extractions)
These concentrates are a lot stronger than other forms of cannabis because they contain more THC.
Synthetic cannabinoids are produced in clandestine labs.
The effects of these substances are usually the same as cannabis. However, they may be stronger because their active ingredients are generally stronger than those found in cannabis.
Cannabis may cause the following :
The duration of the effects of cannabis varies from person to person. It also depends on the amount of cannabis consumed. Cannabis can be detected in a person’s blood for up to 3 weeks after consumption.
Cannabis use may have an adverse effect on the respiratory system. A cannabis joint contains 50% more tar than a single popular-brand cigarette. People who smoke cannabis usually inhale deeply. Smoking 1 joint can therefore be as harmful as smoking 4 to 10 cigarettes. Using cannabis also increases the risk of an emphysema or asthma attack in people with these diseases. Like cigarettes, regular use of cannabis can cause:
Like alcohol and other drugs, cannabis can impact behaviour and judgment. A person who uses cannabis may do things he or she would not normally do or make decisions he or she would not normally make. He or she could, for instance:
Using cannabis can lead to a psychological dependency. As such, cannabis can play an increasingly important role in the user’s life. Psychological dependency causes usually a need to use it more often to feel better about himself or herself, relax, calm down, feel stimulated or have the courage to face problems. Once the habit is established, stopping or reducing consumption can seem difficult.
Using cannabis can lead to a mild physical dependency. Physical symptoms of withdrawal are rare in people who stop using cannabis.
To learn more, read the Addiction section of Problems Associated with Alcohol Consumption and Drug Use.
In the long term, regular and excessive use of cannabis can lead to:
These side effects may last a few months after quitting.
People who use cannabis regularly increase their risk of having hallucinations or suffering from a psychotic disorder.
Driving under the influence of drugs such as cannabis is illegal and can be detected by police. This can lead to fines and a criminal record. To learn more, consult the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec website .
Possession of cannabis is also illegal. The simple possession of cannabis may result in legal measures such as fines, detention and a criminal record. To learn more, consult the Éducaloi website .
Since 2001 in Canada, cannabis can be prescribed for medical reasons for people who suffer from, for example, severe pain. People are eligible for medical marijuana use only if the medications they already take do not relieve their pain. Cannabis for medical use is grown under regulated conditions, and its quality is verified.
Last update: July 21, 2017 10:01 AM
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