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Cannabis

As a legal product, cannabis can be used recreationally or for certain medical benefits.

Cannabis is one of the most commonly used drugs in Canada. In Simcoe Muskoka, rates of use are above the provincial average, although use among youth has been declining. Our HealthSTATS website has more details on local use.

The effects of cannabis you might experience depends on who you are: your age, your health and your family’s medical history. It also depends on the product you’re using. There are varying strengths in flowers, oils, edibles. If you are choosing to use cannabis it is important for you to know what you are using, how strong it is, and how long the effects might last.

There is a growing body of research into the active ingredients in cannabis, how they affect the mind and their potential medical benefits. Studies are also building a better picture of the harms that can happen from using cannabis such as injury, damage to the developing brain, and increased likelihood for major mental health disorders. Think about your personal risks and if you choose to use cannabis, learn about safer ways to use.

Know the law! Be aware that each town and province across Canada can have different by-laws and laws related to cannabis. Know the municipal, provincial, federal cannabis laws before you buy, possess, or consume it.

Canada has set rules about buying, possessing, and growing cannabis.

Ontario has set rules about where it can be used or purchased, as well as other regulations.  

For more information explore the cannabis topics on the left.

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