Quebec

Quebec Cannabis legislation

AN APPROACH FOCUSED on public health and safety

Since the federal Act to provide legal access to cannabis was tabled in April 2017, analyses carried out by the Government of Québec have shown that the introduction of this type of legislation would generate a number of complex issues for Québec. After numerous consultations with experts and the public, the Government of Québec tabled its own act in November 2017.

The Government of Québec is aware of the importance of informing and educating the public about cannabis use.  It will take the necessary steps to remind people that cannabis use is not without risk and that it is important to know its effects and potential consequences.

  Quebec Cannabis 

Information Description and Composition

Description and Composition

Cannabis is a drug derived from the cannabis plant. The following are some ways cannabis is taken:

Cannabis can also be added to foods, often brownies, cookies, or chocolate.

Cannabis may be a natural drug, but that doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Using it may have adverse health effects. Cannabis contains over 560 different substances. We’ll look at two:

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main active ingredient in cannabis. It works by disrupting the nervous system of the person taking it.

The more THC there is in a product, the stronger its effects. But the average concentration of THC in cannabis has been rising continuously for decades. In 1960 it was 1%, while in 2014 it passed the 12% mark.

Increasing THC concentrations mainly stem from

  • Better selection of cannabis plants and strains
  • New cultivation methods
  • Crossbreeding

Final THC concentration also depends on the form of cannabis:

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol (CBD) is another substance found in cannabis. It seems to lack the disruptive properties of THC, but researchers have recently taken a particular interest in CBD for its therapeutic potential.

CBD concentrations have however been declining steadily, relative to THC, since the early 2000s, upsetting the balance between the two substances. Some experts have suggested that CBD may influence the action of THC. Specifically, it may tend to reduce the likelihood or severity of possible negative psychological effects from THC, such as anxiety, psychosis, or dependency.

How it Affects You

How it Affects You

Using cannabis disrupts the central nervous system, affecting how people who use it function and what they can do. Cannabis isn’t harmless, and it’s not just something else that’s out there. Using cannabis can be dangerous and have adverse effects on your health.

“High” then “stoned”

The main attraction of non-therapeutic cannabis use is the high—a kind of euphoria—caused by the THC. Occasional users tend to experience the main effects in two successive phases:

  • Phase 1, the high, beginning within minutes of inhalation or about an hour after ingestion:
    • Euphoria—a sense of satisfaction and well-being
    • Carefree mood
    • Increased sociability
    • Heightened experience of the senses
    • Impression of being more creative
    • Spontaneous laughter
  • Phase 2, being stoned, generally begins an hour or more after inhalation or six hours or more after ingestion:
    • Lethargy, slowed physical and mental functioning. This is caused by the elimination of THC from the body.

Effects on cognitive function

Cognitive function may be affected in both phases—high and stoned. Cognitive functions are those that depend on the brain, allowing us to communicate, perceive our surroundings, concentrate, remember, and learn. A person under the influence of cannabis might therefore experience the following:

  • Disruption of
    • Short- and medium-term memory
    • Attentiveness
    • Concentration
  • Impaired judgement
  • Slower reaction time

Inhalation of cannabis smoke or vapour affects cognitive abilities very rapidly. The effect peaks in roughly 30 minutes and generally takes less than six hours to fade. Other ways of using cannabis tend to have longer-lasting but more limited effects on cognitive functioning.

A key aspect of short-term cognitive impairments is how they increase the risk of accidents if the person tries to drive.

The law of effect

The experience of using a drug is influenced by many factors—the user’s physiology and mood, the substance used, and the context they use it in. These things combine together into associations that are subject to the law of effect.

The effects of cannabis vary enormously from one user to the next, in response to external parameters such as

  • The form used (e.g., marijuana, hashish, dabs)
  • The dose taken
  • The concentrations of THC and CBD in the preparation used
  • The method of administration (i.e., inhalation or ingestion)
  • The user’s experience
  • The user’s physical and mental state
  • Social context (e.g., alone at home, with others at a party)
  • Alcohol, other drugs, or medications used with cannabis, which can amplify the effects

Health Risks of Cannabis Use

Health Risks of Cannabis Use

Knowledge about cannabis and its impacts is constantly evolving. The majority of people who use cannabis do not suffer any negative consequences. However, various factors seem to contribute to negative effects in some people.

Risk factors

Although problems may occur for first-time cannabis users, issues related to physical and mental health mainly arise as a result of repeated use over several months or years. Accidents and injuries, on the other hand, may occur as a result of one-time or occasional use. Certain factors can increase or reduce a cannabis user’s risk of being negatively affected:

  • A personal or family history of mental health issues such as psychosis and bipolar disorder
  • Frequency of use: Regular use (once a week or more) is often linked to increased risk of health problems
  • Type of product used: Products with higher THC content may be more harmful
  • The age at which a person starts to use cannabis: use during adolescence is generally associated with an increased risk of negative effects
  • The circumstances of use, for example:
    • When cannabis is combined with other substances such as alcohol or medications
    • When an individual has personal responsibilities such as work or the supervision of children
  • The method of use: Smoking cannabis appears to be more risky than other methods of use, although poisoning from foods containing cannabis is common among inexperienced users.

However, caution should be exercised before attributing the cause of a health problem to cannabis use. It is possible that the problem:

Based on these factors, it is difficult to predict whether or not an individual will experience significant problems after using cannabis. Most experts agree that cannabis use is never 100% safe.

Risks to cognitive abilities

The health risks and negative health impacts of cannabis use stem from its effects on cognitive abilities, such as:

  • Judgement
  • Attention span
  • Memory
  • The ability to make decisions

These effects can impact daily activities such as:

  • Driving a car
  • Work
  • Learning activities
  • Other situations that require coordination and speed

Cannabis begins to take effect within minutes of being inhaled, and a little later if ingested. The effects often last for several hours and are usually reversible. Some studies suggest that reduced cognitive function may persist longer in the event of sustained and repeated use, especially if it begins in adolescence.

Physical health risks

Cannabis use can exacerbate some existing health problems, such as chronic diseases:

  • Cannabis use increases the heart rate and can alter its rhythm. It also increases blood pressure.
  • Inhaling cannabis smoke can aggravate existing respiratory diseases and even promote disease onset.
  • Like tobacco smoke, cannabis smoke contains a number of substances that are harmful to your health, including some carcinogens.
  • However, the most recent scientific studies do not prove that the risk of developing lung, throat, or neck cancer is higher among cannabis users.

Mental health risks

Psychotic symptoms

Individuals who are under the influence of cannabis may experience psychotic symptoms such as:

  • Hallucinations with false visual, auditory, and/or tactile perceptions
  • Paranoid ideas that seem detached from reality

In most cases, these psychotic experiences are limited to when the person is intoxicated and disappear on their own. Other individuals may experience persistent, long-term, and much more serious symptoms. According to experts, cannabis use does not cause psychotic disorders, but it can be a contributing factor for some people.

Depression

Individuals who regularly use cannabis may show a lack of interest in activities other than using cannabis (studies, work, leisure, etc.). They may also experience symptoms of depression, for example:

  • Deep sadness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Sense of worthlessness

Some individuals with depression may be tempted to use cannabis to relieve their symptoms. To date, scientific evidence has not shown that cannabis is effective in treating depression. Using it for this purpose is not recommended.

Anxiety

Some studies suggest that cannabis users experience symptoms of anxiety more frequently than non-users However, it is difficult to predict whether or not cannabis will influence their anxiety levels. Some people may experience panic attacks when they use cannabis, while others find it relaxing.

Problematic cannabis use

Cannabis use can be problematic if people lose control of their use and suffer negative consequences in various spheres of their life as a result. Some people may become addicted to cannabis, as it is the case with other substances. Individuals may:

  • Develop a tolerance to the substance (i.e., need to use more to feel the same effect)
  • Experience withdrawal symptoms when they reduce or stop use
  • Have a strong desire to use
  • Be unable to stop using
  • Spend a significant portion of their time buying or using cannabis or recovering from cannabis use
  • Use repeatedly in such a way that it prevents them from fulfilling important obligations at work, school, or home
  • Use despite personal and/or social problems related to use
  • Reduce or give up social, professional, or leisure activities as a result of use

About 1 in 11 people who use cannabis will develop a problematic use of cannabis in their lifetime. Among adolescents, 1 in 6 users will develop addiction problematic use. Use of and addiction to other products including alcohol and tobacco are more common among cannabis users.

Research has also established the existence of a cannabis withdrawal syndrome. It occurs when regular cannabis users significantly reduce or stop cannabis use. Symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Sleep problems, which may last a number of weeks after stopping use

Risks for pregnant women

Using cannabis during pregnancy could have negative effects on the unborn child. There is some evidence to suggest that cannabis may affect childhood growth and cognitive development. In some cases, the effects may only appear in adolescence.  There is currently no known safe threshold for cannabis use during pregnancy. Based on the scientific data, pregnant women should avoid using cannabis.

For more information, visit the Alcohol or Other Drug Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding page on the Portail Santé mieux-être.

Advice for Parents of Teenagers and Young Adults

Advice for Parents of Teenagers and Young Adults

As the parent of a teen or a young adult, you may be concerned about the federal government’s decision to legalize cannabis by July 1.

Just because cannabis will be legal does not mean the drug is harmless. There are a number of risks for youth who consume cannabis. Legalization can be an opportunity for you to talk to your child about drugs and alcohol.

Your Teen and Cannabis

Adolescence is a time of many changes that can include an increased interest in new experiences such experimenting with alcohol or other drugs such as cannabis. For most young people, this period of experimentation is brief and it is not a major focus in their lives.

The main reasons teens try cannabis are:

  • Out of curiosity
  • To fit in with their friends
  • During social events
  • For fun and the effects it causes (the buzz)
  • To deal with stress or problems

For most young people, trying alcohol or drugs is a temporary phase and does not disrupt their life. Often, the cost and effects of the drugs—as well as concerns about the potential consequences and health effects—are enough to keep young people’s consumption in check.

Contrary to what some teens believe, most adolescents do not use cannabis. The 2014–2015 Québec Population Health Survey shows that about 30% of youth age 15–17 use cannabis at least once per year. In most cases, they just experiment with it or use it occasionally. Discussing this information with your teen can help them realize that using cannabis is not the norm and help them resist peer pressure.

Talking to your Teen or Young Adult about Cannabis

No matter what your child’s age, talking to them about cannabis can be difficult. But it is the best way to help them make informed decisions. Here are some tips for getting the discussion started.

Be prepared for the discussion

  • Get the facts about cannabis (its composition, effects, and possible health impacts) and, if you like, the reasons for its legalization. Stick to objective information from reliable sources.
  • Take time to think about the issues that concern you and that might influence your child:
    • Your opinion about cannabis consumption
    • Your own consumption habits
    • The messages your child has received in the past and those you want to pass onto them in the future
  • Take time to think about your child’s situation:
    • The reasons why they may or may not use cannabis
    • The situation(s) in which they might use it
    • Their interests and hobbies
    • Healthy activities that interest them or could interest them
  • Try not to have any preconceived ideas about their perceptions and experiences with regard to cannabis.

Find the right time

  • Find an occasion when the atmosphere is relaxed and you and your child have time and are open to discussion
  • Tell your child you want to talk about cannabis legalization or the consumption of alcohol or other drugs. There are many ways you can approach the issues. For instance:
    • “People are talking a lot about the legalization of cannabis,” or, “I’ve heard that some young people smoke cannabis.”
    • “I’d like to talk about it with you because I think it’s important.”
    • “Do you want to talk about it? When would you like us to talk about it?”

Listen to your child and keep an open mind

  • Once your child has agreed to talk about the subject, you can keep the discussion going with open-ended questions. For example: “What do you know about the legalization of cannabis,” or, “What do your friends and classmates think about cannabis consumption?”
  • Ask your child’s opinion and acknowledge their point of view. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything they say, but try to avoid making judgements. If opening up means a lecture from you, your child will be less likely to talk to you another time.
  • Keep an open mind and listen. Make sure they see that you are truly listening. Keep a positive attitude. Young people are more inclined to have a discussion when they feel like they are being listened to.
  • Give your child the opportunity to talk about their situation and express their feelings. Ask questions that encourage them to think and express their feelings and point of view. For instance:
    • “How do you feel when that happens?”
    • “Why do you think that?”
    • “What are you worried about?”

Addressing the subject of alcohol and other drugs

  • Talk to your child about ways of dealing with peer pressure. That can include teaching them how to say no. Many youths don’t realize that simply saying “no thanks” or “I’m just not into it” are great and effective ways of saying no.
  • Help your child learn about the effects of cannabis, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Tell them that you are open to talking about it again.
  • Stay present in your child’s development. Your relationship with your child is different than their relationship with their friends. Your attitudes can help them make informed choices. For more advice, visit the Alcohol Consumption, Drug Use and Gambling: Helping Teenagers page of the Portail santé mieux-être.

If your Child Uses Cannabis

  • Don’t be afraid to take the lead when you have something to say to your child. Bring up the subject with them when you are both calm and not under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Tell your child that you are worried about their well-being and that you want to make sure they have accurate and up-to-date information about the health and safety risks of using cannabis.
  • Find out what or who prompted your child to use cannabis. For instance:
    • The fact that their friends use it and they want to fit in
    • The feeling that cannabis causes
    • The fact that it was available at a social event (e.g., a party or an evening with friends)
    • The fact that they use it to deal with stress or problems
  • It may also be useful to know how often your child uses cannabis. It is important to understand the difference between a youth who uses cannabis from time to time and one who has a substance abuse problem. To find out more about the types of consumption, visit the Alcohol Consumption, Drug Use and Gambling: Helping Teenagers page of the Portail santé mieux-être.
  • If your child uses cannabis on a regular or occasional basis it is useful to talk to them about lower risk consumption to themselves and others.

Lower Risk Consumption

Whether your child is a teen or a young adult, talk to them about how to reduce the potentially negative consequences of using cannabis and discuss the recommendations for reducing the risks of cannabis consumption.

Keep in mind that if there is a history of mental health issues in your family and your child has a history of mental health issues they should not consume cannabis.

Your Influence as a Parent

Some parents think their child barely listens to or completely disregards what they say. In the 2010–2011 Québec Health Survey of High School Students young people said that their parents have the biggest influence on their lives and their decisions, even more so than their friends. If you don’t approve of your child’s cannabis use and you tell them so, you will probably have an impact on them. If you do approve, and you say so, you will also have an impact. Even if your child doesn’t say it, your opinion is important to them. You will influence their future choices and attitudes. Don’t forget that your child is looking for reference points. Your attitude as a parent is crucial.

You will find more advice for helping your teen make informed choices on the Portail santé mieux-être.

Why Legalize and Regulate Cannabis

Cannabis is currently an illegal drug. The purpose of prohibition, or a ban on producing, selling, and consuming a substance, is to reduce the supply and the demand. In the case of cannabis, prohibition has not had the desired effect. Despite prohibition, cannabis is still being consumed. As a result, it is preferable to regulate every step of the process, from the production to the sale of cannabis, to better protect the public.

Cannabis is not being legalized because it is harmless or good for your health. Quite the opposite—because cannabis poses health and safety risks, the government wants to regulate its composition, its quality, and other aspects in order to minimize the risks.

The legalization of cannabis is not an incentive for consumption. It must not send a message trivializing or normalizing the substance. Instead, it aims to direct consumers to a safer, legal market without stimulating demand. The legalization of cannabis establishes conditions for providing accurate information about its composition and effects, the risks associated with it, and ways of reducing those risks.

Need help

For years, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux of Québec has produced an information and awareness campaign (in French) aimed at warning youth about the risks and consequences of consuming alcohol and other drugs and gambling.

If you want help or more information on the consumption of cannabis, alcohol, or other drugs, responders are available to help, listen, and offer solutions without any judgement, no matter what type of consumption your child is engaging in. Visit the Portail santé mieux-être to find a resource.

Risks of Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis

Risks of Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis

As with alcohol, drivers must not get behind the wheel if they have used cannabis because its effects on the brain can impair their ability to drive.

The effects of cannabis vary according to a number of factors and can last for several hours after consumption. Cannabis severely affects our perceptual and psychomotor functions, which are essential for driving. For example, drivers whose faculties are impaired due to cannabis may have:

  • Difficulty concentrating and staying focused on the road environment (e.g., failing to obey road signs)
  • Longer reaction times and slower reflexes (e.g., taking longer to brake)
  • A reduced ability to properly assess their surroundings
  • Difficulty maintaining a straight course
  • Coordination problems
  • Impaired judgement

People who drive under the influence of cannabis are almost twice as likely to have an accident as those who have not used the drug. Drivers who consume alcohol and cannabis together have a much higher risk of causing an accident.

To learn more about the risks of cannabis use and driving, visit the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) website.

The Cannabis ACT

Federal Bill

The Canadian government tabled Bill C-45 to provide legal access to cannabis on April 13, 2017. The purpose of the bill is to control and regulate the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada.

Generally speaking, the bill aims to:

  • Prevent young people from accessing cannabis
  • Protect public health and safety by establishing strict product safety and product quality requirements
  • Deter criminal activity by imposing serious criminal penalties for people who break the law
  • Reduce the burden on the criminal justice system in relation to cannabis

The bill, if adopted by the federal parliament, is scheduled to come into force in the summer of 2018. In the meantime, and while the legislative process is underway, cannabis will continue to be illegal in Canada, except when used for medical purposes in compliance with the appropriate conditions.

The federal government will be responsible for creating and maintaining a strict national framework by:

  • Regulating production
  • Adopting health and safety standards
  • Developing criminal prohibitions

Provincial and territorial governments will be responsible for:

  • Prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Public safety, including road safety
  • Workplace management
  • Distribution, sales, and compliance with regulations
  • Permit granting
  • Cannabis distribution and sales monitoring in compliance with minimum federal standards

Québec, like other provinces, will have the freedom to adapt certain provisions.

  Quebec Public Consultation  

About

Public consultations on the regulation of cannabis took place from August 21 to September 12, 2017. Thank you to the many people who shared their opinions.

Further to the federal government’s decision to legalize cannabis and to the bill tabled on April 13, 2017, the Government of Québec is launching a process of consultation and dialogue that will result in a framework bill to be tabled in Fall 2017.

In addition to the Forum of Experts on Regulation of Cannabis in Québec on June 19 and 20, 2017, the Government of Québec is also planning:

  • Public consultations in various regions of Québec from August 22 to September 12, 2017
  • An online consultation from August 21 to September 12, 2017, giving the individuals and representatives of organizations the chance to:
    • answer a questionnaire
    • make a submission

The objectives of these consultations are:

  • To hear what the various organizations affected by the issues arising from cannabis regulation have to say
  • To hear what the individuals have to say about the important cannabis regulation decisions to be taken in Québec

Your participation is important. Make your voice heard!

Register for a Regional Consultation

Register for a Regional Consultation

Public consultations on the regulation of cannabis took place from August 21 to September 12, 2017. Thank you to the many people who shared their opinions.

Regional consultations will be held August 22 to September 12, 2017, in Rimouski, Québec, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Granby, Montréal, and Gatineau.

You can participate in a consultation as an individual or as a representative of an organization. To register, view the calendar of regional consultations.

Individuals

Individuals will be grouped according to the topic they chose when they registered and will take part in round-table discussions.

Only Québec residents can register for the consultations. If you register as an individual, you must speak for yourself, not as a representative of an organization. Moreover, since the discussions will take place simultaneously, you will be able to speak about 1 topic only. Therefore, each individual can register only once.

See the session agenda section for full details about the consultation sessions.

Representatives of organizations

In turns, representatives of organizations will be invited to present their concerns individually. They may be accompanied, if they wish, by a maximum of 2 persons. However, only one representative per organization may present.

To participate in the regional consultations, you must:

  • Register for a session
  • Make a submission. You must submit your brief before the regional consultation you wish to participate in to confirm your registration. Organizations that have not submitted their briefs will not be invited to the consultation sessions.

If you register as a representative of an organization, your stance must reflect that of your organization, not your personal point of view.

Registration for consultations is reserved for organizations established in Québec. For enterprises, they must be registered in the Québec enterprise register.

In the event there are too many participants registered, some may be selected, based on the organizations registered, to ensure they are as representative as possible. Organizations that are not accepted will be invited to give their opinions through the online consultation or, if they have not already done so, by submitting their briefs online.

See the session agenda for full details about the consultation agenda.

Calendar of Regional Consultations

Past Events

August 22, 2017
Regional Consultation on Regulation of Cannabis (Rimouski)Hôtel Le Navigateur
130, avenue Belzile
Inscriptions until August 22, 2017 (organizations and individuals)
Consult the schedule of the day.
Ended
August 24, 2017
Regional Consultation on Regulation of Cannabis (Québec)Hôtel Delta Québec
690, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Inscriptions until August 24, 2017 (individuals and organizations)
Consult the schedule of the day.
Ended
August 29, 2017
Regional Consultation on Regulation of Cannabis (Saguenay)Hôtel et Centre de congrès La Saguenéenne
250, rue des Saguenéens
Inscriptions until August 29, 2017 (organizations and individuals)
Consult the schedule of the day.
Ended
August 31, 2017
Regional Consultation on Regulation of Cannabis (Trois-Rivières)Hôtel Gouverneur Trois-Rivières
975, rue Hart
Inscriptions until August 31, 2017 (organizations and individuals)
Consult the schedule of the day.
Ended
September 1, 2017
Regional Consultation on Regulation of Cannabis (Granby) Hôtel Castel et Centre des congrès
901, rue Principale
Inscriptions until September 1, 2017 (organizations and individuals)
Consult the schedule of the day.
Ended
September 7, 2017 to September 8, 2017
Consultation régionale sur l’encadrement du cannabis (Montréal)Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Inscriptions until August 23, 2017 (organizations)
and September 7, 2017 (individuals)
Consult the schedule of the day.
Ended
September 12, 2017
Consultation régionale sur l’encadrement du cannabis (Gatineau) Ramada Plaza
75, rue d’Edmonton
Inscriptions until September 12, 2017 (organizations and individuals)
Consult the schedule of the day.
Ended

Session agenda

Note that media may be present on site.

Individuals component

Individuals’ discussions will take approximately 1 hour. A spokesperson at each table will present a summary of the discussion to the Minister and the other participants.

Expected schedule

5:30 p.m.

Welcoming of participants

6 p.m.

Opening remarks by Ms. Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living

Round-table discussions

Plenary: Presentation by each spokesperson of a summary of the round-table discussions

Closing remarks by Ms. Charlebois

Consultation length will depend on the number of people registered.

We encourage you to be at the designated location for the consultation at 5:30 p.m.

Topics covered

You will have the option of speaking about one of the following 3 topics:

Topic 1: Prevention, awareness, and health effects

  • Minimizing the negative consequences of cannabis use
  • Minors’ access to cannabis
  • Society’s cannabis and alcohol use
  • Prevention of cannabis use and the negative consequences, especially among young people
  • Problems associated with cannabis and increased used
  • Informing the public

Topic 2: Cannabis marketing and use sites

Topic 3: Safety

  • Road safety
  • Legal treatment and offences
  • Compliance with future regulations
  • Combating smuggling

Organizations component

We ask you to arrive at the regional consultation at the time indicated for the reception of the participants. The length of each presentation will vary from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the number of organizations registered. The time available will be indicated in the schedule, which will be posted online a few days before the consultation. You will receive an email informing you of your presentation time.

Only representatives of organizations that are registered for a consultation session and have submitted their briefs before the deadline will be able to participate in the regional consultations. For more information, see the Representatives of organizations section.

Give your opinion online

Give your opinion online

Public consultations on the regulation of cannabis took place from August 21 to September 12, 2017. Thank you to the many people who shared their opinions.

In the aim of consulting all Québec residents, the Government of Québec has developed an online survey to gather the public’s opinions and concerns on the regulation and legalization of cannabis.

Regardless of your age, if you live in Québec we encourage you to take approximately 20 minutes of your time to answer the survey questions on the regulation of cannabis in Québec. Your answers will be kept confidential.

The survey is divided into 3 sections on the following topics:

  • Prevention, education, and health effects
  • Cannabis marketing and use sites
  • Safety

To fuel your reflection, you can consult the Regulation of Cannabis in Québec, 2017 Consultation Document.

You have until 11:59 p.m., September 12, 2017, to complete the online survey.

Thank you for your input!

Make a submission (letter, brief, or other document)

Make a submission (letter, brief, or other document)

Public consultations on the regulation of cannabis took place from August 21 to September 12, 2017. Thank you to the many people who shared their opinions.

As part of the public consultation on cannabis regulation, the Government of Québec wants to hear what organizations and the individuals think. You can join the conversation by submitting your thoughts and concerns in writing. This can be a brief, a letter, or any other type of text.

To fuel your reflection, you can consult L’encadrement du cannabis au Québec, Document de consultation 2017 (English version to come), available in the Reference Material section.

Québec residents, associations or other groups can make submissions online. You can also give your opinion on cannabis regulation by participating in the online public consultation.

Keep In Mind

  • Your submission must be no longer than 10 pages. All submissions over 10 pages will be rejected.
  • You must use the PDF, DOC, or DOCX file formats.
  • Your file must not exceed 10 MB.
  • Only one submission per person or organization will be accepted.
  • No anonymous documents will be accepted.
  • The Government of Québec  reserves the right to reject any submissions that:
    • are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, or disparaging
    • constitute advertising in any form whatsoever (this includes comments that promote products or services)
    • are off topic
    • contain confidential information, such as personal information

Deadline for submissions

You must make your submission by September 12, 2017.

If you belong to an organization registered for a regional consultation, you must forward your submission before the regional consultation you want to participate in, to confirm your registration. Here are the deadlines for the regional consultations:

  • Rimouski – August 22, 2017
  • Québec – August 24, 2017
  • Saguenay – August 29, 2017
  • Trois-Rivières – August 31, 2017
  • Granby – September 1, 2017
  • Montréal – September 7, 2017
  • Gatineau – September 12, 2017