Sections 17 to 24 of the Federal Cannabis Act contain legislation regarding the promotion, advertising, or marketing of cannabis, cannabis accessories, and services related to cannabis.
It is important for youth to be informed of what is known about the harms of cannabis as cannabis use during adolescence can increase the risk of negative health outcomes and social harm.
Educating youth about substance use is important to help them develop skills and knowledge to make healthier choices. Even though vaping is considered to be less harmful than smoking, there are still risks for youth to consider.
Information about the types and risks associated with cannabis edibles
The law sets a minimum age of 19 to use, buy, possess and cultivate cannabis in Ontario. This is the same as the minimum age for tobacco and alcohol sales.
Youth and young adults (up to 25 years of age) are considered a high-risk group when it comes to cannabis use. Cannabis use can cause unpleasant, unwanted, or negative effects on mental and physical health, with both short and or long-term use.
In Ontario cannabis is legal for those over the age of 19, but is illegal for anyone under that age. This means that under-age users will turn to the black market, or “street” products. These products are not regulated or checked by anyone, and can contain substances other than cannabis. In many cases, street cannabis has been found to include many other drugs such as cocaine and fentanyl, which can put them at high risk of overdose.
One of the main reasons youth and teens will use a substance is peer pressure. It’s important to know that peer pressure can be in different forms. In some cases, it may result from their peers directly telling them they “should” use cannabis, or “must” use cannabis to fit in.