Cannabis & Youth in Alberta: Resources & Information for Caregivers

UPDATE October 15, 2018

Message From Rae-Ann Lajeunesse ADM, Children Services, Child Intervention

On October 17, 2018, cannabis will be legalized across Canada. While the use of cannabis may be legal after this date, there are implications we all must consider, especially in our work keeping families together and children safe.

As partners in service delivery, and the actual caregivers for children in care, there is a particular role for you as well.

I encourage you to learn more about the Alberta Cannabis Framework and legislation, available at www.alberta.ca/cannabis-framework.aspx, which outlines the legal parameters for safe and responsible use of cannabis in Alberta.

I have attached the following Q&A document pertaining to the legalization of cannabis and our policies around safe environments in homes:

  • Cannabis QA – Caregivers– Includes background information on legalization and the implications to legalization caregivers should be aware of.

The legalization of cannabis does not change the environmental safety requirements for foster and kinship caregivers in their homes. This includes the safe storage of potentially hazardous materials and maintaining a smoke-free environment. Policy and the Environmental Safety Assessment checklist are being updated to reflect the addition of Cannabis and Cannabis products.

You may also wish to review the Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies, available at www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/CCSA-Cannabis-Communication-Guide-2018-en.pdf. This is a new communications guide with the tools to talk effectively to youth about cannabis produced by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

We have asked caseworkers and support workers to also share this information with kinship and foster caregivers that they work with, so you may receive this information more than once.

With legalization, there are bound to be unique and unexpected situations that arise. If you encounter an issue and you are unsure how to manage it, please direct those questions to your support worker or the child’s worker and then will ensure that you receive the information that you need. We will be tracking these queries to help us determine further areas of clarification.

Rae-Ann Lajeunesse

ADM, Children Services, Child Intervention

Alberta Government Resources
Q&A document pertaining to the legalization of cannabis and our policies around safe environments in homes: Cannabis QA – Caregivers– Includes background information on legalization and the implications to legalization caregivers should be aware of.
Alberta Health Services drugsafe.ca
Information on the health risks associated with the use of cannabis and other harm reduction resources for parents, caregivers, educators, and health professionals,
Alberta Cannabis Framework and legislation
Includes links to but not limited to:
Minimum age
Buying cannabis
Possessing cannabis
Drug-impaired driving
Impairment in workplaces
Fact Sheet
The Future of Cannabis in Alberta
Resources
Information for tenants (PDF, 388 KB)
Information for landlords
(PDF, 489 KB)

Additional Resources
ALIGN Association Resource Directory
OHS Cannabis In The Workplace

Government of Canada
Cannabis in Canada
Health effects of cannabis
Talking with teenagers about drugs
Don’t drive high

CAMH
Canada’s lower-risk cannabis use guidelines

Drugfreekidscanada
How to talk to your kids about cannabis

CCSA Canada
Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies.
The guide takes a harm reduction approach and provides a basis for communicating accurate information on cannabis. This information will support young people in making informed decisions about their cannabis use. Also view Let’s talk cannabis

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