Results from the public survey clearly showed that ensuring cannabis is inaccessible by children and youth is of high importance to residents.
We heard from respondents that public education and awareness is a priority for minimizing the risks and harms associated with cannabis use.
Respondents said the Government of Saskatchewan should focus on responsible use campaigns, public education in schools and universities, retail stores, and medical offices to ensure that the public has the information needed to make responsible and healthy choices about cannabis use.
The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the importance of public education and awareness in reducing risks and harms associated with cannabis use, and protecting the safety of the public.
All provinces, territories, and the federal government share these objectives.
Saskatchewan is working collaboratively with other jurisdictions and partner organizations on the development of clear, consistent and credible public education materials.
Partners plan to focus on areas such as impaired driving, and the information needs of higher risk populations (including children, young adults, pregnant women, and individuals at increased risk of developing mental illness).
The Government of Saskatchewan will publish online information about the risks associated with cannabis use, including resources to help the public answer questions about cannabis.
These resources will expand significantly over the coming months as more information becomes available, and will be updated regularly.
This online source will be used to keep the public informed about Saskatchewan’s cannabis framework and risks associated with cannabis use.
Use in public space
Similar to smoking cigarettes, consuming cannabis in public places will be prohibited for public health considerations.
The majority of respondents believe that cannabis consumption should be prohibited in public spaces. Regulations will restrict cannabis consumption in public spaces and around minors.