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Cannabis Resources for Environmental Health Practitioners

This topic page is intended to help environmental health practitioners understand the guiding principles and public health objectives being used to develop cannabis policy, both federally and across the provinces and territories. It also provides key resources describing the “lessons learned” in non-Canadian jurisdictions with legalized cannabis, as well as information regarding environmental...

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Growing Cannabis Safely at Home

Video Transcript As of 2018, it became legal for Canadians to grow up to 4 cannabis plants per household. Having cannabis plants in a home poses risks but there are ways to grow more safely. Children, pets, and even adults are at risk of poisoning during cultivation processing and waste disposal. Poison control center data tells us that kids and pets are just as likely to eat unfinished joints...

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Fact sheet: Environmental Health Risks of Personal Cannabis Cultivation

Personal cultivation as described by the Cannabis Act (2017) will permit adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household as of October 17, 2018. The Canadian Federal government will be responsible for regulating and enforcing industry-wide standards for commercial producers, while the provinces and territories will be responsible for overseeing the distribution and sale of cannabis...

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March 2018 Environmental Health Research Scan

Full Scan  The attached PDF version of the Research Scan has over 100 references and is broken into over 30 categories. Editor’s Picks After searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the scan, our librarian picks the ones she feels may be especially interesting to our stakeholders.  Her “Editor Picks” for March 2018 include: Wildfires, emergency preparedness, and the importance of...

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April 2018 Environmental Health Research Scan

Full Scan The attached PDF version of the Research Scan has over 100 references and is broken into over 30 categories. Editor’s Picks After searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the scan, our librarian picks the ones she feels may be especially interesting to our stakeholders.  Her “Editor Picks” for April 2018 include: The built environment: Understanding how physical...

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February 2018 Environmental Health Research Scan

Full Scan The attached PDF version of the Research Scan has over 100 references and is broken into over 30 categories. Editor’s Picks After searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the scan, our librarian picks the ones she feels may be especially interesting to our stakeholders.  Her “Editor Picks” for February 2018 include: A review of the experimental evidence on the...

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January 2018 Environmental Health Research Scan

Full Scan The attached PDF version of the Research Scan has over 100 references and is broken into over 30 categories. Editor’s Picks After searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the scan, our librarian picks the ones she feels may be especially interesting to our stakeholders.  Her “Editor Picks” for January 2018 include: Adverse effects after medical, commercial, or self-...

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Workshops Presentations

Growing at Home: Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation

This presentation is based on an NCCEH Evidence Review titled Growing at Home: Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation, which you can access here. A two page factsheet was also developed which is available here. Multiple versions of this presentation were given between May 2018 and March 2019 to various stakeholder groups including: CIPHI National, CIPHI Manitoba, CIPHI...

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Environmental Health Seminar - BCIT Student Research Projects

Topics: Cannabis, Food 

The NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online. This seminar highlighted three student research projects from the BCIT Environmental Health Program. Titles: Prevalence of Listeria in produce: Comparing the total number of food recalls from the...

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Calls to the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre on the Cusp of Cannabis Legalization

Topics: Cannabis 

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online. Presenter: Tissa Rahim, Project Coordinator, BC Centre for Disease Control Under legalization of cannabis in the United States poison centres reported an increase in calls about cannabis...

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BCIT Environmental Health Student Presentations 2018

Topics: Cannabis, Food, Mould 

  The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.   The June 29, 2018 Environmental Health Seminar highlighted three student research projects from the BCIT Environmental Health program:    Presentation 1: An Evaluation of the Knowledge...

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Event

Growing at Home – Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation

This webinar is presented as part of the CPHA Cannabis Webinar Series. Personal cultivation as described by the Cannabis Act (2017) permits adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household. This provision is intended to both promote equity by facilitating access to legal cannabis, particularly when retail outlets are difficult to access, and to undercut the black market. However,...

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NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar

The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health invites you to attend the upcoming Environmental Health Seminar, which will highlight three student research projects from the BCIT Environmental Health program.    Seminar details   Presentation 1: An Evaluation of the Knowledge and Practices of Metro Vancouver Residents Regarding Mould Speaker: Chloe LeTourneau-Paci, Student, BCIT...

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The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC)

TOPHC 2019 will explore how strategy, leadership and practice align to address changes in the public health sector. Discover tools and approaches to move knowledge into practice, refresh your knowledge at thought-provoking sessions and collaborate with colleagues motivated to build healthier and more sustainable communities. 

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Public Health Ontario (PHO) - Grand Rounds: Municipalities and the Legalization of Cannabis

Topics: Cannabis ON, Canada 

The upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis will have implications for municipal governments, their communities and for public health. This session addresses topical issues related to anticipated recreational cannabis legalization from public health and municipal perspectives. From a municipal perspective, Craig Reid will discuss expected local impacts due to implementation, including...

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Cannabis Edibles Roles & Responsibilities in Regional Health Authorities

The NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online. Presenter: Carrie Cotton, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health On October 17, 2019 the Cannabis Regulations amendments came into force providing rules governing the legal production and sale...

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Calls to the British Columbia Drug and Poison Information Centre on the Cusp of Cannabis Legalization

Topics: Cannabis General, Canada 

Poison centres in US States where cannabis was legalized or decriminalized reported an increase in calls about cannabis exposures compared to poison centres in states where cannabis remained illegal during both the lead up to and just after legalization/decriminalization. We queried whether similar increases occurred in BC. The BC Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC) received almost triple...

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Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines: New Tools for Professionals

Topics: Cannabis General, Canada 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have teamed up to develop a new set of tools to support professionals to promote the use of the guidelines.  These include a slide deck, FAQs, poster and evidence summary. The guidelines include 10 recommendations on reducing risks associated with cannabis use, based on the best available scientific...

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Growing at Home – Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation

Topics: Cannabis General, Canada 

Personal cultivation as described by the Cannabis Act (2017) permits adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household. This provision is intended to promote equity by facilitating access to legal cannabis, ultimately destabilizing the black market. The indoor cultivation and processing of cannabis may also introduce or exacerbate certain environmental health risks in the home.   ...

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Using Poison Centre Data as a Potential Surveillance Data Source

Poison centres receive and document calls from the public and professionals about exposure to a variety of substances. We identified over 1200 calls from BC residents related to exposure to cannabis received at the BC poison centre over the period between the years of 2013-2016. Calls about cannabis have increased since 2013, especially for children and older adults living outside Vancouver....

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Conducting a Health Impact Assessment on Marijuana Legislation in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Health has conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) around potential health impacts of marijuana regulation. HIAs are a tools in investigating the effects of policy and planning decisions on health outcomes, and making recommendations to optimize potential positive health impacts and mitigate potential negative health impacts.  This presentation will review the...

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