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

Personal cultivation as described by the proposed Cannabis Act (2017) will permit adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household. However, indoor cultivation and processing of cannabis may also introduce or exacerbate certain environmental health risks in the home.

Although this information may be of relevance to the public at large, the evidence presented here has been synthesized and organized for policy- and decision-makers, environmental and medical health officers, and other public health professionals. This review thus serves as a launching point for considering both wide-scale and regionally oriented preventive actions to mitigate the environmental health risks that may arise from growing at home.

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Cannabis Resources for Environmental Health Practitioners

Legalization of cannabis in 2018 will bring many challenges, ranging from the difficulties of quickly establishing regulatory frameworks to the unknown consequences of widespread availability of this substance. This topic page provides key resources on various aspects of cannabis regulation and is intended to help environmental health practitioners understand the guiding principles and public health objectives being used to develop cannabis policy.

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March 29 eJournal Club on Cannabis: Register Now

The NCCEH eJournal Club is a series of informal hour-long sessions discussing and appraising articles relating to environmental health. On Thursday March 29th, join the conversation taking place on the 2017 paper, Prevalence of problematic cannabis use in Canada: Cross-sectional findings from the 2013 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey.

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Updates from the NCCs

  • TOPHC 2018
    The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health are participating in The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) in Toronto from today through Friday. Join us for these NCC presentations, visit our outreach booth, and follow our tweets throughout the conference using the hashtag #TOPHC2018.
  • National Forum Focused on Eliminating TB in Northern Indigenous Communities
    The NCC for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), with support from Aboriginal Health (NCCAH), Determinants of Health (NCCDH), and Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP), organized an in-person event to learn about the historical context and lived experience of those infected and affected by TB, and explore collaborative opportunities to end TB in the north.
  • Apply to be a Health Equity Practice Site
    The NCC for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is recruiting three public health departments to act as practice sites for its upcoming 20-month project about organizational capacity for health equity action in public health (project overview). The application deadline is April 13.

Healthy Schools Day: April 3

  • For Healthy Schools Day 2018, the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE) is working with the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) to bring awareness to radon, a confirmed cancer risk that can be present in schools and child care environments.

Registration Opens for Public Health 2018

  • Registration is now open for Public Health 2018, the annual national conference hosted by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). Early Bird rates are available until April 6.

CIPHI Ontario 2018: Call for Abstracts

  • In preparation for their annual conference later this year, CIPHI Ontario is seeking speaker and poster abstracts that are tailored to modernizing public health practice to help meet the challenges of the 21st century. The submission deadline is April 6.

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