Islanders should know the facts – and avoid the fiction -- when it comes to the federal government’s legalization of recreational cannabis.
The provincial government’s new public awareness campaign “Just the Facts” (www.justthefactspei.ca) will bring Islanders information on the laws around cannabis, health risks, responsible use, how to talk to youth, and dangers of driving impaired. The campaign includes social media messages (using #justthefactspei), radio, newspaper, digital advertisements, posters, brochures, videos, and more, that will work to direct the public back to the website.
“Cannabis will soon be legal, so we will make sure Islanders have the information they need to make a fully informed choice,” said Finance Minister Heath MacDonald. “There is much false information out there concerning recreational cannabis; ‘Just the Facts’ ensures that all Islanders -- especially our youth -- get the most concise, accurate information from credible sources.”
Some of those facts include:
- the safest way to reduce your health risks is to not use cannabis;
- cannabis use has short-and long-term health and social risks;
- you must be 19 years old to buy, possess or grow cannabis in Prince Edward Island;
- adults 19+ can carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis;
- adults 19+ can use cannabis in a private home or yard with the owner’s permission;
- it is illegal to drive while impaired by cannabis;
- a household may grow up to four cannabis plants at one time;
- it is illegal to share cannabis with minors; and
- cannabis must be stored safely away from children.
Creating the “Just the Facts” campaign brought together health specialists, justice partners, educators, and many others. Federal resources, such as the Cannabis Talk Kit, will be distributed throughout the province, and information sessions are being planned for later this fall. These efforts aim to equip parents and teachers with tools to have meaningful discussions with young Islanders about the risks of cannabis use.
Targeted campaign messages will also be created for high-risk groups and those who should avoid cannabis use all together – such as pregnant women and people who suffer from addiction.
“As a government we are committed to public education and awareness about the potential consequences for the health and safety of Islanders who choose to use cannabis,” Minister MacDonald said. “In order to make informed choices, Islanders need the real facts about the cannabis use – and that’s what this campaign is all about.”
Recreational cannabis will become legal across Canada on October 17.