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The Government of Canada is getting much closer to the legalization of recreational cannabis throughout the country.  As such, there is much work to be done to help educate citizens on the currently illegal drug that has held a stigma for so long.  One group in Canada is hoping to give teachers a helping hand by providing a cannabis education “toolkit”.

To help educators and parents in informing young people on cannabis, the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is releasing a “toolkit” targeted to give youth a realistic and evidence-based education.  The grassroots network is hoping to support adults in “having informed and non-judgmental conversations with young people about cannabis.”

The CSSDP believes that as Canada is adjusting their regulations on cannabis, it provides an opportunity to revise the approach taken on educating youth on the drug.

“Given that cannabis remains the most popular illegal drug consumed by young people in Canada, as well as Canada’s pending legalization and regulation of cannabis, the development of new cannabis education for youth is of critical importance and a key aspect of developing young people’s health literacy,” said the CSSDP.

The toolkit provides parents and educators with a chance to not only familiarize themselves with the substance but also includes prevention and harm reduction strategies.  The program is broken up into sections that focus on everything from delivery and implementation of cannabis to its use and effects.  Most importantly, the kit addresses unfounded claims and offers evidence-based information.

You can read the Sensible Cannabis Education Toolkit yourself on the CSSDP