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Feds take new steps to warn about the hazards of getting high with $15M investment into community programs

Last Updated Jun 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm EDT

FILE - A man smokes marijuana to celebrate the legalization of recreational cannabis, in Vancouver, on Wednesday October 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

The federal government is investing $15-million in community-based education about the risks of pot use


The money will be split between 13 organizations for community-based programs


The programs will target young people, pregnant and breastfeeding women, other at-risk segments of the population


OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau government is pumping $15-million into community-based education about the risks of marijuana use.

It’s the latest move from the federal government, which is ramping up its efforts to warn people about the risks of weed.

“To ensure that everyone gets the facts regarding cannabis use,” Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said.

The funding will be split between 13 organizations to run programs targeting young people, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and other at-risk segments of the population

“On cannabis public education and awareness, prevention, and harm-reduction initiatives in communities right across Canada,” Petitpas Taylor added. “We want Canadians to make the smart choices.”

The money will help frontline workers get the tools, resources, and training needed to run these programs.

“Aimed at preventing and treating substance use, supporting community-led projects that raise awareness about the risks associated to cannabis use.”

The minister says the on-the-ground work will compliment the national advertising campaign already underway from the government.

The Boys and Girls Club, the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are just some of the organizations that will benefit from the funding.