Partnerships for Cannabis Policy Evaluation - Newfoundland and Labrador

Cannabis plant


In 2018, the Government of Canada passed the Cannabis Act, making the sale of recreational cannabis legal, and binding it under a number of regulations. Each province quickly followed with its own legislation to regulate sale and consumption in their jurisdiction.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador designed their policies to protect public health and safety, but it is not known if their goals are being met or if these policies need to be changed to meet them. 

In 2020, our team received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Centre on Substance use and Addiction (CCSA) to evaluate cannabis policy in NL.

Our Project

Our objective is to assess the impact of cannabis legalization on health and public safety in NL by  evaluating the province's policy on recreational cannabis. We are considering the impact of legalization on health and public safety by:

  • describing how people in NL use cannabis compared to the rest of Canada.
  • examining how the way we sell cannabis in NL meets government goals as well as cannabis user needs.
  • determining if the public education campaigns are effective for delivering key messages about cannabis regulations and safety.
  • measuring how cannabis legalization has impacted public health and safety.

Become involved

We are working with a stakeholder panel and a citizen advisory panel to help inform study development and interpretation. The stakeholder panel will include representatives from public and private organizations with an interest in cannabis legislation and its impacts. The citizen advisory panel will include citizen members representing people who:

  • use cannabis for recreational or medical reasons.
  • are new users of cannabis since legalization.
  • have never used cannabis.

Panels will include rural and urban representatives, and be sex, gender and age diverse. Both panels will provide valuable input into understanding the landscape of cannabis use, as well as the needs and concerns of members of the public.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, all of our engagement efforts will be in compliance with best practice recommendations from the provincial Department of Health and Community Services' public health division. All meetings will be held remotely until it is safe to meet in person.

All citizen advisory panel members will be paid $25 per hour for attendance at meetings or workshops. We may also offer compensation for other expenses like travel or training (if necessary). Rates for reimbursement will be in accordance with Memorial University travel policies.

If you are interested in participating as a member of either panel, the research team can be contacted at:


School of Pharmacy

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000