What is it about?

The article compares the cannabis consumption regulations municipalities of three canadian provinces have adopted in the footsteps of cannabis legalization by the federal and provincial authorities in 2018. It also ponders their potential ins and outs for public health.

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Why is it important?

This is the first study on this topic in Canada. It shows that the regulations adopted by the municipalities could affect public health in two main ways. First, they could result in increased consumption and associated risks, whether for the public at large or for people of lower socio-economic status. Second, they could lead to penal sanctions being disproportionately applied to people of lower socio-economic status.


Writing this article was both challenging and rewarding. Challenging because research on municipal regulations is ressource intense, as the existing legal databases do not include them. It was rewarding because it shed light on a both very creative domain of regulation and understudied area of law with great potential to significantly affect public health and the life of many.

François Gagnon
Institut national de santé publique du Québec

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This page is a summary of: Municipal regulation of cannabis and public health in Canada: A comparison of Alberta, Ontario, and Québec, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, April 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2572.
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