The Saskatchewan Medical Association is committed to providing information and resources to physicians on the legalization of recreational cannabis and cannabis products. The federal government set Oct. 17, 2018, as the date when dry cannabis can be purchased legally. Cannabis products are legal as of Oct. 17, 2019. 

Many physicians have reservations about the new law and have been advocating that the proper addictions and public health supports be put in place prior to the official date of legalization. The Canadian Medical Association has been leading the lobbying of the federal government on the issue and is supplying physicians with information.

You can find CMA-related resources and other information at the links below, including guidelines. This page will be continually updated as more information become available.


Cannabis - Clinical Information/Resources for Physicians

Cannabis and the CMA

Canada's Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines

Canada's Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines Evidence Brief (for health professionals)

CMA video: Know the health risks of cannabis


Saskatchewan government webpage:

Cannabis in Saskatchewan: Information and education

Within the above, you will find: Cannabis Resources for Health Care Providers


Health Canada evidence briefs:

Is cannabis addictive?

Does cannabis use increase the risk of developing psychosis or schizophrenia?

Is cannabis safe to use? Facts for young adults aged 18-25 years.

Is cannabis safe during preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Is cannabis safe to use? Facts for youth aged 13-17 years.



CBC: As cannabis vaping set to become legal, public health experts urge strict control

Postmedia: More cannabis education needed for both doctors, medical students

Postmedia: The challenges of dosing medical cannabis

CBC audio: Legal weed – a doctor’s perspective

CBC: Canada’s giant public health ‘experiment’ with legalized cannabis begins

CBC: Cannabis is legal in Canada – here’s what you need to know

Globe and Mail op-ed: Cannabis use and pyschosis: Young people need to know their risks

Washington Post op-ed: Without proper health precautions, Canada’s pot legalization could go up in smoke

CMJ op-ed: Watching Canada’s experiment with legal cannabis

CBC: Where you can (and mostly can’t) use legal cannabis in Saskatchewan

Globe and Mail Andre Picard column: Boomers, remember the real – and perceived – harms of cannabis use

Globe and Mail op-ed: With cannabis legalization looming, doctors foresee uptick in emergency room visits

Globe and Mail Andre Picard column: Edibles will be notably absent from cannabis offerings after legalization on Wednesday

Globe and Mail: Access to medical cannabis regulation will remain in place at least five more years: Health Canada

Globe and Mail: What Canada’s doctors are concerned about with marijuana legalization

CBC: Medical guidelines in the works to clear up confusion about cannabis for seniors

Radio Canada: Cannabis effects may differ for seniors, doctor urges caution

Globe and Mail archives: Cannabis and cancer care: What the science says

Kitchener-Waterloo Record: Doctors equipped to respond to medical and recreational marijuana questions

CBC: Why companies are eyeing the cannabis compound that doesn’t get you high

Postmedia; Canadian Medical Association president calls pot legalization ‘uncharted territory’

Postmedia: Addiction, health-care specialists need to brace for cannabis legalization: CAMH

CTV: Healing or harmful? Top doctors weigh in on cannabis health claims