AHS organizing ‘conversations on cannabis’

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Sale, growth and consumption of cannabis becomes legal – or at least less illegal – on Oct. 17. Alberta Health Services has some concerns about it and is hoping to raise awareness about the risks of consumption. To that end, Tim Horsman and Pat Chemago of AHA presented some information to Slave Lake town council last week on what is planned over the next while for Slave Lake.

“We’re holding community conversations over the next couple of months.” Horsman said.

This will include two ‘open forums.’ Part of the goal of these is to share information on resources and let people know the health risks of cannabis consumption.

The first one of these is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 16 at The Fix in Slave Lake. on Oct. 23 is another one at the Legacy Centre.

AHS is taking a “harm reduction” approach, Horsman said, which involves “making people aware,” and “minimizing risk.”

The idea is to get people talking about it, he said, because “in general we haven’t been.”

“We just want to hear what people are thinking,” said Chemago, who works in the area of addictions.

“We’re interested in that too,” said Warman.

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