Regulation of cannabis in Québec
The Government of Québec took note when the federal government, following through on it stated intention, tabled a bill to legalize cannabis on April 13, 2017. The Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions was passed in June 2018. The possession and use of cannabis does remain illegal in Québec until the act takes effect.
Please see encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca to learn more.
Drugs, which include alcohol and cannabis, change functions of the body and central nervous system. They can produce numerous psychological and physical effects on the person consuming them. Various problems are also linked to the consumption of alcohol and other drugs, including poisoning and dependence.
Gambling can also become problematic when it brings more trouble than pleasure. Winning on any gambling activity is purely by chance.
Advice for Preventing Problems Related to Consumption and Gambling
Advice is available on things you can do to prevent problems related to consumption and gambling:
- Alcohol and Drugs : A Combination to Avoid
- Alcohol or Other Drugs Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
- Reducing the Health and Safety Risks Associated with Drinking Alcohol
- Reducing the Risk of Developing Disorders Associated with Drinking, Using Drugs and Gambling
- Distribution of New Injection Equipment
- Alcohol Consumption, Drug Use and Gambling: Helping Teenagers
Learn More about Consumption and Gambling
To learn more about the consumption of alcohol and other drugs, consult the following pages:
Help and Resources
If you are concerned about your consumption and gambling habits or that of someone close to you, do not hesitate to call the various resources for help and information.
Alcochoix+ is a program that helps people who are concerned about the consequences of their drinking habits or want to change these habits. It is offered at CLSCs.
For more information, see Alcochoix+ page.
Drugs: Help and Referral
Drugs: Help and Referral is a telephone service that caters to people who are concerned about their consumption and the people around them. It offers information, referral and listening services. Drugs: Help and Referral is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its services are bilingual, confidential, anonymous and free.
- Website: www.drogue-aidereference.qc.ca
- Telephone numbers:
- Montreal area: 514 527-2626
- Elsewhere in Québec: 1 800 265-2626
Gambling: Help and Referral
Gambling: Help and Referral is a telephone service for people who are concerned about their gambling habits and the people around them. It offers information, referral and listening services. Gambling: Help and Referral is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its services are bilingual, confidential, anonymous and free.
- Website: www.jeu-aidereference.qc.ca
- Telephone numbers:
- Montreal area: 514 527-0140
- Elsewhere in Québec: 1 800 461-0140
Tel-jeunes is a free and confidential listening, referral and support service for youths. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
- Online: www.teljeunes.com
- By phone
- Montreal area: 514 288-2266
- Elsewhere in Québec: 1 800 263-2266
Ligne Parents is a listening, referral and support service for parents of children between 0 and 20 years old. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Website: http://ligneparents.com/ (website in French only, with toll-free services available in English)
- Telephone numbers:
- Montreal area: 514 288-5555
- Elsewhere in Québec: 1 800 361-5085
Integrated Health and Social Services Centres (CISSS) and Integrated University Health and Social Services Centres (CIUSSS)
You can contact the CISSS or CIUSSS in your region to speak confidentially with a health- care professional for free. The health- care professional can evaluate your needs and guide you towards the appropriate resource.
To find contact information for your CISSS or your CIUSSS, go to Finding a Resource.
Directory of Addiction Resources (available in French only – Répertoire des ressources en dépendances)
The Répertoire des ressources en dépendances features:
- Public resources offering addiction treatment services
- Community or private resources offering addiction lodging. These resources are certified or in the process of certification
Last update: 27 May 2016, 09:34