Canada’s New Cannabis Act

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Transcript - Canada's New Cannabis Act

Animated video.

(The outline of a cannabis leaf appears on an orange background).

Narrator: It will soon be legal for adults to use cannabis in Canada. But there are a few things you need to know.

Text on screen: Cannabis is not yet legal in Canada.

(Two animated characters, a man and a woman, appear on the left and right of the screen. The man and woman disappear as the background rotates to reveal a calendar with the date of October 17th 2018 circled).

Narrator: Cannabis won't be legal until October 17th 2018.

(The calendar rotates to reveal several characters).

Narrator: It's your responsibility to know what will be legal in your province or territory…

Text on screen: What will be legal?

(A colourful map of Canada highlighting the provinces and territories appears behind the characters).

Narrator: …including the legal age…

(The text "18 or 19?" appears above the map. The map rotates away and the outline of a cityscape appears behind the characters).

Narrator: …and where you will be able to buy and use cannabis.

(The characters and map rotate away).

Narrator: If you're high don't drive,

(A young man who appears to be high is standing beside a car and holding a set of keys).

Text on screen: If high, don't drive.

Narrator: or go to work.

(A man who appears to be high is driving a forklift in a warehouse).

Text on screen: Don't work impaired.

Narrator: Store cannabis securely and away from kids.

(A child is reaching for a cannabis leaf on a countertop. The leaf moves to a cupboard that is out of reach of the child. The cupboard door is closed, then locked).

Text on screen: Store cannabis securely.

(A family is checking their baggage at an airport).

Narrator: And don't travel internationally with cannabis.

Text on screen: Don't travel internationally with cannabis.

(Iconic images of a plane, a train and a car move across a map of Canada).

Narrator: Whether you're leaving or entering Canada it will remain illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border, just like it is today.

(A smartphone appears with the web address of

Narrator: Find out more and get the facts at

Narrator: A message from the government of Canada.

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