MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK (Aug. 27, 2018): According to a survey commissioned by Organigram Inc., a leading licensed producer of medical marijuana (Parent company: Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OGI) (OTCQB:OGRMF)), a majority of Canadian parents (60 per cent) are concerned about cannabis legalization. More than half of the parents surveyed (54 per cent) feel there is currently not enough information available to youth about the risks associated with cannabis use and only three in ten parents feel “very prepared” to educate their children about cannabis.
“As we move toward the legalization of cannabis, it’s important that we take pulse checks along the way,” said Ray Gracewood, Chief Commercial Officer, Organigram. “By asking parents how they feel, we get a real-time sense of not only what’s keeping Canadian parents up at night, but the opportunities we have, as a company and as an industry, and in collaboration with healthcare professionals and educators, to address their concerns. If the safety of youth is a priority of legalization, this discussion is critical.”
The survey also revealed that:
When asked about the education of youth about cannabis, the top priority that parents identified from a list of potential priorities for children is the importance of not driving under the influence of cannabis (87 per cent). Other top priorities include the negative effects of cannabis use on their bodies (75 per cent), how to turn down offers to use cannabis (75 per cent), and risks of use with other substances (74 per cent).
“Legalization is coming and this research highlights the fact that Canadian parents have concerns,” said Dr. Michael Verbora, Chief Medical Officer of Aleafia Total Health. “Ask yourself: what are your concerns? I would encourage parents to seek information on the risks and realities from a credible source, like a physician or health authority, and start having those conversations now. Knowledge is power and will be key to proactive, open dialogue in Canadian homes. Frank discussion and well-informed families will help protect youth in this new era of cannabis legalization.”
While Canadian parents are aligned on many of their concerns and priorities, there are notable differences across regions. For example:
As a company committed to the education of youth and young adults, Organigram is currently supporting responsible cannabis use and harms reduction initiatives including, among others, those developed by both the Province of New Brunswick and Mount Allison University. Officials from Organigram hope the findings of this recent survey may inspire conversations in Canadian homes on the importance of educating youth on cannabis, pre and post-legalization.
“The most important goal of cannabis legalization is the protection of Canadian youth,” says Greg Engel, CEO, Organigram. “As a company, we will continue to support the education of Canadians about cannabis and will continue to collaborate with those on the front lines of this discussion.”
Organigram also applauds the federal government and provincial governments’ ongoing commitment to the protection of youth. As announced earlier this year, federal funding has been allocated through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for 14 research projects relative to the impact of cannabis on, among other issues, childhood health and mental health.
Organigram has recently launched a Parent Resource Library on its website (www.organigram.ca/parentresources) which provides access to educational information from sources including the Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse and Addiction, The Government of New Brunswick and Health Canada.
About the Survey
Environics Research conducted an online survey of 1,005 Canadian parents with children under the age of 18 who live in their home at least part of the time. Quotas were in place to ensure representation by province, gender and by age of child. The survey was in field from June 26 to July 9, 2018.
For more details on the survey, click HERE.
About Organigram Holdings Inc.
Organigram Holdings Inc. is a TSX Venture Exchange listed company whose wholly owned subsidiary, Organigram Inc., is a licensed producer of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in Canada.
Organigram is focused on producing the highest-quality, indoor-grown cannabis for patients and adult recreational consumers in Canada, as well as developing international business partnerships to extend the company’s global footprint. In anticipation of the legal adult use recreational cannabis in Canada, Organigram has developed a portfolio of brands including The Edison Cannabis Company, Ankr Organics and Trailer Park Buds. Organigram’s primary facility is located in Moncton, New Brunswick and the Company is regulated by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”).
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