1. Adopt a balanced approach to avoid both trivializing and dramatizing the use of cannabis and its consequences.
2. Focus on the importance of communicating accurate information based on scientific facts, in particular with respect to the information communicated to purchasers regarding the effects of the products.
3. Promote the identification of reliable sources of information regarding cannabis and focus on the importance for both the sales employee and the purchaser to take a critical look at certain other sources of information, in particular those from the cannabis industry.
4. Position the role of cannabis sales employees on providing advice and support to purchasers so they can make informed choices, while also explaining the risks of such products, and making recommendations to reduce them.
5. Advocate, as much as possible, in the context of the sale, the occasional use of cannabis and the use of products with low concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that contain cannabidiol (CBD).
6. Clearly specify that individuals who want to use cannabis for therapeutic purposes or who ask for advice on health problems or the possible interaction between cannabis and their medication must be referred to a health professional.
7. Ensure that cannabis sales employees fully understand the legislative framework regarding cannabis, in particular regarding the refusal to sell to a minor or to a person of full age who is purchasing for a minor.
— Introduction to cannabis botany
A- Components and constituents of the plant;
B- Where cannabis comes from (cultivation and production).
A- Testing of cannabinoids and terpenes;
B- Analysis of pesticides and contaminants.
— Guidelines to reduce the risks related to cannabis consumption
A- Risk reduction principles;
B- Risks associated with cannabis use.
— Cannabis consumers
A- Consumption profile;
B- Portrait of consumers and destigmatization;
C- Approach respecting the mission of the Société québécoise du cannabis.
— Cannabis pharmacology
A- Route of administration;
B- Effects and duration;
C- Understanding THC and CBD levels (%, mg, etc.).
— Cannabis products
A- Different types of cannabis products;
B- Methods of administration and associated properties.
— Consumer approach
A- Interactions and consumer behaviour;
B- Understanding the needs and requests of consumers;
C- Helping consumers make informed choices;
D- Familiarization with labelling and product information;
F- Cannabis and alcohol;
G- Cannabis and other substances.
— Navigating information on cannabis products
A- Sources of information.
— Understanding the law
A- Review of cannabis laws and regulations;
B- Framework of federal and provincial laws;
C- Verification of age.