Introduction

Cannabis will soon be legal for adults to purchase, possess, and consume in Canada. The term ‘cannabis’ includes marijuana (e.g., pot, dope, or weed), hashish, hash oil, and other products made from the cannabis plant. When legalized, fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis oil, and cannabis plants and seeds will be available for purchase in Ontario, at approved sale locations, and online.

You are invited to take part in an anonymous survey about cannabis. 

Participation in this survey is voluntary. You can answer all or some of the survey questions, or stop the survey at any time. If you choose not to participate there will be no adverse consequences. The services you receive from the Health Unit will not be affected. Before you agree to take part, it is important that you understand the information on this page.

What is the purpose of this project?

We are inviting residents of Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts, aged 16 years and older, to complete a survey about non-medical cannabis. We are interested in learning more about the knowledge, attitudes, and use of cannabis. The term ‘non-medical’ means recreational or not prescribed (e.g., for enjoyment, pleasure, amusement), social, spiritual, lifestyle, and other similar non‑medical uses.

What will your participation involve?

You will be asked a series of questions through this online survey. All questions are multiple choice.

The survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Are there benefits to participation?

You will not directly benefit by completing this survey. Your responses will help the Health Unit to assess the impact of cannabis legalization in our community and identify ways to support residents through programs and services. At the end of the survey, you can choose to enter your contact information for the chance to win one of ten $50 gift cards. Winners can choose a gift card from one of the following locations: Sobeys, No Frills, Canadian Tire, Esso, or Walmart. Proof of age (16 or older) is required to collect the gift card. Your contact information will not be linked to your survey responses. We will not use or keep your contact information once the prizes have been awarded.

Are there any inconveniences, risks, or harms involved?

There are no anticipated risks with this survey; however, you may feel uncomfortable answering some of the questions. If you do not want to answer a question, you can select ‘prefer not to answer’, or stop the survey at any time.

How will your information be protected?

All information will be stored securely on a password protected computer in a locked office in North Bay. All of the data collected for this survey will be securely retained for seven years and then destroyed.

Your answers will be kept anonymous and will only be seen by the Health Unit’s Harm Reduction Lead and Epidemiologist. The anonymous data set will be held by the health unit. Your individual responses will not be shared with law enforcement and will not be used by any legal authority.
How will project results be shared?

A final report containing anonymous summarized data will be posted on the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit website. Findings may be published, presented to the Board of Health, presented at conferences, or discussed with other health units or community partners. You will not be identified in the report.

What if you have questions or concerns about the project?

Please email cannabis.survey@healthunit.ca or call 705-474-1400 if want a copy of the findings, have any questions or concerns, or if you’d like to complete the survey in an alternate format.

What if you have questions about your legal rights?

If you have any questions about ethical issues in the project, you may contact the Research Ethics Review Committee Chair by email at research.ethics@healthunit.ca or by phone at 705-474-1400.

By clicking “Next”, you have read the consent information above and agree to participate in this survey.
 
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