More than a year after recreational marijuana was legalized in Canada, retail cannabis shops are coming to our region.

That has the Porcupine Health Unit concerned.

Public health nurse Stephanie Gravel says much like alcohol and tobacco,easier availability of cannabis products will result in normalization, increasing health and social risks.

“Our primary concern right now is to keep cannabis out of the hands of young people, due to their increased health risks for the developing brains,” Gravel states.  “We usually recommend to wait until 25, because that’s when the brain does stop developing.”

If you do use cannabis, Gravel recommends you follow certain guidelines.

“There are definitely certain situations where cannabis should not be used.  So these are pregnant women, women who are breast feeding, anybody with mental health issues such as psychosis, schizophrenia.”