The Cannabis Education and Awareness Fund (the Fund) is a special purpose trust dedicated to the provision of:
The purpose of the Fund is to support the building of knowledge and gathering of data to understand the long-range implications of legalized cannabis. The research and educational findings will ensure that the programs in place in New Brunswick will help reduce harm and potential risks and create educational materials for those most at risk, such as youth. An Advisory Committee has been established, as required under the Cannabis Education and Awareness Fund Act. The Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations on the disbursement of funds.
In preparation for Cannabis legalization, the Government of New Brunswick passed the Cannabis Education and Awareness Fund Act (the Act). The fund is currently supported by two percent of the gross sales of cannabis from suppliers to the provincial retailer, Cannabis NB.
New Brunswickers make informed, responsible choices about their cannabis use. This includes:
Fund education and awareness initiatives, policies and programs that equip New Brunswickers to make informed, responsible choices about their cannabis consumption.
Filling the Gap: Cannabis legalization is new to Canada and to New Brunswick. This means there may be a lack of New Brunswick-specific information about purchasing and consuming cannabis legally and responsibly as well as on the implications and impacts of cannabis consumption.
Growing Knowledge: Enable researchers to investigate the best ways to increase the knowledge of cannabis, its effects and understand its consumption in New Brunswick.
Supporting Evidence Based Decisions: It is important that New Brunswickers who choose to consume cannabis, or who are seeking information about cannabis, have access to reliable information. Making information relevant to target groups, such as university students, easily accessible and available when they need it supports New Brunswickers’ ability to make informed decisions.
Empowering Stakeholders: Cannabis legalization affects all New Brunswickers. Some communities or groups may require a targeted approach to cannabis education and awareness programs. Stakeholders may apply for grants to facilitate targeted education and awareness messaging.
The following three criteria must be met for an application to be considered under the Cannabis Education and Awareness Fund:
1. Within the limits of the Cannabis Education and Awareness Fund Act
Applications must be consistent with the parameters outlined in the Cannabis Education and Awareness Fund Act.
2. Clear New Brunswick focus
Applications must demonstrate a clear New Brunswick focus.
3. Commercial value is not the primary focus of the project
Application is not furthering commercial goals or seeking to support the cannabis industry.
Examples not applicable:
The above being met, applications will be assessed by the Advisory Committee against the following weighted criterion:
Applications will be reviewed to ensure they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria. They will then be considered by the Advisory Committee.
Applicants will be advised of the Committee’s decision and informed of next steps.
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