Growing at Home: Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation

Personal cultivation as described by the proposed Cannabis Act (2017) will permit adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household. This provision is intended to both promote equity by facilitating access to legal cannabis, particularly when retail outlets are difficult to access, and to undercut the black market. However, indoor cultivation and processing of cannabis may also introduce or exacerbate certain environmental health risks in the home.


Leela Steiner, MA, PhD (cand.)

Leela Steiner is an environmental health and knowledge translation scientist at the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. She has a background in chemical management, science policy, and regulatory frameworks for emerging contaminants. At the NCCEH, Leela is the lead on the cannabis and EH file and has focused on risk communication and personal cultivation. She is also currently a Bridge Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Her recent research has included work on endocrine disrupting compounds, food contact materials, and the science-policy interface.

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