Cannabis for recreational use has been legalized across Canada by the federal government.
The Avon Maitland District School Board remains committed to the safety of students and staff, and to smoke-free schools and workplaces. In a letter to all parents, the Board re-enforces that the legislation will not alter the existing rules and practices in schools.
What does cannabis legalization mean for students?
The Ontario Government has developed laws to protect children, youth, and the general public.
Youth under 19 are NOT allowed to:
- Buy or consume
- Possess any amount
- Share with anyone
- Grow or harvest plants
Adults 19 and Over are allowed to:
- Buy and consume
- Possess under 30 grams
- Share with others over 19
- Grow up to 4 plants per household
No one is allowed to use cannabis while at school, at work or driving. There is zero tolerance for drug-impaired driving, and students who are found to be impaired or who possess cannabis at school will be subject to discipline which may include suspension or expulsion.
For violations, anyone over 12 can be given a Provincial Offences ticket and anyone 12-17 can be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act for possession over 5 grams or sharing with anyone under 19.
Cannabis prohibited at school and places where children gather
Even though adults 19 and over can legally use and possess recreational cannabis, it is prohibited at Ontario public schools. At AMDSB, it is also prohibited while participating in school sanctioned activities and events.
Smoking and vaping are prohibited at school, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20 metres of these grounds.
Cannabis is also prohibited on all public property, in child care centres or where an early years program is provided, in places where home care is provided (even if children aren’t present), and within 20 metres of children’s playgrounds.
How is medical cannabis different?
Medical cannabis will continue to be subject to different rules than recreational cannabis.
Resources for Youth
Kids Help Phone | 1-800-668-6868
Your Cannabis Questions, Answered (Government of Canada)
Resources for Parents
Legalization of Recreational Cannabis – Information for Parents (Ministry of Education)
How to Talk to your Teen About Cannabis (Drug Free Kids Canada)
Resources for Educators
Educating Young People About Cannabis (Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy)
Information and Resources About Cannabis (Ministry of Education)