Cannabis and Schools: A Message from the HDSB

The following message has been sent to all Halton District School Board parents/guardians yesterday afternoon through SchoolMessenger.

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Dear families of Halton District School Board students,

As you may be aware, cannabis will be legalized in Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. We are writing this letter to provide you with information about the legalization of cannabis and what this means for schools in the Halton District School Board.

Facts about cannabis legalization

Cannabis will continue to be illegal for individuals under 19 years to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. It is illegal to provide cannabis to someone under the age of 19. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.

What does this mean for schools?

At our schools, it will continue to be illegal for anyone, regardless of age, to smoke or vape cannabis. This includes on school grounds or within 20m of its perimeter, on children’s playgrounds, and at child care centres or where Early Years programs are provided.

Resources for families

As parents, you are a key support and source of information to your children.

On the Halton District School Board website, you will find information on the legalization of cannabis (search “cannabis”). The following resources are shared with you to provide further information about the legalization of cannabis and support conversations you may have with your child:

Thank you for partnering with us to support student well-being.

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