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Upcoming Legalization of Cannabis

As of October 17, 2018, it will be legal for individuals 19 and older to buy, use, possess
and grow recreational cannabis. It remains illegal for anyone under the age of 19. This
is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.
Regardless of age, cannabis is not allowed on school property or at
school-related events at any time.

It is illegal for anyone regardless of age to smoke or vape any substance, including
cannabis:

● at school, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20m of these grounds
● on children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20m of playgrounds
● in child care centres, or where an early years program is provided
● in places where home child care is provided – even if children aren’t present

There will be consequences for students if they are believed to be in possession or
under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or cannabis. Suspension will be considered.
There are exceptions if the medicinal use of cannabis is outlined in the student’s Health
Care Plan.

If a student gives alcohol or cannabis to anyone under the age of 19, the school will
contact police, suspend the student and consider expulsion.
In YRDSB, we want families and students to be informed about the facts of cannabis
legalization. To support this learning, you may find the following resources helpful . You
can also request a hard copy through the school office.
Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know
Cannabis Talk Kit: Know How to Talk With Your Teen

We will continue to provide students with information and support to make positive and
healthy decisions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s administration.

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