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Know the facts about cannabis

Limestone Learning Foundation
Know the facts about cannabis
Posted on 10/16/2018

The Limestone District School Board is committed to the heath and wellbeing of our students and staff. 

On October 17, 2018, it will be legal for individuals 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. Cannabis will still be illegal for anyone under the age of 19 in Ontario, even after legalization, which includes most school-aged children and youth. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario. 

The LDSB has very detailed procedures for dealing with alcohol and drug-related incidents, including the use of cannabis. These procedures prohibit students from possessing, dispensing or being under the influence of controlled or intoxicating substances that are not prescribed for medical purposes, as well as, smoking or vaping on school property or at school sanctioned events.

The Ontario government has passed legislation to prohibit cannabis consumption at schools and places where children gather. It is illegal for anyone to smoke or vape 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

Schools have been dealing with cannabis use for a long time, and staff will continue to engage in dialogue with students about making healthy decision-making and student safety. Cannabis is already part of the health education curriculum and will remain there along with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The Board’s Mental Heath Strategy also makes provisions for the support and care of our students, and includes resources to support parents/guardians and caregivers on how to help their children.

The LDSB will continue to support students in early intervention and counselling, as well as, providing information sessions for parents and school communities. We remain committed to working closely with our partners in Public Health, providing pathways to both Board and community-based supports for students.

If you have any questions or concerns about how your child’s school will handle the legalization of cannabis, please do not hesitate to contact the school principal.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.