Cannabis legalization and our schools

On October 17, 2018, cannabis will be legal to use, buy, possess and cultivate in Canada for persons over 19 years of age. For our students, the possession and use of cannabis is illegal.

We know that this change in legislation has raised many questions and possible concerns regarding how the change will affect schools. Rest assured that our staff are prepared and able to handle any issues that may arise from students using cannabis or any other controlled substances at school. Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) has existing procedures in place that outlines necessary steps for staff to follow when students are in possession of or are using drugs.

Our staff have the safety and well-being of our students in mind at all times and will continue to ensure that students are aware of the dangers of drug use and the consequences they could face as a result of their use while at school.

We have created some Frequently Asked Questions to provide you with more information on how we are prepared for the legalization of cannabis. As well, we have shared links to resources that you may find useful to help guide conversations with your children relating to the dangers of drug use.

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.