As we know, the Government of Canada legalized non-medical cannabis as of October 17, 2018. Since that time, the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have been working to ensure the public and all public services are informed about the changes.
For students throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the legalization of cannabis and cannabis products should have little to no impact on their daily lives. These products remain illegal for anyone under the age of 19 to purchase, possess, consume, or grow.
In recognizing that our families and school communities have questions and concerns about how cannabis consumption may impact on individuals, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is making trusted information sources available for review. Be aware, there are many groups and individuals sharing information on cannabis. However, the District wishes to ensure our school communities have access to trusted, credible resources.
Before providing additional information to help inform your family's decisions, here are Five Important Facts for Families on Canada's Cannabis Legalization. More information on the points covered can be found in the resources listed below:
- Cannabis legalization came into effect in 2018, while legalization of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topicals will be in effect as of October 17, 2019.
- In Newfoundland and Labrador, in order to legally purchase, produce, possess, consume, or grow cannabis or cannabis products, you must be 19 years of age - much like alcohol or cigarettes.
- There is scientific evidence to suggest that the use of cannabis products before the brain has fully developed (at approximately 21-25 years of age) could have potential consequences relating to brain function and development.
- Under the District's Cannabis and Smoke Free policy (PROG-316) and Student Search and Seizure policy (PROG-306), cannabis and cannabis containing substances are not permitted in or on District property. This includes in schools, facilities, vehicles or in any mode of transportation used to transport students.
- Information on cannabis is covered in a number of curriculum areas within the province's public school system, along with substances such as alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs and other controlled substances, in an effort to ensure students are aware of the associated risks.
If you have any further questions related to cannabis legalization or use, please consult your local law enforcement agency or medical professional to discuss.
- Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Cannabis Information
- Government of Canada Cannabis Information
Within the province's K-12 education curricula, there are several outcomes related to drug education that now provides more opportunities to include the latest in cannabis education to ensure a timely learning experience for students. Curricula with drug education outcomes are:
- Health 4, 5 and 6: Drug Education unit
- Health 8: Drug Education unit
- Health 9: Unit 1, 2 and 4
- Healthy Living 1200: Controlling Substances
- Human Dynamics 2201: Relationships unit
- RNC Community Service - DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program
- RCMP In-School Drug and Impaired Driving Presentations
- Consumer Information - Cannabis (Health Canada)
- Don't Drive High (Government of Canada)
- Cannabis Impairment (Government of Canada)
- Cannabis Talk Kit (Drug Free Kids Canada) - Schools and/or families can order copies of the Talk Kit here.
- Cannabis: Important things to know (Kids Help Phone)
- Marijuana: What parents need to know (Canadian Pediatric Society)
- Talking with teenagers about drugs (Government of Canada)
- Canada's Low Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/ Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse)
- Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies
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