The legalization of Cannabis in Canada raises a lot of questions for you and your child. There are important and difficult questions that parents might be struggling with or wondering about like, how is this going to affect my child and what should I do? The best approach is for you to educate yourself on the realities of cannabis and then be open to listening and talking to your child.
Being under the influence of cannabis, possessing, using and or distributing cannabis at school, school activities, or on a school bus is strictly prohibited by the Public Schools Branch. Failure to comply will involve school discipline and law enforcement. The rules around cannabis, alcohol and other drugs at school can be found in the Public Schools Branch Alcohol and Drugs policy and procedure.
The Government of Canada and other reputable organizations have developed resources to help us become knowledgeable about cannabis and to support our conversations with our children about cannabis. Here are links to several of these resources:
Federal Government Web Site – Cannabis In Canada – https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis.html
Provincial Government Web Site – Just the Facts – https://www.justthefactspei.ca/
Drug Free Kids Canada – Cannabis Talk Kit – https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/prevention/drug-info/cannabis/
Teenmentalhealth.org – Cannabis Information – http://teenmentalhealth.org/cannabis/
The school has a role to play too. Our grades 7-9 classes were presented the “Just the Facts” information and the grades 10-12 classes had a Cannabis Information presentation from Cnst Hugh Panelas, RCMP. In addition, the curriculum being delivered to your child is designed, at an age appropriate level, to promote healthy behaviours, increase awareness and provide an understanding about the risk factors associated with alcohol and drug use. If a student or parent is concerned about a student’s alcohol or drug use, please contact the school counselor or school administration for information about school and community support services.