Marijuana legalization took place in Canada through the Cannabis Act on October 17, 2018.
Age 19 is the provincial minimum in BC to purchase, sell, or consume cannabis.
In schools, legalization changes very little. Marijuana is still illegal for anyone under 19, and remains a controlled substance, like alcohol. And just like alcohol, we don’t allow cannabis in our schools. Our existing policies and Code of Conduct still apply. They already prohibit intoxication, impairment, as well as the smoking of any substance, vaping, or drinking on school property.
One of the Canadian government’s articulated top priorities is to protect the health and safety of youth. The Cannabis Act creates serious criminal penalties for those who sell or provide cannabis to youth. It also establishes new offences and strict penalties for those who use youth to commit a cannabis offence.
To learn more about what it means to Burnaby’s students and schools, click here to read our frequently asked questions.