In Ontario, cannabis use for non-medicinal purposes continues to be prohibited for individuals under 19 years of age (the same as the minimum age for tobacco and alcohol). Cannabis use for non-medicinal purposes also continues to be prohibited in schools.
The Ministry of Education has developed a number of helpful resources for educators to understand the new rules for cannabis and empower teachers, students, and families with knowledge about cannabis use risks and effects. Resources can be found on the Ministry’s Legalization of Recreational Cannabis Webpage.
As part of our community response to cannabis legalization Peterborough Public Health is working with our partners to implement the Challenges, Beliefs, Changes peer education program in local schools. If you are interested in learning more about this program please contact us.
More information about specific topics related to cannabis can be found on our Your Health: Cannabis Webpages.
The following resources provide additional information about cannabis for educators and youth allies:
- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction – Help your Teen Understand what’s Fact and Fiction about Marijuana [Infographic]
- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction – Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis
- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction – Talking Pot with Youth, A Cannabis Communications Guide for Youth Allies
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS)
- Ophea – Cannabis Education Resources