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Edmonton Catholic Schools

Cannabis Legalization

The Government of Canada legalized access to cannabis on October 17, 2018.

Below are specific Edmonton Catholic School District Administrative Procedures regarding cannabis. 


The Edmonton Catholic School District  prohibits the possession and/or consumption of cannabis products of any kind (i.e. fresh, dried, edible, liquid, concentrates, seeds or live plant material) or the possession of paraphernalia associated with the consumption of cannabis by any person on District properties and at any District activities or events. This provision supersedes any municipal bylaw, provincial or other law that may allow for the legal possession or consumption of cannabis in a particular venue or by persons over 18 years of age.

Administrative Procedure 163 - POSSESSION, USE OR CONSUMPTION OF TOBACCO, CANNABIS AND OTHER INHALANTS If a student fails to adhere to this Administrative Procedure, the Principal may take disciplinary action as deemed appropriate in the circumstances, including suspension and/or recommendation by the Principal for expulsion, depending on the gravity of the offence. In the event that the matter involves the possession or consumption of cannabis products of any kind or the possession of paraphernalia associated with the consumption of cannabis, the Principal may report the matter to police. 

Cannabis is no longer an illegal substance under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The new federal legislation:

  • allow adults to possess up to 30 grams of legally-produced cannabis
  • allow adults to grow up to four cannabis plants per household
  • set the minimum age for purchase and use at 18 years of age, with the option for provinces to increase the age limit
  • enable a regulatory regime for the licensed production of cannabis, which would be controlled by the federal government
  • enable a regulatory regime for the distribution and sale of cannabis, which would be controlled by the provincial government
  • establish new provisions to address drug-impaired driving, as well as making several changes to the overall legal framework to address alcohol impaired driving

Protecting youth

The Cannabis Act has several measures that help prevent youth from accessing cannabis. These include both age restrictions and restricting promotion of cannabis.

Age restrictions

No person may sell or provide cannabis to any person under the age of 18. The Act creates 2 new criminal offences, with maximum penalties of 14 years in jail, for:

  • giving or selling cannabis to youth
  • using a youth to commit a cannabis-related offence

Restricting promotion and enticement

Similar to the current restrictions on advertising for tobacco products, the Cannabis Act helps discourage youth cannabis use by prohibiting:

  • products that are appealing to youth
  • packaging or labelling cannabis in a way that makes it appealing to youth
  • selling cannabis through self-service displays or vending machines
  • promoting cannabis, except in narrow circumstances where young people could not see the promotion

Penalties for violating these prohibitions include a fine of up to $5 million or 3 years in jail.


For more information from the Federal Government regarding cannabis click here.

For more information from the Province of Alberta click here.

What Alberta Parents and Caregivers Need to Know

Adverse Effects of Early Cannabis Use