Recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. Learn about Cannabis laws.

In Ontario, you must be 19 years or older to use, buy, possess, cultivate or distribute cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for tobacco and alcohol sales.

Ontario is working with community partners to increase awareness about cannabis, help prevent and delay cannabis use among youth, promote healthy decision-making and ensure student safety.

Learn more about youth and cannabis use and risks to mental health from using cannabis.

Recreational cannabis is not allowed at schools

Even though recreational cannabis is legal for adults, 19 or older, it is not allowed:

  • at schools
  • on school property
  • school-related activities

Smoking or vaping cannabis is not allowed:

  • at schools
  • on school grounds
  • all public areas within 20 metres of these grounds

Students can carry medical cannabis

Students may carry cannabis for medical purposes on school premises.

School boards are responsible for developing policies and procedures around the administration and storage of medications in schools. These policies and procedures are based on the local needs of the school board student population, and where applicable, guided by Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) 81 – Provision of Health Support Services in School Settings.

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