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Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018, by the Federal Government. Below is an overview, based on information provided by the Government of Ontario, of recreational cannabis laws in Ontario. Please note that medical cannabis will continue to be subject to different rules than recreational cannabis. 

It may helpful to think of recreational cannabis in the same way that we treat alcohol, in regards to our students and schools. 

The information below has been modified from the Government of Ontario:

19 LogoMinimum age is 19

You must be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.

HouseWhere smoking or vaping cannabis is allowed

The government has enacted the following rules for using cannabis, both medical and recreational.

Where people can smoke or vape cannabis*

  1. Private residences– this does not include residences that are also workplaces (e.g. long-term care and/or retirement homes)
  2. Many outdoor public places (e.g. sidewalks, parks)
  3. Designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns

*Additional restrictions on smoking and vaping may exist in municipal bylaws, lease agreements, and the policies of employers and property owners.

Where people cannot smoke or vape cannabis


Schools and places where children gather

Hospitals, hospices, care homes and other facilities

Publicly owned spaces

Vehicles and boats

Other outdoor areas


Using cannabis and driving is illegal and dangerous. Cannabis, like many other drugs, slows your reaction time and increases your chances of being in a collision.

If a police officer finds someone impaired by any drug, including cannabis, while driving, they will face serious penalties, including:

Police officers will be authorized to use oral fluid screening devices at roadside. Once a federally approved device is available, those devices will help police enforce the law.

Learn what counts as impaired driving and the penalties people could face for it.

Zero tolerance for young, novice and commercial drivers

You are not allowed to have any cannabis in your system (as detected by a federally approved oral fluid screening device) if you are driving a motor vehicle and:

Learn more about zero tolerance for young, novice and commercial drivers.

OcsWhere adults can buy recreational cannabis

As of October 17, 2018, people age 19 and over are able to purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store. Online orders will be delivered safely and securely. Consumers will be required to verify their age to accept delivery and no packages will be left unattended at the door.

The Ontario Cannabis Store website is the only legal option for purchasing recreational cannabis. It follows strict rules set by the federal government.

The government is also moving forward with a tightly regulated private retail model for cannabis that will launch by April 1, 2019. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is the provincial regulator authorized to grant store licences. The Ontario Cannabis Store will be the exclusive wholesaler to these stores. Private stores will be introduced with strict controls to safeguard children and youth and combat the illegal market.

30g_grHow much cannabis can adults possess?

Adults can have a maximum of 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried cannabis in public at any time.

Growing_grGrowing cannabis

Adults may grow up to four plants per residence (not per person).

Medical_grMedical cannabis

Medical cannabis is subject to different rules than recreational cannabis. The production and sale of medical cannabis is regulated exclusively by the federal government.

If a health care professional has already authorized someone to use cannabis for medical reasons, access does not change when recreational cannabis is legal.  Smoking and vaping medical cannabis are not allowed on school property.

The only way to purchase medical cannabis is from:

logoOther Information – UGDSB

Cannabis Education

Students will continue to learn about cannabis and other drugs as part of the regular curriculum.

Addiction Support

If you know of someone who is struggling with addiction, please contact:

Board Policies

The board has a number of existing policies in place that speak to conduct around alcohol and drugs including:


For Parents

For Youth

For Educators

This information has been modified from the Government of Ontario: