Cannabis edibles: Red Deer students will be dealt with if they’re found under the influence

It will be business as usual for two Red Deer area school districts when cannabis-infused edibles are legalized.

Regulations that will make edibles legal come into force Oct. 17, exactly one year after Canada legalized the sale and purchase of dried and fresh cannabis, oil, seeds and plants.

Bruce Buruma, director of community relations at Red Deer Public School District, said when recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada last year, the division shared a message with students and parents that it doesn’t change anything for the school division.

The same is true when edibles are legalized. Because if students are found to be under the influence of drugs, they will be dealt with accordingly, said Buruma.

He explained the legality of the products (be it smoke marijuana or edibles) doesn’t change the expectation of not coming to work or school under the influence of drugs, adding schools are to students, what workplaces are to adults.

Haleigh Packer, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools spokesperson, echoed those words.

She noted although cannabis products are legal, they still remain illegal for those who are under 18. She added the school district focuses on health and wellness for students and educates them on smoking, vaping and cannabis use.

She said teachers and school staff have always monitored students, and will continue to do the same.

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