Letter to Parents on Cannabis in Schools

By Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent of Schools/Chief Executive Officer


October 23, 2018

Dear Families,

As you are aware through media coverage, effective October 17, 2018, the Federal Cannabis Act will permit Canadians to purchase, grow, and possess cannabis and related products for recreational purposes.

The BC government has enacted the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA) as well as the Cannabis Distribution Act, which regulate how cannabis may be sold, distributed, and consumed in British Columbia once it is legalized. The legislation includes significant restrictions aimed at preventing access to cannabis by minors under the age of 19:

  • Cannabis cannot be consumed in or on school property or within a prescribed distance.
  • Cannabis cannot be smoked or vaped in a vehicle or anywhere where tobacco smoking and vaping are prohibited, including a workplace, playground or other park, sports field, skatepark, or other places where children commonly gather, near entry/exits, or at a bus stop.
  • Cannabis cannot be sold, supplied, or allowed to be consumed by minors, in addition to a variety of other measures to prohibit and prevent access of cannabis to minors.

As a School District, all staff are tasked with fostering a safe and effective learning environment for a vulnerable population. Public school administrators, teachers, and support staff act as role models K-12 student in their formative years of development.

Currently, Kootenay Lake School District’s policies are being amended to include the expectations for students and staff with respect to the changes in legislation on October 17, 2018.

If you have questions or require further information on these changes, please contact me via any of the options listed below.


For further information please see:

Cannabis Act:


Cannabis Control and Licensing Act:

http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/bills/billscurrent/3rd41st:gov30-1 School District 8 Kootenay Lake 2

Cannabis Distribution Act:


BC's Approach to Cannabis Legalization:



Dr. Christine Perkins

By Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent of Schools/Chief Executive Officer

Superintendent of Schools/Chief Executive Officer
Board of Education, School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake)
811 Stanley Street, Nelson, B.C.   V1L 1N8
Office:  250-505-7037
Cell:  250-505-9625
Email:  christine.perkins@sd8.bc.ca
Web:  www.sd8.bc.ca