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HSD readies for legal marijuana

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 02/9/2018 9:00 AM

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With the legalization marijuana approaching, Hanover School Division hopes to find ways to keep marijuana out of hallways and out of the hands of students.

Superintendent Randy Dueck said he believes when marijuana use is legalized in the summer, it will mean staff at schools across Manitoba and across Canada will have to keep an eye out to make sure more isn’t making its way into schools.

"There is a general concern beyond just Hanover School Division that we will have to pay more attention to the use of it," Dueck said.

"Obviously the use of cannabis will be seen as a much more common thing in our society and in our communities in a similar way to how alcohol is looked at now, so it’s something where all of us are going to have to adjust to that and adjust our way of thinking."

Dueck said even if marijuana use becomes more socially acceptable, he wants parents and students to remember it is still something that will be illegal for those under the age of 19, and something that will not be accepted in HSD schools.

"It’s important to note that it is still illegal to people under a certain age just like alcohol is, and that is helpful for us in our work in the schools," Dueck said.

HSD is considering rules that would treat students who bring marijuana into a school or are under the influence of marijuana as those currently caught with or under the influence of alcohol.

"I think the way that we are looking at in now is that we will probably be approaching the use of alcohol and the use of cannabis in very similar ways."

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