Toronto District School Board

Marijuana Stores Should Not Be Located Near Schools Says Board

Friday, October 20, 2017
Categories: News Releases

Trustees with the Toronto District School Board are calling on the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario to ensure marijuana dispensaries are not located near schools.

During their regular meeting this week, Trustees asked the Chair to write a letter to the Mayor and Premier requesting that TDSB staff or trustees be consulted in all discussions regarding the regulation and locations of marijuana dispensaries.

They’ve also asked the Director of Education to work to keep marijuana dispensaries as far away from schools as possible, present a report on the impact of the legalization of marijuana and its regulation on the TDSB, and provide any necessary recommendations.

The decision is part of the TDSB’s commitment to providing safe and healthy environments for students and staff and is a result of the many unanswered questions about the rollout of legalization in our communities.

Quick Facts

· The federal government plans to legalize cannabis by July 2018.

· The Province of Ontario is currently in discussions with the City of Toronto on locations where marijuana will be sold and used.

“It’s important that we have a role in these conversations about the possible locations where marijuana will be sold. We want to ensure that reasonable precautions are taken to ensure safe environments for our students and staff.”

- Robin Pilkey, Chair, TDSB


For more information, please contact:

Ryan Bird

Media Relations, TDSB



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