The North Vancouver RCMP Youth Intervention Unit would like to remind students of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in Canada. The recent change to some laws in several American States regarding marijuana has caused some confusion in British Columbia.
Marijuana is illegal in Canada and is listed in Schedule 2 of the Federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This means that unless you have authorization to use medical marijuana, you cannot possess, sell, or produce marijuana without risking a criminal penalty.
It is important to understand police powers of arrest and search. The sight of a marijuana pipe/bong and/or the smell of fresh/burnt marijuana can often provide police with the grounds to make an arrest and conduct a search.
School District #44 has a zero tolerance for students being under the influence of marijuana and/or being in possession of any marijuana and/or paraphernalia. In addition, the school has powers to search and seize drugs and drug related items based on their responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for all students.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your School Liaison Officer.
Youth Intervention Unit
North Vancouver RCMP