GUELPH – The Higher Grand District Faculty Board (UGDSB) is asking municipalities to decide out of permitting retail hashish shops in Wellington County.
“A part of our concern … is it’s the unknown and … public well being … [has] expressed considerations about elevated use based mostly on elevated entry,” UGDSB superintendent Gary Slater mentioned in an interview with the Advertiser.
“And we simply don’t know at this level what the doable prices is likely to be or the affect from a social perspective is likely to be on a neighborhood.”
He added, “I feel that’s the place our foremost concern lies … as a result of it’s so new it’s unknown and we’re simply … hoping to take a cautious method to it.”
In a letter to the CAOs of all seven Wellington County municipalities, Slater broached the topic of hashish retail shops.
“As employees, we share considerations that potential elevated entry by youth in our communities could end in extra habit, psychological well being, and self-discipline points in our faculties,” Slater wrote.
“Nevertheless, we additionally share the priority about high quality points since underage customers are reliant on black market entry to hashish.
“At the moment, we encourage that communities opt-out of retail distribution till there’s a clearer understanding of the social and monetary impacts of legalization of leisure hashish and retail distribution.”
Since hashish was legalized on Oct. 17, the board has not seen an elevated use in hashish amongst Higher Grand college students, Slater mentioned.
“We will solely speculate however their authorized entry is restricted to on-line buying and we don’t know, within the quick time frame that it has been legally on-line, what have an effect on there may need been on the black market, the place our college students can be required to entry it as a result of it’s nonetheless unlawful for them,” Slater mentioned.
“We haven’t seen a change, however we don’t know whether or not it’s simply due to that on-line facet.
“In that sense it’s been a optimistic factor; it hasn’t prompted points but, nevertheless it’s that unknown piece about retailer fronts as a result of then that entry is elevated.”
Slater suggests learning communities that enable hashish shops to be taught in regards to the potential impacts of the laws.
Slater additionally requests municipalities to provide you with constant bylaws relating to hashish.
“No matter communities’ selections about hashish retail shops, we ask that there be a coordinated effort to organize smoking bylaws to handle cigarette and leisure hashish smoking in public,” Slater wrote.
“In step with considerations that we’re conscious the OPP has voiced, a constant, singular method all through Wellington County would additionally drastically help our faculties in your communities with monitoring and addressing these points.”
The Wellington Catholic District Faculty Board (WCDSB) has not made an official assertion relating to hashish shops in native municipalities, mentioned WCDSB assistant superintendent Tim Yawney.
“Our focus has been on schooling of our college students and our households, and on coverage updates to replicate the transfer to legalization,” he defined.
WCDSB deliberate to host a “Scholar Motion Discussion board” – on Dec. 6, 9:45am to 2:15pm, at Springfield golf course in Guelph – to study and focus on key questions on the current legalization of hashish.
College students will have the ability to ask inquiries to a vice principal, police officer and an knowledgeable from Homewood Well being Centre who specializes within the affect of hashish on the mind.
Municipalities have till Jan. 22 to determine whether or not or not they’ll enable retail hashish shops of their communities.