Please read the letter below from Dr. Réka Gustafson, Vancouver Medical Health Officer and School Health Officer. Parents are strongly encouraged to talk to their child about Vancouver's 4/20 event. Attached are resources for both students and parents to review and to help inform their choices.
Please note, the VSB does not condone students participating in the 4/20 event. Students are expected to be in attendance at school on Friday, April 20.
420 2018.pdf 420 TIPS FOR STUDENTS.pdf
Vancouver’s 4/20 event (the
so-called cannabis protest day) is often a concern for parents and an
attraction for some students. Each year, thousands of people attended the event
where hundreds of vendors were selling cannabis to be smoked and cannabis
edibles such as brownies, cakes, freezies, and other sweets.
Again this year, 4/20 will
happen at Sunset Beach in Vancouver.
Unfortunately, minors will not be excluded from the site.
Following 4/20 each year, there
are many visits to the Emergency Room at St. Paul’s Hospital and first aid
stations because of cannabis intoxication. Most cannabis overdoses are among
youth who have consumed edible forms of cannabis. Edible cannabis
can take several hours to have effect. It is very easy to take too much by
Cannabis overdoses are
distressing and unpleasant experiences.
Scientific evidence shows that
regular use of cannabis in the adolescent years negatively affects brain
development as well as social and emotional development, both of which can have
long-lasting effects. Two of the primary
goals of the legalization of cannabis are to limit youth access and to protect
young people from promotion or enticements to use. To limit use among youth,
even after legalization, cannabis will only be available to adults. We have
prepared a fact sheet for students. Please feel free to distribute it to
teachers, parents, and students on our behalf.
Health Officer and School Health Officer