The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) is asking local municipalities to opt-out of allowing cannabis retail stores.
Ontario municipalities have been given until January 22 to decide whether or not they want to host retail shops.
In a letter circulated to Dufferin municipalities, Gary Slater, Superintendent of Education at UGDSB, urges municipalities to opt-out until there is a clearer understanding of the social and financial impacts of legalized recreational cannabis and retail distribution.
The school board has heard concerns from public health around increased access and consumption as a result of retail shops.
Board staff share concerns that potential increased access by youth may result in more addiction, mental health and discipline issues in schools.