With legalization now here, a large challenge many parents in our community are concerned with is how to talk to their kids about cannabis use (especially in an anti-smoking climate, it may be difficult for children to reconcile your words with your actions as a non-tobacco smoker). There is no reason to be ashamed of enjoying a relaxing joint, vaporizer or edible. It is no different than any thing else you enjoy for relaxation. Would you hide your glass of wine or cup of coffee from your children? Probably not. Cannabis is a legal recreational substance in Canada now (and has been medically legal for many years).
Regardless of their age, the concerns with children are all the same: whether you are setting a good example and whether the kids have access to your cannabis. Small kids are curious and probably have fingers in everything. Older kids might know about cannabis but don't know what it smells like. Teenagers definitely know what cannabis looks and smells like. First, be honest and remember, there is nothing wrong with enjoying cannabis. If you don't know the answer to something, be honest (and just google--your kids will anyways!) Like the rum in the cupboard, just let them know cannabis is for adult use only. Some parents keep their alcohol in a special cabinet--you could have the same solution for cannabis in your house. There are even special bags on the market that have locks on them. Don't forget that lots of cannabis is already sold in child proof containers. Any responsibility or moderation you are already teaching your children can easily be applied to cannabis and cannabis consumption.