Alberta— Bow Valley College has taken an official smoke-free stance by banning all substances that can be smoked or vaped at all seven locations.
The college enforced the ban in March 2018.
As Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana looms, many institutes in Alberta are thinking of ways on how they will handle the use of marijuana on their campuses.
College Vice-President, Mario Siciliano stated that the ban is mostly a pro-active measure.
“With the upcoming legalization of cannabis, it was really just an important opportunity to take a proactive measure, certainly, we’d encourage all institutions to take a good look at this.”
Burman University in Lacombe has also made a similar decision in banning marijuana on campus.
Director of residence services at Mount Royal University (MRU), Mark Keller, is also mulling over a likely to ban marijuana use.
Initially, MRU was planning on allowing marijuana consumption in specific public areas on campus, however, with city council’s ban on marijuana in public places this decision is being reviewed.
Honored for the decision
Bow Valley College and Burman University were applauded for the decision by Action on Smoking and Health.
They scored the highest by the organization’s ranking when addressing tobacco and cannabis use on campus.
The executive director of the organization, Les Hagen said other colleges should follow the example of the two schools.
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“There may be a verbal understanding in some of these campuses that smoking is not allowed, but without a clear written policy there’s the potential for abuse and misunderstanding.”