Canadian University Bans Marijuana Use — Will Others Join Them?

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With recreational cannabis scheduled to be legalized in October, many universities throughout Canada are developing campus regulations concerning cannabis use on the school premises.

In some instances, schools are outlawing all cannabis smoking, while others are creating designated areas.

According to a submission to the University of British Colombia (UBC) students are requesting that campus regulations be like the regulations everywhere else.

The Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy recommends were drafted after a meeting with 25 students and members of staff at UBC Okanagan.

The recommendation states that selling cannabis on campus in small amounts would assist in placing marijuana on the same level as alcohol.

Ph.D. student, Stephanie Lake, who studies cannabis and harm reduction also board members of the Sensible Drug Policy group, believes that over-regulating cannabis could lead to confusion.

“Over-regulating on campus could lead to confusion about what the rules are and how to stay within them.”

She added

“There is a diverse community of people on campus and they skew younger, most are 18 to 24, coincidentally the demographic that consumes cannabis at the highest rates in Canada”.
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Lake explained that allowing weed vaping lounges on campus would allow students over 19 years old to consume the substance in a controlled environment.

The lounges would restrict students who are underage from taking part as well as protect those who do not want to encounter pot.

“Allowing moderate access to cannabis on campus may be the best way to control it, just as liquor stores check ID.”

University counsel Hubert Lai stated that a draft of the new cannabis policy will be taken to the Board of Governors, followed by a public discussion on the policy.

“Any policy developed will not only comply with the new legislative changes on cannabis but will also prioritize a safe working environment and university experience for students, staff and faculty members.”
The University of Victoria is expected to create cannabis-friendly smoking areas on campus (Image via
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Kane Kilbey, the associate vice president of human resources at the University of Victoria (UV), is expected to create cannabis-friendly smoking areas on campus for adult students and residents.

These areas will not be open to underage students.

“We are focused on those adults living on campus and finding an area near where they live where cannabis can be safely consumed. Our data tell us that 23 percent of our students have consumed cannabis in the past month, so these behaviors are well-entrenched.”

He added

“The federal government has made it clear that non-medical cannabis will legal, just like beer and wine, after October 17. So that’s a fundamental consideration for UV’s final policy.”

Colleges and Universities are being urged by the Ministry of Advanced Education to educate individuals on public health and safety when they draft cannabis policy.

In addition, educational resources on cannabis on campuses, which include a website on the risks of cannabis and drug-impaired driving, are being created by the ministry and the federal government.

It is scheduled for launch prior to the official legalization date.

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