Cannabis legalization is set to come into effect on October 17th across Canada and many universities are gearing up to implement new policies.
Numerous universities have been imitating tobacco policies, which currently bans cannabis smoking or vaping. However, according to a draft policy, UBC will allow people to enjoy a hit of marijuana in large areas at the Vancouver campus.
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Smoking rules at the UBC Point Grey campus limit all types of smoking in their health precinct, which includes the hospital and other health-related facilities.
Anyone on campus is also forbidden from smoking within eight metres of any doorway and inside any building.
Cannabis possession is heavily restricted at residences and no marijuana smoking will be permitted in student living quarters.
UBC’s draft policy surrounding marijuana use on campus will take effect at the same time as the nation-wide legalization.
Going Smoke Free?
This decision by UBC comes after the Canadian Cancer Society published a report this month that urged campuses to become smoke free.
Currently, five BC post-secondary institutions are smoke free:
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Langara College
- Douglas College
- University of the Fraser Valley
- Trinity Western University