The Government of Canada has legalized cannabis for recreational use.
The City of Calgary is responsible for public consumption, retail rules and locations, land use and zoning, education, and the enforcement of municipal, provincial, and federal regulations. The City has prohibited recreational cannabis in Calgary’s public places.
Mount Royal “will follow all federal, provincial, and municipal legislation,” says Candice Merrill, the manager of Security Services at the university. “With the city banning consumption in public places, there will be no cannabis use on campus.”
Some students are still confused on whether they can consume cannabis on campus. The answer is no – there will be no recreational smoking, vaping, or eating cannabis products anywhere on campus.
- Recreational cannabis cannot be consumed anywhere on campus (including Residence).
- Students who smoke before class could face consequences.
- Cannabis may be consumed on private property.
- Recreational cannabis may not be consumed in Calgary’s public places.
- 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent is the most you can buy or carry in public at a time.
- Cannabis can’t be consumed in vehicles.
- Driving while impaired can result in criminal charges.
- You can grow up to 4 plants per household (not per person).
- You can’t buy edibles, but you can make them.
Shayla Breen, the Vice-President of Student Affairs for the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University, says that students who go to class under the influence of any substance could face consequences.
“If a student is caught smoking cannabis or caught intoxicated in class whether it be from cannabis or alcohol, a student can be reported to the Student Code of Conduct by either staff, faculty, or even security,” says Breen.
She added that much of the cannabis education and policy promotion that students should expect will focus on safe consumption. “I would love to see sites on campus for students to partake in using cannabis for harm reduction reasons,” says Breen.
There are a variety of factors that accompany cannabis consumption and regular use. Breen says that giving students a safe, secure, and well-lit area to consume cannabis encourages open discussion about these topics.
“Maybe you shouldn’t be mixing with alcohol, maybe you should be vaping over smoking, maybe you should be talking to your doctor if you’re taking other medications or if you have mental health illness that runs in your family.”
SAMRU is planning to take a harm reduction approach to students consuming cannabis, but students at Mount Royal will not be able to enjoy recreational cannabis on campus unless the City changes its rules on public consumption.