Eli Ridder | Report

The University of Guelph has banned the use of cannabis across campus until a pot policy can be developed, The Ontarion reported on Thursday.

Like Humber College’s policy, that also covers Guelph-Humber, the consumption of cannabis in any form falls under the smoking regulations, as reported by The Avro Post.

Residences are included in the policy, so growing, distribution, or consuming cannabis is not allowed within the buildings.

The provincially legal limit of carrying 30 grams of dried cannabis applies to Guelph residence–but students must keep the pot in their room and take it straight to where they will be consuming it when travelling with pot.

Regulation for the future that could result in cannabis smoking being allowed on campus is being worked out by the university, but will be based on research.

However, Humber and IGNITE have been silent about further policy beyond the ban since legalization occurred last month on Oct. 17, and no one from administration or student government is responding to requests for further comment.

In contrast, Guelph is taking an open, multifaceted approach, working with residence staff to “compile documentation”, reported The Ontarion, Guelph’s independent student newspaper.

The research done by residence staff will include “the strength of odour from dorms, the making or consumption of banned homemade edibles, and the underage consumption of cannabis.”

The research gathered will allow the administration, and likely student government, to move past a ban and bring about a policy solution that benefits both the campus and greater Guelph community, officials told The Ontarion.

Even if research by the university finds that there can be areas on residence where cannabis can be smoked or vaped, the provincial government would also have to loosen restrictions.

Other provinces such as British Columbia and Nova Scotia have less restriction and students on some campuses are finding they can consume in their private residence rooms.

Those using cannabis for medical reasons and backed by a doctor have no ban, continuing as normal.

The Avro Post has reached out to IGNITE student government for further comment on the cannabis ban, inquiring what it might do in the future.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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