Eli Ridder | Report

Issues stemming from cannabis legalization last year have been few, Humber College’s director of public safety told Humber Et Cetera this week.

Cannabis consumption and growth became legal with various regulations on Oct. 17 — but the Humber administration put a complete ban in place that started on Jan. 1 as part of their healthy campus initiative.

The ban has received backlash from students and at least one group on campus.

Two incidents have taken place since last October, Director Rob Killfoyle said, but beyond that he found the transition “really anti-climatic.

“In one case we ended up having to contact the police to help us,” he told the Et Cetera, adding that “by the time police had got here they had finished and moved along on their own.”

It is not clear whether students are truly complying with the ban, or if those that smoked or carried cannabis illegally before are continuing on as normal. However, many students are not in favour.

The Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber chapter of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy believes that the full campus-wide ban on recreational cannabis consumption only serves to stigmatize those that are users, the group’s president told The Avro Post last year.

The CSSDP argued that “the issue of cannabis use on campus is a dynamic and multi-faceted one” and its president, Emelia Maceášik, said that the group advocates for “reasonable and realistic policies”, and recognized that students will smoke cannabis on residence regardless of the ban.

Other students have told The Avro Post that the ban has no effect on them as they did not consume cannabis previous to legalization.

While many universities and colleges had started with a campus ban, some are working towards having cannabis smoking zones, especially for those on residence.

The University of British Columbia will allow marijuana to be smoked on campus in certain areas of campus as the administration is sticking to “evidence-based decision-making”, Hubert Lai told CBC News.

The University of Guelph is considering options for cannabis-smoking, but it is not clear whether any decision that is made by the central campus administration would impact Guelph-Humber.

IGNITE has not responded to a request for comment or clarification on their stance for cannabis smoking on campus.


Image from The Avro Post.

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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