Cannabis on campus: how B.C. universities plan to deal with the coming legalization of pot

Posted on September 28th, 2017

University and college campuses across B.C. will need to re-evaluate their smoking policies in preparation for the proposed legalization of marijuana set for July 1, 2018.

Smoking regulations vary from campus to campus and critics are concerned that school policies in B.C. will not be strict enough.

At the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), the Assistant Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management Adrian Hingston says that the school has yet to set any policy changes in motion to prepare for pot on campus.

The degree of restriction when it comes to smoking on campus varies greatly on B.C. university and college campuses.

Emily Carr University and Trinity Western University are the only institutions in the province that have a completely smoke-free campus,  the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria restrict smoking to designated smoking areas, and BCIT and Simon Fraser University (SFU) only ask smokers to keep a certain distance from entrances, windows and covered walkways. For SFU that distance is 10 metres, and at BCIT it is 6.1 metres.


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