With recreational cannabis now legalized across the country, the University of Regina is reminding students and staff of the schools’ no smoking policy.
With the no smoking policy in place, students who stay in the dorms are also not allowed to grow marijuana plants as well.
School president Dr. Vianne Timmons said those who want to smoke both tobacco and cannabis products are asked to do so off campus.
“Because we’re smoke free, that includes cannabis,” Timmons said. “If you want to smoke cannabis, you have to go off the campus property. You can’t smoke it in your car, you can’t smoke it on the campus itself.”
The U of R implemented the smoke-free campus in August, but does not include the First Nations University of Canada and the use of tobacco for smudging and pipe ceremonies.
Timmons said those who use cannabis for medical reasons will also be an exception to the rule.
“If people who require medical supports for cannabis, which typically they tend to do more edibles, we do have exemptions for people who have medical needs.”
Timmons said student reaction to the policy has been relatively good.
“We’ve had very little negative reaction to it,” Timmons said. “We put the policy in place this summer, and it’s been quite positive.”
While there is no set penalty for violating the smoke-free policy, Timmons said the U of R is depending on voluntary compliance, and people violating it will be asked to stop.