Universities’ Plans Around Cannabis Legalization Focused On Student Awareness And Safety

Article by Anna Sharratt, Globe and Mail

CANADIAN UNIVERSITY REPORT - CANNABIS Universities' plans around cannabis legalization focused on student awareness and safety ANNA SHARRATT SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL The sale of recreational Cannabis became legal Oct. 17. CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Kira London-Nadeau is pretty chill about cannabis. A 23-year-old University of Toronto graduate who is now pursuing a master degree at Université de Montréal, she has seen nothing as an undergrad that makes her worry about the impact cannabis legalization will have on campus life.

“It was not seen as a big deal,” she says of marijuana usage among university students.

Ms. London-Nadeau, who is also a Montreal-based national board member of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), believes fears that cannabis usage will skyrocket this fall as Canada legalizes it are unfounded. She feels that students who want to smoke can always find a way to do so. “If you are on a university campus and you want cannabis, you can find cannabis,” she says.

The sale of recreational cannabis became legal Oct. 17. The legal age of consumption ranges from 18 to 19, depending on the province. Legalization of edibles is to follow at a later date.

Research from the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Survey suggests that 41 per cent of Canadians between the ages of 16 and 24 used it in the past year.

But many, like Ms. London-Nadeau, believe that legalization will bring the advantage of increased cannabis regulation and monitoring.

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