UBC may allow pot to be smoked on campus


While many Canadian universities have decided to prohibit pot smoking on campus, UBC’s Vancouver campus may allow it everywhere cigarettes can be smoked.

Basically, smoking of any kind would be banned inside, in bus shelters, and near doors and air intakes at its Vancouver campus.

On the UBC Okanagan campus, the smoking of tobacco and cannabis is generally prohibited except in the designated smoking gazebos.

“In anticipation of recreational cannabis legalization, UBC has spent several months consulting with experts and stakeholders on revisions to Policy 15—the smoking and smoking product promotion on campus policy—that will also address cannabis use,” said Hubert Lai, University Counsel at UBC in a statement.

Students, faculty and staff have an opportunity to provide their input on the proposed policy until Nov. 16 before it is finalized in early 2019.

The University of Victoria is also considering allowing pot smoking on campus.

But other universities, such as Kwantlen Polytechnic University, have opted to ban all kinds of smoking on its campuses.

KPU’s policy states that “holding or smoking lighted tobacco, electronic cigarettes or other related devices that produce smoke by plant-based materials will be prohibited on KPU property.”

Most other B.C. universities have, or plan to, enact full-out bans, including BCIT and the University of the Fraser Valley.