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MUN, CNA clarify pot policy

Memorial University’s St. John’s campus.
Memorial University’s St. John’s campus. - File photo

The province’s two public post-secondary institutions clarified their pot policies Tuesday, ahead of legalization of the product today.

The recreational use of cannabis will not be permitted on Memorial campuses, the university clarified Tuesday ahead of legalization of the product.

Memorial said it is in the process of reviewing all current internal guidelines, procedures, and practices that could be impacted by the legalization, which is in effect Wednesday.

The university said students who require cannabis for medical purposes may seek accommodation through the Blundon Centre.

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) also said Tuesday it will be blunt about what the legalization of marijuana means for its campuses, employees, and students.

 Even though cannabis is legal, its use (whether it’s growing or consuming) will remain prohibited on college-owned or operated properties.

“At CNA, we provide a teaching and learning environment which supports the success of our students and ensures a safe and healthy work environment for our faculty and staff members,” Elizabeth Chaulk, vice-president academics and student services said in a news release.

“All our campuses will continue to be smoke-free, and rules similar to restricting alcohol consumption will apply. We will have signage on our campuses informing students, employees and the general public of where CNA stands on cannabis use and what they need to know about its consumption.”

To prepare for the legalization of cannabis, CNA formed a cannabis task group and said it has developed a variety of materials for students and staff tackling issues such as the health risks associated with cannabis use and frequently asked questions about the impact of cannabis legalization.

CNA also said its board of governors updated its governance policy to state that: “No person shall be under the influence of nor consume cannabis or illicit drugs on or in property of the college or its work sites.”

Similar to the smoke-free policy currently in effect at CNA, cannabis regulations include any person on campus, whether they are students, staff, faculty, subcontractors and/or their employees, and visitors. All events hosted at CNA campuses are smoke-free.

The cultivation of cannabis plants is not allowed anywhere on campus, including in student residences or private offices. Cannabis edibles may not be produced, baked or cooked anywhere on campus, including in residences. In addition, drug paraphernalia of any kind is prohibited in student residences.

Cannabis products may not be delivered anywhere on CNA property.

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