Marijuana Edibles OK At New Brunswick Universities, Smoking a No-Go

The three major universities in the Canadian province of New Brunswick have revealed their on-campus cannabis regulations.

Students 19 or older attending any of New Brunswick's three major universities - the University of New Brunswick (UNB), St. Thomas University (STU) or Mount Allison University - will be allowed to partake in a limited amount of legal cannabis in their residences come October 17. Students attending each of these universities will be allowed to consume edibles in their dorms, but smoking will be prohibited.

"Non-smoked cannabis products may be consumed only by individuals 19 and over in private residence rooms and designated residence common rooms and lounges," UNB president Eddy Campbell said in a memo sent out to staff and students in June.

Scott Duguay, associate vice-president for enrollment management at STU made a similar statement about their cannabis regulations.

"Residence itself will be non-smoking...but the forms of edibles will be legal as long as you're 19 and basically meet all the requirements of the law," Duguay told The Daily Gleaner.

New Brunsiwck's premier francophone post-secondary institution Université de Moncton has yet to set their on-campus regulations. But Nathalie Haché, assistant director of communications has hinted at what they will look like.

"Our policy will be strongly influenced by our current policy on alcohol and by the Smoke-Free Places Act, and will also meet the legislation coming into effect."

Students at UNB, STU or Mount A will not, however, actually be allowed to do any cannabis cooking in the dorms. And since edibles won't be available for purchase until sometime next year, students looking to get their brownie fix will have to figure out another way to get a hold of them. Growing plants in the dorms will also be prohibited, but students will also be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of dried flower, as per the federal possession guidelines.

None of the universities will allow smoking anywhere on campus.


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