Maclean’s ranks universities by marijuana use

As the government is in the midst of legalizing marijuana, Maclean’s magazine has released a survey revealing how many students per university smoke cannabis in Canada. The self-reported study shows that students at Bishop’s University have the highest marijuana usage with 60 per cent of students reporting that they smoke. Maclean’s also categorized the survey by program of study which found that students in philosophy smoke the most. Fifty-seven per cent of philosophy students said they use cannabis occasionally to everyday. However, out of all the students that reported their use of marijuana, 63 per cent said they never smoke, while only two per cent revealed that they smoke daily. Carleton University ranked 11th out of 49 universities. Forty-three per […]

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Opinion: Ontario pot plans are problematic

As Canada moves closer and closer to fully legalizing marijuana, it’s inevitable that the provinces will roll out their plans for their own personalized legalization processes. The Ontario provincial government has decided on the interesting choice to make its process of legalization bad and counter-productive. Ontario’s recent announcement to sell marijuana through LCBO-run shops is a bad idea for practical, consumer, and ethical reasons. Ontario plans to open 80 dispensaries run by the LCBO by 2019, which is not inherently a bad idea. What is a bad idea is the province’s plan to crack down on existing private marijuana dispensaries. I will say it outright: there is no logical reason to shut down existing dispensaries. Private dispensaries provide a pre-existing […]

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Drug facilitated sexual assault: what you should know before Frosh 2017

If you have ever hesitated before taking a sip of the drink you left with a friend at a bar, you are not alone. Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) happens more than you think, and it’s four times more likely to occur to someone while they’re completing their post-secondary education, according to Carleton University’s Equity Services webpage. Carole Miller, a crisis counsellor for the Ottawa Police Service, has spoken with many people who have experienced sexual assault, but said it happens more often in universities where experimentation with alcohol and sexuality is already happening. “It’s a tough subject, and normal rites of passage, normal, healthy experimentation is happening anyways,” she said. According to the Equity Services department webpage, “[DFSA is] […]

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Students weigh in on minimum age for marijuana

The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be able to use and possess the drug legally. A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people who are 18 or older. While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25. Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), an organization devoted to educating and empowering youth in regards to the legalization, […]

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Legal age for smoking pot should be 21: Canadian Medical Association

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has recommended the legal age of consumption to be 21-years-old, with certain restrictions on quantity and potency until the age of 25. The CMA submitted a list of recommendations to the task force on marijuana legalization and regulation on Aug. 29—which is based off of its experience regulating alcohol and tobacco. Annick Losier, CMA director of communications, said in an email the task force was organized because of the belief that legalization is for the public good. The CMA recommendations include putting a limit on how much marijuana a person can buy, creating a “phase-in” period or pilot projects to prepare for legalization, and prohibiting marketing and […]

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