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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Letter: Carleton should punish marijuana users in residence

While marijuana is still illegal and criminalized, there is no justification for relaxed policies regarding the use of this substance in residence. On Jan. 21, The Charlatan published an article looking into how residence policies would change if the Trudeau government follows through on its promise to decriminalize marijuana. According to the article, Carleton residence students are no longer fined for being caught with marijuana, and instead they are reminded of the policy. The article also said students caught smoking marijuana in their residence rooms are issued a “behaviour contract,” reminding them of the potential outcomes of continuing their behaviour. After I moved into residence in September, the residents next door began smoking marijuana and the odour filled my room. […]

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Pot would be treated like cigarettes in res, staff say

With changes from the Trudeau government expected to come regarding the criminal status of marijuana, universities will likely have to reform existing bans of pot, especially on campus residences. Current policies around marijuana use in residence vary between universities, but residence directors agree that legalization would probably bring changes to existing policies. Carly Moffat, the associate director of residence life at the University of Manitoba (U of M), said marijuana would be treated like cigarettes in residence if it were legalized. This means marijuana could be smoked outside, as long as students are 25 feet away from any entrance to comply with the federal Clean Air Act. “You can legally purchase and smoke cigarettes if you’re a consenting adult . […]

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