UofT Smoking Ban

University of Toronto Bans Smoking on all Campuses in New Year

The University of Toronto has announced that it plans to ban smoking on all three campuses effective January 1, 2019. The ban will apply to the smoking of lighted tobacco or cannabis, as well as the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. Indigenous ceremonial activities and medical conditions will be accommodated for. More information about the ban and its specific details can be found through the University’s official announcement.

With the implementation of this ban and the legalization of cannabis in Canada, there are various things students should be informed of and keep in mind when it comes to the use and possession of cannabis. 

Legalization of Marijuana

Cannabis (marijuana) became legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. Information around cannabis and its use can be found in Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act.  

10 Things that are Still Illegal after Pot Legalization

Despite the legalization of cannabis, there are various activities that are still considered illegal and individuals can be charged if found breaking these laws. Ten things that are still illegal after pot legalization:

  1. Buying cannabis-infused food (edibles)
  2. Selling cannabis without a license
  3. Giving cannabis to a minor (someone under the age of 19)
  4. Consuming anywhere in public
  5. Carrying more than 30 grams in public
  6. Driving while impaired (zero-tolerance policy)
  7. Possessing “illicit” cannabis (purchasing pot from an unlicensed seller)
  8. Bringing marijuana on international flights
  9. Mailing cannabis
  10. Possessing a flowering plant in public

Provincial Specific Rules Across Canada 

For additional information on the different rules related to the legalization of cannabis specific to Ontario, visit the Canabis Legalization page on the Government of Ontario's website. 

It is important to remember that the laws differ amongst provinces. Click here to read more about province-specific rules versus Canada-wide. 

Drug-Impaired Driving

Getting behind the wheel while impaired by drugs is not only dangerous, it’s against the law. Trained Police Officers or Drug Recognition Experts can determine if you are under the influence of a drug and can charge you with impaired driving. You can have your license suspended, face fines, criminal charges, and even jail time.

Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn the following:

  • How cannabis impairs drivers
  • How cannabis affects your ability to drive
  • How to plan ahead
  • How police protect our roads from drug-impaired drivers

Cannabis and International Travel

The legalization of cannabis does not change Canada’s border rules. This is the case even if you are travelling to and from places that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis.

Entering Canada – Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis into Canada is illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.

Leaving Canada – Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders is illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.

For more information about cannabis and international travel, please visit here.

US Border Agency: 3 Warnings When Travelling to the US

  1. If you intend to travel to the U.S., be aware that previous use of cannabis or any substance prohibited by the U.S. federal laws and/or involvement in the legal cannabis industry (such as work or sales) in Canada could result in you being denied entry to the U.S.;
  2. If you have ever smoked a joint or if you work in a cannabis related industry you should not attempt to deceive the border guards. Instead, you can politely ask for a withdrawal of your application for admission. It is at the discretion of the border guards to grant or deny your permission to enter the country. However, the decision at the border may not be permanent and you may have the opportunity to reapply in the future;
  3. Do not attempt to cross the Canada-U.S. border with any amount of cannabis in any form, even if you are travelling to a U.S. state that has legalized possession of cannabis. If you do so, you may not be allowed to enter and could be deemed permanently inadmissible to the U.S. You may also face legal prosecution, fines, or possibly jail time. If you travel with a Nexus card, your Nexus card may be canceled and you would not be able to apply for a new one in the future.

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