What you need to know about cannabis at Lakeland

no cannabis - green leaf with red not permitted symbolWhile recreational use of cannabis is now legal in Canada, you aren’t permitted to use it, have it, grow it or sell it at Lakeland College for recreational purposes.
 
Lakeland College’s Tobacco and Cannabis Policy (see the first drop down below) prohibits the possession or use of any non-medicinal cannabis products on Lakeland property.
 
This includes Lakeland residences and all owned, rented or leased property, including vehicles.
 
As well, there are no designated spots at Lakeland for the use of cannabis. Note: Tobacco products are allowed in designated smoking and vaping areas outside on Lakeland property. Those areas are marked by signs. Smoking isn't permitted in any Lakeland buildings.
 
Our policy complies with the laws and bylaws of multiple jurisdictions including:
 
As well as our policy as an e-document, the drop downs have some common questions and answers. Included are links to a variety of information about cannabis use.

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Lakeland's Tobacco and Cannabis Policy
If it’s legal in Canada, why isn’t it allowed at Lakeland?
Each province, municipality and landowner can regulate where cannabis may be used in specific areas.
 
Lakeland College is a community space used by people of all ages. In the spirit of harm reduction and the prevention of incidental contact with cannabis products among non-users, Lakeland chose to prohibit the possession or use of non-medicinal cannabis products on its property.

Can Lakeland ban cannabis in residence?
Yes. As the owner of the residences, Lakeland has the authority under Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act to prohibit cannabis in its buildings.
Is medically prescribed cannabis permitted?
Yes. Lakeland will seek to accommodate persons who disclose the need to use medically prescribed cannabis products. pill with a cannabis leaf
 
Accommodations will be coordinated through Health Services. See our cannabis policy (page 3) for further details.
I’m concerned about my cannabis consumption. Who can I contact?
You can contact health services or speak with one of our counsellors or wellness advisor.
 
Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) were developed by a group of Canadian health organizations.
  • Cannabis use has health risks best avoided by abstaining.
  • Delay taking up cannabis use until later in life.
  • Identify and choose lower-risk cannabis products.
  • Don’t use synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Avoid smoking burnt cannabis—choose safer ways of using.
  • If you smoke cannabis, avoid harmful smoking practices.
  • Limit and reduce how often you use cannabis.
  • Don’t use and drive, or operate other machinery.
  • Avoid cannabis use altogether if you are at risk for mental health problems or are pregnant
  • Avoid combining these risks 
Check out a more detailed version of LRCUG with the reasons for the particular recommendations. There's also a LRCUG brochure (pdf).
 
You may also contact:
Where can I get more details about cannabis?
These provincial and federal websites have information about cannabis legislation, safety, the potential health risks of cannabis use and more.
I have questions about Lakeland’s policy. Who do I contact?
Email questions@lakelandcollege.ca








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