Interim Rules Concerning the Possession and Use of Cannabis at McGill

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On October 17th, 2018, the legalization of cannabis in Canada will become official. With this in mind, a workgroup was formed over the summer to create high-level, interim guidelines on how McGill will handle possession and consumption on campus.

These interim guidelines (below) will act as a starting point for more permanent cannabis policies, to be developed through collaboration with key stakeholder groups this Fall.


August 21, 2018 

Until the coming into force of the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018, the consumption and possession of cannabis (except with a medical prescription) remains illegal in Quebec. After legalization, McGill University will apply the following guidelines: 

  1. According to the Cannabis Regulation Act in Quebec, cannabis smoking/vaping is prohibited in “premises or buildings of a university-level institution” and “on the grounds of a post-secondary educational institution”. In the present guidelines, the term “Campus” will refer to: the interior and exterior campus areas of any McGill University buildings in the Province of Quebec (including, but not limited to, student residences, childcare centres, sports fields and playgrounds, areas reserved for spectators like the McTavish Reservoir and Molson Stadium, and designated smoking areas for tobacco). 
  2. Consumption/ingestion of cannabis in all other forms (including edibles, drinkables, topical, etc.) will be prohibited on Campus. 
  3. Possession of cannabis products on Campus will be allowed to the extent permitted by law, except on the grounds of and in the facilities of a childcare centre, or in spaces temporarily occupied by children (e.g. Summer camps). Individuals will be responsible for ensuring any cannabis they possess is secured so that it is scent-free and not accessible to others. 
  4. Minors (under 18 years of age) enrolled at McGill University will be prohibited from possessing cannabis on Campus. 
  5. Possession or cultivation of cannabis plants will be prohibited anywhere on Campus, except as per point 8 below. 
  6. The selling, distribution, serving, cooking, preparing, production and growing of cannabis will be prohibited anywhere on Campus. 
  7. Consuming cannabis on Campus could lead to a disciplinary process either under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures or the relevant policy or collective agreement. 
  8. There are allowances in the Cannabis Regulation Act for research, but such research which will have specific, exceptional, controlled, and defined rules and conditions set.
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