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CHARBONNEAU – Advice to TRU: educate, don’t prohibit cannabis

THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY plans to prohibit the recreational use of cannabis on campus. This, despite the failure of prohibition to deter use for the last 95 years in Canada.

Cannabis is not harmless. Inhaling smoke, be it from wildfires, tobacco or cannabis carries risks. But banning cannabis is not the way to control those risks.

Education is. Education has reduced the consumption of tobacco. Reductions have been especially greater for those with a higher education according to a report from Statistics Canada.

TRU has nine designated locations where tobacco and medical marijuana can be smoked. Once cannabis is legalized on October 17, those locations would be a logical place for recreational cannabis smokers as well.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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1 Comment on CHARBONNEAU – Advice to TRU: educate, don’t prohibit cannabis

  1. TRU is private property, I believe, and they have made a decision partly based on that and perhaps with the idea that future liability issues might be avoided by taking this step.
    Never having “used”, I find the stench of burning cannabis quite offensive.
    Being downwind from a manure spreader mightn’t be harmful to one’s health either.

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