Legal pot will mean lots more students will smoke on campus, survey finds

A recent poll of SAIT students has found that 25 of 32 questioned say they don’t smoke pot before class.

But many say that they will once the drug is legalized so they won’t be “worried of smelling.”

The informal survey was conducted on campus in mid-September, as the federal government moved forward with plans to legalize pot as of next July 1.

Some students who didn’t want to be named said smoking marijuana “clouds their judgment” or sometimes “makes it hard to concentrate.”

Only six students out of those 32 said they do smoke before class, including one student who didn’t want to be named.

“Sometimes I get really stressed about class, the course and what we’re doing but smoking a little beforehand really helps,” said the student.

“It also helps me concentrate a lot better. I can focus and get a lot more work done if I smoke before going into class.”

When asked if they think the use of marijuana before class, and on campus, will increase once it’s legalized, 15 of the respondents said yes.

“It will give students better access and the thought of not getting in trouble for smelling like it, or getting caught smoking it on campus will get a lot more people into smoking before class,” said the student who was interviewed.

Sometimes I get really stressed about class, and the course and what we’re doing but smoking a little beforehand really helps. – A student

Under the government’s plan, those age 18 and over will be able to purchase and possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

SAIT currently has policies in place to allow anyone with a medical prescription to use smoke marijuana. Smoking is subject to same rules that apply to tobacco use, which means outdoors, in designated smoking areas.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Hannah Wolf is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2017-18 academic year.