Cannabis on campus

Recreational cannabis use becomes legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018. The University of Victoria is informing our campus community of university policies and access to public health and harm reduction information and resources regarding cannabis use.

UVic is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors. Like tobacco smoking and vaping, cannabis use on campus will be restricted to specific areas. See map for details.

Our approach

UVic's approach is inclusive of prevention, harm reduction and health promotion using evidence-based information.

Self-reflection and self-awareness

We encourage students to be self-reflective and self-aware so they can make informed decisions and choices. While some people use cannabis, nobody needs to feel pressured to use it. It’s a personal choice, using the same judgment whether to drink alcohol.

Cannabis isn’t for everyone. The way that it affects you depends on different factors, including the reasons behind your use, your physical and mental health, and the environment you’re in. See the definitions below to learn more about how you can make a good personal choice about whether to use recreational cannabis.


Self-reflection is thinking critically about our actions and behaviours. Self-reflection can help determine if our actions align with our goals and can result in more enjoyable and safer experiences.

Ask yourself these questions before you use:

  • What’s a healthy relationship with cannabis?
  • What are some positive or negative things about my use?
  • Do I feel pressured to use?
  • What’s the impact, if any, of my use on my personal vision and goals?
  • Am I having a tough time managing my emotions?


Self-awareness is the ability to examine your feelings, physical sensations, reactions, habits, behaviors, thoughts, beliefs and assumptions. Your experience with cannabis is likely to be more positive if you are self-aware, as you’ll understand why you’re feeling/thinking/acting the way you are.

Use this self-awareness checklist before you use:

Physical health

  • I am aware of my body’s physical condition.
  • I am well rested.
  • I am aware of the effects of the substance on my body.

Mental health

  • I am aware of my mental and emotional state before using substances.
  • I am aware that substances may affect my mental state and mood.
  • I am aware if I am using substances to try to alter my mood.


  • I am aware that the environment in which I use substances can affect my experience.
  • I am aware that the people with whom I choose to use substances can affect my experience.
  • I am aware of my impact on others when I choose to use substances.