1. The Legislation and Carleton University
  2. Policy Updates
  3. Use Cannabis Responsibly
  4. Marijuana Information
  5. Effects of Marijuana Use
    1. Physical Effects
    2. Cognitive Effects
    3. Potential Long-Term Health Effects
  6. e-Toke
  7. Resources

The Legislation and Carleton University

Pursuant to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, Cannabis Control Act of Ontario and other applicable law:

  • You need to be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis in Ontario;
  • You are able to have a maximum of 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried cannabis in public at any time;
  • You are not able to smoke or vape cannabis on campus;
  • You are not able to consume cannabis in areas further prohibited by the Smoke-Free Ontario Act or any other applicable law;
  • You are not able to grow cannabis on Carleton’s campus;
  • Online delivery of cannabis is not permitted on campus, as is the case with alcohol; and
  • Edibles are not available for sale and consumption is not permitted on campus.

Carleton is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for medical cannabis consumption on a case-by-case basis. Students should contact the Paul Menton Centre and employees should contact Human Resources for more information on the accommodation process.

Policy Updates

Additionally, the following policies have been updated, pursuant to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, Cannabis Control Act of Ontario and other applicable law:

Use Cannabis Responsibly

Information on using cannabis responsibly can be found on the Ottawa Public Health website.

Marijuana Information

Did You Know... The number of students who report smoking marijuana frequently is lower than you think? Carleton students thought that 30% of students smoked frequently, when in fact it was only 4%. Frequently mean smoking 10-29 times per month.

National College Health Assessment, 2012

Marijuana (cannabis) is the most commonly used illegal drug in Canada. In a survey released in 2011 by the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), 18.3% of people aged 18-29 in Ontario use marijuana weekly or daily. Among post secondary students in Canada, 17% use marijuana monthly and 6.3% use it daily.

The choice to not use marijuana is a good one! But for those students who decide to use it, this microsite is designed to present relevant information on the health impacts of the drug, its effects on everyday activities as well as the legal consequences assocaited with marijuana. The goal of this site is to promote self-awareness and reduce the harm to users.

Effects of Marijuana Use

Physical Effects

  • Red eyes
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Irritated respiratory system
  • Increased appetite and heart rate
  • Decreased blood pressure, balance and stability
  • Possible drowsiness or restlessness

Cognitive Effects

  • Impairs depth perception, attention span and concentration
  • Slows reaction time
  • Affects thinking and problem solving
  • Interferes with learning and work performance
  • Impacts short-term memory
  • Can result in paranoia

Potential Long-Term Health Effects

  • Bronchitis
  • Heart palpitations and heart attack
  • Lung, upper respiratory or upper digestive tract cancer
  • Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia


E-Toke, or Electronic THC Online Knowledge Experience, is an anonymous online tool that gives you personalized feedback on your marijuana use.

The assessment takes around 10 minutes and is self-guided. It requires you to enter information about your marijuana use, lifestyle and demographic. Remember, e-Toke is completely anonymous so only you have access to your results.

Once you complete the questionnaire, e-Toke generates a personal profile that identifies your marijuana use patterns, and compares it to local and national college and university norms. The information is designed to empower students to make healthier and responsible choices.

If you are interested in learning more about your personal marijuana use, try e-Toke now!

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1. Carleton’s Health and Counselling Services

2. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health  (CAMH)

3. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)