Cannabis on Campus FAQ

When is recreational cannabis legal for purchase and use in Manitoba?

Legal cannabis retail stores opened October 17, 2018.

What is the legal age for purchase and possession of recreational cannabis?

In Manitoba, you must be 19 years of age to legally purchase and possess recreational cannabis.

Can you purchase recreational cannabis from anyone?

No, in Manitoba you can only legally purchase recreational cannabis from licensed retailers.

Once legal, can students or employees use recreational cannabis on campus?

As a public institution and under provincial law and College policies, smoking, vaping or consuming recreational cannabis at Red River College is not permitted.

Can I carry recreational cannabis on campus, even if I don’t intend to use it at the College?

No, students, staff, faculty members, and visitors will not be permitted to carry or store any amount of legally purchased recreational cannabis at the College – on their person or otherwise.

Students and employees should be aware that even though provincial legislation permits Manitobans ages 19+ to have and carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis on them in public at any time, Red River College will not permit any amount of recreational cannabis to be carried on or stored on campus grounds.

Can employees or students use recreational cannabis before coming to work or school?

No, consuming any substance – alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter medication, cannabis or otherwise – that impairs your ability to work or learn safely is not permitted. Consuming recreational cannabis is also not permitted before or during any Red River College sanctioned event.

While recreational marijuana use will be legal under federal and provincial legislation and regulation, The Workplace Safety and Health Act maintains that employers have a duty to ensure a workplace is reasonably free of risk to worker safety and health. It is up to each employer, for each workplace, to determine appropriate conduct and policy procedures related to cannabis, just as many employers already do with alcohol.

What if a student or employee has a medical prescription for cannabis?

If you need clarification on the difference between medical vs. recreational cannabis, and medical accommodation, employees should contact Human Resources Consultant (HRC), and students should contact Health Services.

Where can employees find more information on RRC’s impairment policy?

RRC’s new policy – H11 – Employee Impairment is now available online.

A printed copy of the policy has also been included in your toolkit.

Where can Manitobans use recreational cannabis?

The Non-Smokers Health Protection and Vapour Products Act promotes healthier communities by prohibiting smoking and vaping in public places. This includes:

  • streets and sidewalks
  • parks and beaches
  • school grounds
  • restaurants patios and decks
  • grounds of health-care facilities
  • any additional places that may be specified by regulation

In Manitoba, you can only smoke or vape cannabis in a private residence (which includes backyards).

What will remain illegal in Manitoba once recreational Cannabis is legalized?

Even though recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018, there are restrictions under both federal and provincial legislation that consumers must be aware of.

For example, smoking or vaping recreation cannabis in outdoor public spaces, enclosed public spaces and indoor workplaces will be prohibited.

Persons 19 year of age and older cannot buy for or give cannabis to people under 19 years of age.

Driving under the influence of recreational cannabis or consuming it in a motorized vehicle will remain illegal. Restrictions on how marijuana may be transported in a vehicle, and limits for possession will also remain in place.

For more information on Cannabis legalization in Manitoba, please visit the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba.