The AMS is pursuing opening a cannabis store in the Nest.
At a meeting on August 26, AMS executives discussed partnering with Canopy Growth, a cannabis producer, and creating a submission for the UBC Board of Governors.
“This is something the AMS has been considering for a while now,” said AMS President Cole Evans.
Evans said that UBC has been looking into its policies related to the sale of cannabis on campus, making this an opportune moment to explore a dispensary. AMS meeting minutes show that Evans and AMS VP Academic and University Affairs Georgia Yee spoke to Michael White, associate vice-president of UBC Campus and Community Planning.
Canopy Growth said in an emailed statement that it wasn’t in talks with UBC, but didn’t mention the AMS.
Plans are still preliminary, but Evans said that there seems to be a large population of students that are excited about it. The AMS has no data gauging student interest for a dispensary, but he cited a “positive reception” to AMS Student Services Manager Ian Stone’s promise to open a campus dispensary in his failed bid for AMS president last year.
“I think that we would be in a very good position … to deliver a service to students that isn’t just somewhere that people could access cannabis, but also serves as … more of a responsible service where we can simultaneously educate students around substance use.”
Evans acknowledged that some students are concerned about opening a cannabis store on campus, specifically about how the ease of access would affect the campus environment.
Evans said the AMS is focused on creating an inclusive space that works for everybody. The aim is to offer students who do use cannabis a safe and discreet way to obtain it, while providing an opportunity to learn about