Drug Education

On Campus Laws:

On campus, in addition to following the Federal Laws explained below, we also have a Student Code of Conduct. This Code states in Section 14:
"Federal laws with respect to drugs apply on campus. The possession, use, exchange, manufacture or selling of illegal drugs on campus is strictly prohibited."

Violations under the Student Code of Conduct are dealt with under the direction of the Dean of Students

Controlled Drug and Substance Act:

This act is located in the Canadian Criminal Code of Canada.

As of July 2009, this act is still in effect and is still being enforced by Canadian Law Enforcement Agencies, including McMaster Security Services.

In the CSDA drugs are classified into schedules. Each schedule has it's own set of punishments.


  Schedule I Schedule II Schedule III
  • Cocaine
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Heroin
  • Ecstacy
  • Cannabis
  • Hashish
  • Hash oil
  • Amphetamine
  • Methaphetamines
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Punishments for Possession

Indictable 7 years in jail 5 years less a day 3 years

Summary Offence

  • First Offence
$1000.00 fine and/or 6 months in jail $1000.00 fine and/or 6 months in jail $1000.00 fine and/or 6 months in jail
  • Second Offence
$2000.00 fine and/or 1 year
in jail
$2000.00 fine and/or 1 year in jail $2000.00 fine and/or 1 year in jail

Punishments for Trafficking or Possession for Purposes of Trafficking

  • Indictment only
  • Life imprisonment
  • Iindictment only
  • Life imprisonment

Trafficking in less than 3kg of Marijuana

  • Indictment only
  • 5 years less a day
  • Indictment only
  • Llife imprisonment

Punishments for Production

  • Indictment only
  • Life imprisonment
  • Indictment only
  • 7 years


  • 10 years

Summary Conviction

  • 18 months