The Tomato

Can I buy it if it’s mouldy? Photo: Rame Abdulkader.
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U of O urged to reopen Brooks as a grow-op

Students are urging the U of O to reopen Brooks after mouldy marijuana helped them reach a more heady high from their OCS products.

“At first I thought it was gross,” Andrea Grahamson, a second-year English major told the Tomato. “But it really does have benefits. That night I had the best sleep of my life. I thought I would never wake up!

Grahamson is one of many students calling for the university to reinvest in Brooks residence, which shut its doors earlier this year due to mould, among other issues, as a weed grow-op.

“It’ll be at least a few years before they can do anything with that space. They might as well put it towards something students will actually use,” said Vincent Li, a third-year biology student at the U of O.

“We are absolutely not doing that,” Jacques Fremont told the Tomato in an email.

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) took the opportunity to stand with students, stating in a Facebook post that the university’s decision not to let students into the mouldy building to smoke their marijuana was racially motivated, and came as a surprise.

“The SFUO fully supports students’ right to smoke mouldy weed in the abandoned Brooks building,” the statement read. “All those who oppose this motion are obviously white supremacists.”

Comments from students confused about the accusations of racism were deleted by the SFUO.

The university’s firm stance against reopening Brooks has prompted some students to go so far as to sneak into the abandoned residence building at night to smoke their stash, documenting their adventures with the now trending hashtag, #hittingthebrooks.

While most students enjoy the new high from the mouldy marijuana, others feel safer getting their bud from more traditional sources, namely, marijuana dealers and dispensaries.

“I just find my local dispensary on Rideau to be more reliable and trustworthy,” said U of O alumnus Lucas Matthews.

Whether it’s fresh, frozen, or mouldy, the Tomato wishes everyone a great high this holiday season.