MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN MY STATE: WHY CAN'T I USE IT ON CAMPUS?
By Jonathan Cook
Recreational and Medical Use of Marijuana Remains Illegal on College and University Campuses. Despite polls showing support for the legalization of marijuana topping 60% nationwide and states like Massachusetts and Vermont recently becoming the eighth and ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana (joining Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington and the District of Columbia), students and parents should not expect any change in College and University zero tolerance policies. Here is my advice in a nutshell:
Another example, UMass Amherst provides the following policy statement:
"Federal laws require any institution of higher education which receives federal funding to have policies prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana on campus. The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed in any University housing or on any other University property. The University will continue to enforce its current policies regarding controlled substances, and any student who violates University policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus, may be subject to disciplinary action."
See UMass Amherst Code of Student Conduct at 13.
Like alcohol, you have to be 21 years old to use, possess or cultivate marijuana and it is only permissible on private property.
Additionally, students should beware that employers and landlords are allowed to promulgate their own prohibitions and restrictions.
Remember: although it is extremely important to hire an experienced Student Defense Attorney as early in Campus Disciplinary Proceedings as possible (as soon as a notice of charges is received, if not before), it is never too late. Whether a student has already been sanctioned and is in the appeals stage or even after an appeal has been denied, a lawyer with extensive experience representing and defending college students can offer invaluable help.
Jonathan Cook at New England Student Defense has represented over 150 students at Colleges and Universities nationwide from Yale University and Georgetown University to the University of Houston and Tulane University.
These materials have been prepared by SRT for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.