Should medical marijuana patients be able to have prescription medical marijuana on campus? Opioids such as; hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, OxyContin, percocet, vicodin are chemically addictive and are all allowed on any campus or university. I won’t even discuss the mood stabilizers medications, that is for another article. Logic is rarely utilized when dealing with the United States federal gov’t.
Originally written by Jason Barker @ Weednews.co
The decision by voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada to legalize marijuana for adults over 21 years old has cultivated a campus cannabis conundrum at higher learning institutions across the US. Overshadowing the legalization in these states and the new medical cannabis laws passed in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota; has been whether appointments to the president elect’s cabinet will trump any of these gains in cannabis policy. If you go to a college in one of the 28 states or D.C. that has legalized cannabis for adult use or has medical cannabis laws, there are limitations all students should know about.
The college campus setting and campus sanctioned areas present the college student a conflict in a citizen’s right to cannabis under state laws that are being neutralized by campus rules. In order to maintain funding, college administrators must enforce a campus cannaban which includes dorm rooms and off-site fraternities, sororities and other school-sponsored activities. Unfortunately, though legal at a state level, cannabis is still illegal on college campuses because of the federal funding they receive. Federally-funded institutions of higher education must comply with regulations such as the Drug Free Schools, Communities Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act.
Then consider the fact that cannabis use among college students is more prevalent than cigarette use for the first time ever and other dangerous drugs are down on college campuses as well. Use of hallucinogenic drugs (like LSD), “club drugs” (like Rohypnol, Ketamine or GHB) inhalants and alcohol consumption is also slightly down among college students. Cannabis may be replacing many other popular drugs on college campuses, and it’s easy to understand why. Cannabis has been shown to improve creativity, reduce stress, promote sleep and increase bonding between romantic partners or peers. More importantly, it is a much safer choice than alcohol which currently accounts for 1825 deaths, more than 97,000 acts of sexual assault and almost 600,000 injuries among college students annually.
While these universities are sticking with the hard and fast rules, national organizations are still pushing for reform. Consequences for cannabis use on campuses range from warnings, expulsions and even criminal penalties. For students who are also medical cannabis patients, the rules are also dangerous and discriminatory. Students who rely on their medication not only potentially lose access to on-campus residential communities but are also prevented from carrying their medication while on campus.
Medical cannabis advocates and patients call the campus bans unfair to students and faculty who use the drug to treat illnesses. Advocates say they do not believe the government would cut off funding to colleges that allow the use of medical cannabis. For others on a campus as a student patient, they can have really dangerous and addictive drugs like Percocet, Vicodin and Morphine, so then there’s no real reason why they shouldn’t have a mildly psychotropic vegetable matter. Many colleges and universities also benefit from alcohol sales at campus sporting events with some even owning campus themed bars.
Betty Aldworth, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, said her organization will continue its campaign to equalize alcohol and cannabis offenses on campuses, as well as push for policy change in regards to medical cannabis restrictions on campus.
As more college students are using cannabis, seeking out ways to learn about cannabis and get involved in the cannabis community – there are ample opportunities for those on a college campus to get involved on both a community and national level to advocate for policy changes. And with more states pursuing cannabis reform in the next year, this is where you come in … get involved now!
A college chapter for an advocacy group would focus on getting young people involved in legalization and lessening penalties for cannabis use on their campuses. College chapters are unique because they have the potential to affect countries and communities all around the world, since college students are only temporarily living in the same geographical location. Members from a single college could have students from anywhere in the United States and possibly even all over the globe.
Here are a few top advocacy groups nationwide that are pushing our cannabis movement forward by engaging students on campus.