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  1. chillinwill
    A statewide jump in medical marijuana card applications doesn’t seem to have affected college students much when it comes to living in residence halls.

    The majority of Colorado’s four-year public institutions require students, with few exceptions, to live on-campus their first one or two years. None of them allows medical marijuana cardholders to smoke marijuana in residence halls.

    Mesa State College is one of those schools, requiring freshmen and sophomores under the age of 21 who don’t live with a parent or spouse in Mesa County to live in a college residence hall. In those halls, it’s against college policy to smoke or store marijuana, whether it’s used for medical reasons or not, according to John Marshall, the college’s vice president for student services.

    “It’s simply not something we can accommodate,” he said.

    Marijuana, tobacco, alcohol and nonprescription drugs are all banned from Mesa State residence halls. Medical marijuana is not addressed separately from marijuana in general in the student housing guide, but Marshall said that would be remedied by the fall.

    So far, no students have asked the college to be released from the freshman and sophomore requirement to live on campus so they can use a medical marijuana card off-campus, Marshall said. But some schools have experienced that, including the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    CU Director of Residence Life Paula Bland said she is not sure exactly how many students at the school have asked to have their housing deposit returned so they can use medical marijuana. But it has happened a handful of times this year, she said.

    “It’s probably more this year than it was last year. Last year we just started seeing students have medical marijuana cards,” she said.

    Bland said all of the requests came midyear, when a student already had been living in a residence hall and wanted to move out.

    Fort Lewis College spokesman Mitch Davis said he wouldn’t be surprised if the college received some requests from cardholders to live off-campus, but so far that hasn’t happened.

    Colorado State University spokesman Brad Bohlander and University of Northern Colorado spokesman Nate Haas said they haven’t heard of any students on their campuses asking to live off-campus to use medical marijuana.

    As of Sept. 30, the average age of a medical marijuana patient was 40, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The department reported at that time Mesa County had the 10th largest amount of cardholders in the state.

    By Emily Anderson
    April 4, 2010
    The Daily Sentinel
    http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/college_dorms_ban_use_of_medic/

Comments

  1. SWIMclub
    "It's simply not something we can accommodate." What a crock. SWIM is less than surprised that they couldn't come up with anything better than that NON-REASON. What they really mean is "We don't have a good reason to deny this person the right they have under the law, but we're still not going to let them do it." As if anyone on a college campus needed a card to smoke weed anyway... :rolleyes:
  2. toe
    This makes perfect sense to me. If smoking is prohibited ( as it is in most, if not all dormitories in the U.S by now), then smoking is prohibited.

    As long as the administration is willing to let affected students out of their housing contracts, it seems perfectly reasonable.
  3. Crazy Insane Sanity
    But they don't allow it at all. Not for storing, eating, nothing. If these students really do have a reason for being prescribed, then the college is, in essence, telling them they can't take the medication on campus that their physician has prescribed, and deemed to their benefit. Smoking is one thing...out-right prohibiting is another.

    It's like taking away ADHD meds, anxiety meds, or anti-depressants because they alter their state of consciousness. Sure some people might abuse benzos and amphetamines...that doesn't mean some people don't legitimately benefit from their medicinal qualities.
  4. Nnizzle
    My iguana goes to school in Colorado. They have anti-marijuana propoganda all over the place, and one gets in a lot of trouble for possessing marijuana and/or smoking in the dorms, e.g. getting suspended, probation, losing scholarship for study abroad, etc. It is not allowed to have marijuana in the dorms, but if one has a card that they can show to someone then the school won't do anything. Because it is prohibited they will just make you move off campus but no judicial action will be taken and your housing deposit will be returned. It's pretty awesome, a lot of kids just get one sophomore year so that they are allowed to move off campus then instead of junior year.
  5. Terrapinzflyer
    Sounds like a bit of a tempest in a teacup. Bureaucracies move slowly - we are all painfully aware of that. The interest here should be how they intend to handle this- not the rules they haven't changed yet...
  6. Euthanatos93420
    Yeah sure that wouldn't be an issue. Except that this includes 'storing' as well. Also, non-smoking methods of consumption.

    It is not as perfectly reasonable thing. It's just more religio-fascist bullshit.
  7. Nnizzle
    Yes but you have to take into account the fact that medical marijuana is still not recognized as a medicine by the federal government. While for example in Denver medical marijuana is completely legal, it hasn't been for long. Amphetamines and benzodiazepines have been recognized as legitimate prescription medicines for decades by the federal government whereas marijuana is still a legal gray area.

    Think about it like alcohol: I may be wrong but I assume some public universities in the States are dry even though alcohol is legal? Or often they have rules where you can drink if you are 21 but not around underage people. It ranges from place to place, but it's even more of a gray area with medical marijuana because technically it is illegal for everyone, so allowing consumption on campus would probably rub a lot of people the wrong way. I guess it's really a political thing but keep in mind that the medical marijuana movement is just blossoming. Medical marijuana needs to become more of a "majority" thing before universities start allowing their students to use it. It's unfortunate but I don't really see it as a point of contention. What would happen if the state decided to allow medical marijuana on campus? Surely there would be a lot of commotion and right now I can't see the people who make that decision coming out on top. We just have to wait. Tomorrow is a big day for the medical marijuana movement and its only going to get bigger.
  8. coolhandluke
    if they ban medical marijuana they should ban ALL prescriptions. which of course would never happen. swim supposes if someone were perscribed 80 mg oxycontin pills that would be just fine! even though people die from them all the time and pose a much more serious danger to the student body. what a load of shit. makes me sick that they cannot see past the stigma attached to marijuana use, wouldn't expect this from so called "educated" establishments. shows me that no matter how much schooling someone has, common sense cannot be learned in a classroom.
  9. Euthanatos93420
    Fuck the feds. They have jack shit to do with this. THis is a state decisions just like alcohol is both a state and county to county and university/colleg to university/college.

    State colleges should follow state law. Private colleges can admittedly do whatever the hell they want. But if a state institutes medical marijuana usage why should a patient be denied education because of a medical condition and the necessary treatment for that?

    Sorry, God shit on you...not us. What?
  10. Nnizzle
    Jack shit to do with this??? If marijuana were legal on a federal level this wouldn't be an issue in the first place.
  11. Euthanatos93420
    That's a gross oversimplification of the issue. Not that it's any less but the truth is that prohibition is not a federal affair or decision. It's a states right to make it's own laws. It is obscenely unconstitutional for any federal law to supersede a state law that directly conflicts on matters that are internal.

    If a state says Medical marijuana is legal then federal law has no relevancy. Admittedly the judicial branch and the feds are trying like hell to shit on that basic constitutional right but that's the way it is.
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