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Marijuana on campus

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Although the use of marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is against university policy to use on campus. Photo courtesy of http://the420times.com

In the state of Colorado, it is still a felony to sell marijuana without a medical distribution license, but the use of it is a different story.

Medical marijuana has been utilized, in the state of Colorado, for quite some time, and a recent law has been passed allowing certain stipulations for people to use it, without a medical prescription.

A person who is over 21 years old may possess 1 ounce or less without punishment or fines. It is still a petty offense to use this in a public setting. A person carrying 2-6 ounces will be charged with a misdemeanor and potentially face one year of incarceration.

Carrying marijuana becomes a felony when the amount carried reaches 12 ounces. The possession of 8 ounces or more is considered possession with the intent to distribute and will enhance any sentencing brought to a person.

Like many university campuses in Colorado, Colorado State University-Pueblo does not allow the use of marijuana. Even if a person meets all the requirements of the law, the use of marijuana on the university’s campus, including parking lots, will result in immediate punishment.

The reason for this is because the university is federally funded. All the grants, financial aid and loans are through federal funds and the use of marijuana is still federally illegal.

The university has to sign off that there is no tolerance to the use of marijuana, with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, to receive all the funding that is required. Without federal funding all students would be required to pay their own way out of pocket.

However, the question is, whether or not it is illegal to come on to campus, from an off campus location, under the influence of marijuana.

“It would violate the code of student conduct even if it is legal, but without drug testing we can’t tell unless there is a blatant outburst in a class,” Director of Student Judicial Affairs, Jessica Boynton, said.

So yes, it is against school policy to come on campus under the influence of marijuana, but it is just difficult to pick out when that happens, unless someone is impeding on classroom learning.

If a student were to be caught using marijuana on campus there would be several different punishment options.

Although Boynton believes each case is different and punishment depends on the circumstance, the typical first offence punishment consists of probation, a $60 fine or an educational drug class.

“Sometimes I like to have the student read a chapter out of the drug book on campus and then report back to me on what they learned from it,” Boynton said.

Even the use of medical marijuana is not allowed on the university campus. In the case that a student has a prescription and needs to use marijuana for a health issue, they can request to wave living requirements on campus.

In addition, the marijuana policy also applies to all school-funded trips as well. If the university sets up a ski and snowboard trip to a nearby resort, it is still against the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act to use marijuana.

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    Alex WalkerJun 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Guess I’ll be going to a private University.

    I really hope the lame dudes talking about cops patrolling more are just trolls. If this college really was to hire security guards or more cops to go through the dorms just looking for people smoking weed itd be a shame. Theyd probably raise tuition to pay for it you fools.

    I say it yall follow the dont ask dont tell policy.

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    ThaPiffMay 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    people actually smoke weed at this school?? haha. I thought everyone was wack here

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    Mr. AnonymosApr 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Well actually Brandon there have been SEVERAL incidents of violence related to weed. There were four last semester at Wolf Village, several other “bad exchanges” in the city that led to people getting shot that were on the news. Get your facts straight before you spew out info you’re not even sure about sir.

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    WillApr 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    hey carl…

    if the law told you to jump out the window would you?

    the pot heads are not hurting you, nor are they really hurting themselves. There is no medical evidence that marijuana is bad for their body, in fact its given to elderly people and even the younger generation to help them cope and or fix a lot of internal issues.
    On top of that, the tax revenue that comes from medical marijuana is actually an ideal thing for anyone who ACTUALLY gives a living shit about the economy.

    So yes it does make sense that it isnt allowed on campus because we are federally funded, but that doesnt give you any reason to sit on your damn high horse and ask that the police patrol campus more. Seriously? When the drunken sports players cause a rukus i’m sure you dont ask that the cops come do more security do you? If someone in your hall is taking a percaset or vicoden do you ask them to also be monitored? Heavens no! Because those are medications, just like marijuana, that are given by the doctors.

    You sit here and just sound ignorant. Do you complain about the cigarettes and the cigarette smoke that seeps in your window because people are smoking out side? No, i bet you dont. So instead of asking for someone else to do worthless tasks… feel free to get over it, or find a legitament construcive way to deal with it.

    there not bothering you so stop bothering them

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    HenryMar 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I agree, smoking doesnt pose nearly as big of a risk as drinking. I dont think the problem is people smoking marijuana, its that some are smoking indoors. Because of the Colorado Clean Air Act of 2006 it is class two petty offense to smoke anything indoors may it be hookah, cigarettes, or marijuana (maximum $200 fine for a first violation within a calendar year; maximum $300 fine for a second violation within a calendar year; maximum $500 fine for a third or subsequent violation within a calendar year).

    Also as Shaun said the School is federally funded which means regardless of state laws the school must still follow those set by the federal government or risk loosing such funding such as Stafford loans or PELL grants.

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    ShaunMar 13, 2013 at 3:01 am

    If they’re using marijuana in the dorms then they’re breaking the law, at least the school’s law, Brandon. In case you failed to read the article.

    “Like many university campuses in Colorado, Colorado State University-Pueblo does not allow the use of marijuana. Even if a person meets all the requirements of the law, the use of marijuana on the university’s campus, including parking lots, will result in immediate punishment.”

    “The university has to sign off that there is no tolerance to the use of marijuana, with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, to receive all the funding that is required. Without federal funding all students would be required to pay their own way out of pocket.”

    Just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t make it a waste of time for the police or a waste of tax dollars. Rules are rules and have to be enforced. 🙂

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    BrandonMar 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Carl, what are these “potheads” doing to you or others that concerns you so much? How many students have had to be hospitalized due to use of marijuana? Zero. How many have been hospitalized due to alcohol consumption? Several. The worse these potheads are going to do is play video games and eat junk food. No need to waste tax dollars on having police patrol for marijuana users. Let’s focus on those things which actually cause problems.

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    CarlMar 6, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Stil we see alot of potheads all around campus and specially in the dorms. Please get the cops to patrol inside dorms more frequently. Thanks

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