UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST ANNOUNCES THAT MARIJUANA WILL NOT BE TOLERATED ON CAMPUS
- November 14, 2018
Being the first state on the East Coast to allow the setup of recreational dispensaries, Massachusetts definitely serves as a significant player in the pro-cannabis community. (Let’s not forget that it’s taken almost two years for the little state to open up dispensaries to begin with.) Needless to say, alongside its cousins Maine and Vermont, the Bay State has a lot to offer marijuana aficionados and doe serve as a hot spot for the cannabis industry in the U.S. However, in a manner similar to Michigan (the 10th state to legalize the plant), schools in Massachusetts are taking rigorous measures to make sure the little green plant is controlled on campus grounds. As an example, let’s take a look at a recent case, where the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced that marijuana will not be tolerated on its campus.
No Weed Here!
Besides being the first to open dispensaries, Massachusetts is still one of the newest additions to the list of states that have legalized recreational pot. As a result, the little state has a long way to go. However, one of the most recent dispensaries has opened in the vicinity of UMass Amherst. In fact, a student only needs to take a short drive to get to the Northampton location.
Needless to say, school officials are a bit concerned that students will clog the highways as they travel in hordes to the marijuana store. Furthermore, members of the staff at UMass have enforced the rule that cannabis is still 100% banned on campus and university property, regardless of the statewide legalization of the little green plant. As part of the “Know the Facts” page on the university website, officials have warned students that marijuana will negatively impact GPA and delay graduation.
Enforcement of Laws
So one question remains: how can the university ban the use of cannabis if the state has officially legalized it? According to officials, this campus rule is reinforcing the federal prohibition of the drug and portions of Massachusetts Law. Likewise, officials have regarded the university as a public domain, reflecting the second portion of state law that orders marijuana possession and consumption in public places 100% illegal.
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