Even though marijuana use is about to become legal in Washington and Colorado, that won’t mean it will be legal to use at the states’ colleges and universities. Instead, federal laws and college rules of conduct will combine to keep pot illegal on campuses.
Many young people had a hand in voting a few weeks ago to pass legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington for people over 21. However, most universities have codes of conduct banning marijuana use, and they get millions of dollars in funding from the federal government, which still considers pot illegal. That means, these young folks will not be able to light up on school grounds, including their own dorms.
“Everything we’ve seen is that nothing changes for us,” said Darin Watkins, a spokesman for Washington State University in Pullman.
“If you possess marijuana and are over 21, you still may face discipline under the student code of conduct,” University of Colorado police spokesman Ryan Huff said.
The federal government i funding millions to the universities and the colleges which have have codes of conduct banning marijuana use which still considers pot illegal. The federal government doesn’t seem to be easing up on the law anytime soon either.
The laws and regulations are going to be interesting going forward on how people will regulate the legal use of pot and as always the Feds will try to fight against it. Until the law is in full swing, you can still get cited for small amounts of marijuana both state.
A similar story proves that pot isn’t legal until everything is in place, for instance: Cops in Fort Collins, CO. continue enforcing pot laws the same as before Election Day, when Colorado voters legalized marijuana.
Two dozen citations for simple marijuana possession were issued by local agencies in the three weeks since the vote passed Nov. 6. Prosecutors and police say that’s because the law has not yet officially changed.