Colleges in Colorado and Washington caught between state and federal laws with marijuana legalization
- New laws adopted through ballot measures Tuesday legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults in Colorado and Washington have created a sticky situation for officials at both states' flagship universities who say that campus policies are unlikely to change as a result.
- The disconnect between the new state laws and existing federal laws is the issue in question for officials at these schools, and policies are unlikely to change until those disparities are ironed out by state and federal officials.
- Officials at the University of Colorado at Boulder say they will soon be deciding how to address next year's annual 4/20 "smoke out" on the campus--which has attracted thousands of marijuana advocates in the past and resulted in a campus crackdown last April--and one University of Washington official sees the new law as an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with students about substance use in general.
From the article:
Officials of Colorado and Washington's flagship universities say new laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults in those states are unlikely to change campus policies. Both laws, adopted through ballot measures on Tuesday, allow people over the age of 21 to possess small amounts of pot for personal use. They are the nation's first laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. At issue for colleges in both states is the apparent disconnect between the new state laws and existing federal laws. ...
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