MA Colleges Ban Pot Even When Medical Marijuana Is Legal


Although medical marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts for nearly two years, colleges are telling students as the fall semester nears: You can't use it on campus, even if a doctor says it's medicinal, the Boston Globe reports. College administrators have reaffirmed policies banning the drug in all forms, and that includes students with a doctor's recommendation. They say their hands are tied by federal regulations, which classify marijuana as illegal. They worry that allowing cannabis use could lead to the loss of federal funding, including student financial aid.

“I'm scared I'm either going to go under-medicated and suffer physical consequences if I can't use my medicine enough, or I'm going to face consequences from the school if I get caught,” said Max, an incoming Boston University freshman. He says he has certification from a Massachusetts doctor to use marijuana to treat gastrointestinal issues that cause weight loss and stomach pain. Students caught using marijuana on campuses can face punishment ranging from a warning to expulsion. Some medical marijuana patients and advocates say colleges are being overly cautious. Forbidding the use of a state-recognized, doctor-authorized medicine is unfair, unethical, and a detriment to students, faculty, and others who use the drug to treat ailments, they say.

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