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November 15, 2018, Michigan
In this midterm elections, Michigan legalized the adult-use of cannabis with the approval of Proposition 1. However, this statewide legislative change will not have any effect on the colleges and universities in Michigan where cannabis will continue to face the ban.
For instance, Michigan State University has sent a letter to its campus community, which notifies the students and staff that the election result will not change the university’s policies regarding marijuana. According to the letter, the possession and use of cannabis will remain prohibited on any property owned by the university. In addition, faculty members, students, and other staff members will have to face the same rules during off-campus events managed by the university.
Apart from its own Drug and Alcohol Prohibition Policy, Michigan State University has banned cannabis use on campus in order to comply with federal rules. As per the letter, the university has to act in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Furthermore, students and staff members violating the policy will face disciplinary and legal actions. Similar to Michigan State University, other universities and colleges in the state have also followed suit and conveyed to their students and staff that federal laws will take precedence over Proposal 1.
There is nothing new in universities and colleges banning cannabis use after its statewide legalization. Barring a few exceptions, educational institutes in every legal state, be it Colorado or California, has a similar decree for cannabis use and possession.
One of the main reasons for cannabis ban on campuses is the educational funds and grants doled out by federal entities. Federal financial support restricts many universities from following state rules. According to federal law, cannabis is still classified as Schedule 1 controlled substance. This classification entails that the substance poses health risks and doesn’t have any therapeutic value.
The federal definition of cannabis is quite contrary to what has been accepted and legislated in more than 30 states where medical marijuana is legal. Because university and colleges follow federal rules on cannabis, they don’t even allow medical use of cannabis within their premises. There have been many cases where students and their families had to go to court for getting special permission to administer medical cannabis on campus.
Approval of Proposition 1 in Michigan
Michiganders have legalized recreational cannabis by voting Proposition 1. The provisions of the measure will go into effect 10 days after the certification of election results. According to reports, Proposition 1 will go into effect somewhere in the next month.
During the first year of recreational legalization, users will have to rely on domestic cultivation of the strain to fulfill their needs since the Proposition will allow licensed cannabis businesses to operate after one year. Furthermore, people who are contemplating getting the stuff from other states must be cautious on interstate highways because they come under the federal jurisdiction. The Highway Patrol charges people according to federal laws.