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When university policies interfere with medical marijuana use

With recent changes to marijuana laws in different states, millions of Americans are enjoying the benefits of medical treatments involving the use of marijuana. However, even though Massachusetts allows for the use of marijuana for certain medical purposes, some universities and colleges have not adjusted their policies to allow the use of legal medical marijuana on campus.

As a result of certain university drug policies, many students are left with a difficult choice: Move off campus or deal with the difficult symptoms of their illnesses. It's not uncommon, for example, for a university to automatically expel and fine students who possess cannabis that is prescribed for medical purposes. In other situations, students might be required to leave campus housing and never come back.

Problems with university medical marijuana policies

Here is an example of a marijuana policy that students might find at a private or public university:

  • Students may not possess illegal drugs, including medical marijuana, or related drug paraphernalia in dormitory facilities.
  • Students may not sell, distribute or manufacture illegal drugs, including medical marijuana, or related drug paraphernalia in campus housing facilities.
  • Students may not voluntarily or knowingly be present where there are illegal drugs, including medical marijuana, or related drug paraphernalia on campus.

In other situations, students might encounter marijuana policies that are more general in scope -- policies that merely reference marijuana and not medical marijuana specifically. In these situations, it can be difficult for students to know what they are allowed and not allowed to do based on university policy.

Were you disciplined because of a college campus marijuana policy?

If you're being treated unfairly by your university because of medical marijuana, or if you're facing allegations that you've been using drugs on campus, the consequences of those allegations could threaten your scholastic career. You might want to discuss your situation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to better understand your legal rights and options.

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