Obama Smoking Weed.jpg
Good news and bad news, college kids.

The bad news: If I-502 passes today, your college still won't allow weed on campus.

The good news:


Even If I-502 Passes Today, Colleges Still Won't Allow Weed on Campus (And Will Still Be Full of Kids Getting Stoned)

Obama Smoking Weed.jpg
Good news and bad news, college kids.

The bad news: If I-502 passes today, your college still won't allow weed on campus.

The good news: You'll probably just keep smoking weed anyway, whatever happens.

That's the takeaway from a story published yesterday by the Spokesman Review provided by The Murrow News Service, which means it was reported and written by students at the WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

The story notes a fact that's not often discussed by those fighting for marijuana legalization in Washington. If passed, I-502 will have many obstacles to face at the federal level. One of them, which public colleges won't likely mess around with, is the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, which declares that colleges that allow illegal drugs on campus face the possibility of losing federal funding.

As the story notes:

"We can't do anything that would threaten federal funding," said Darin Watkins, spokesman for Washington State University.

At the University of Washington, the passage of I-502 is not likely to change the university's ban on marijuana, said Norm Arkans, a university spokesman.

"We would comply with the law that governs where those dollars flow," Arkans said.

None of this comes as a surprise, of course, considering the addictive qualities of federal funding.

So what will the kids do? How will they live with this injustice?

According to the Murrow News Service, the same way they've already been living with it.

Student advocates say they don't want to jeopardize federal funding for the university. However, Topsanna Littlestar, vice president of WSU's branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the initiative -- whether it passes or fails -- might have relatively little impact on campus.

"There's a lot of people who smoke on campus anyway," she said. "They smoke in their dorms, they smoke on campus, they smoke joints walking to class. They do it anyway. So they're going to keep doing what they're doing right now, and they're going to have a little bit less fear of getting busted for it."


All jokes aside, while the story leads and finishes with the somewhat obvious, it quickly dips into the somewhat murky - existing medical marijuana laws, and the precarious position they put people and institutions in. As it turns out, colleges - just like everyone- are clueless when it comes to playing by the rules created by the half-ass medical marijuana legislation that's currently on the books. And I-502 isn't likely to make things any clearer.

Remember Mark Cooke, the drug policy advisor for the ACLU of Washington? Dude who chatted with the Daily Weekly yesterday about growing racial disparity in marijuana arrests in our state? Turns out the Murrow News Service has his number, too.

As the story notes:

At state universities, officials are trying to answer a tricky question: How can the university comply with federal law without interfering with the rights of patients who have a prescription for medical marijuana? That picture may be clouded even more by the passage of the initiative.

Mark Cooke, drug policy advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, said conflicting marijuana laws and policy have perplexed patients, as well as officials enforcing the various laws and policies.

"The current law doesn't provide a lot of protection for patients," Cooke said. "There's a lot of confusion among the local government about how they should handle this issue. So it doesn't surprise me to hear that there's confusion at the college level as well."

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