Legal Pot? Doesn’t Matter, Colleges Say

Institutions won’t allow students to use marijuana on campuses for fear of running afoul of federal law and losing their funding.

While some states have removed criminal penalties for marijuana, and many others have legalized it for medical and — more rarely — recreational use, the drug remains forbidden at colleges in such states.

That’s because of a hovering federal threat, but one that has never been realized — that the government could yank funding to institutions that disobey the law banning drugs on college campuses and public schools.

Public opinion on marijuana has shifted in recent years — a Pew Research Center survey from last year found 57 percent of American adults said it should be legalized, as opposed to a decade ago, when 60 percent opposed it being legal. Cannabis enjoys particular support among traditional college-age students, meaning they’re more likely to want to smoke it, vape it or bake it into a brownie — and they have an easier avenue for doing so with the recent move to legalize.

Last year, California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine all voted to legalize marijuana, joining Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and the District of Columbia. Not all states require residents to be 21 to consume.

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