Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bogus: Institutes of Higher Learning in Colorado, Washington a Buzzkill for Marijuana-Minded Students

College students may have been the biggest supporters of pot legalization in Colorado and Washington, but ironically they may benefit the least from the new laws. 

Many universities and colleges have anti-marijuana codes of conduct on their books (which seem as quaint as curfews and single-sex dorms) and because of the federal funding many of the institutions receive from the government, anti-drug enforcement is still alive and well.

The penalty for toking it up in campus — even in a state that's decriminalized weed? Expulsion.

"Everything we've seen is that nothing changes for us," Darin Watkins, a spokesman for Washington State University in Pullman, told the Associated Press.

Of course, as the decades of anti-drug policy has shown and as the surging popularity of legalization demonstrates, just because someone bans something, it doesn't mean people will stop doing it.

"People in dorms now who want to smoke, they do it," Anna Marum, a Washington State senior, says. "I do think more people will be smoking in the dorms when marijuana is legal for use."

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