Category: Medical Marijuana
| Posted on Thu, March, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
Seems pretty stupid that alcohol is no problem on campus but medical marijuana is...?
The ability of faculty and students to use medical marijuana on college and university campuses is now in the hands of Gov. Jan Brewer.
And it may end up in court.
With only two dissenting votes, the Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to ban possession and use of the drug, even by people who have a state-issued card entitling them to use it for medical purposes, on college campuses. The House already gave its blessing to HB 2349 on a 52-2 margin.
Brewer is no fan of medical marijuana, having urged voters to defeat the 2010 initiative that allows those with a doctor’s recommendation to obtain and use up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. But the governor also has allowed the state Health Department to implement the law.
As of the beginning of the month, the state had issued user cards to more than 22,000 Arizonans.
More recently, Brewer gave the go-ahead to start licensing dispensaries later this year to sell the drug legally. In the interim, cardholders have been allowed to grow their own.
The fight is over the fact that the initiative bans use in public areas and public schools. But it leaves the door open for possession and use on the campuses of colleges and universities.
Rep. Amanda Reeve, R-Phoenix, said she sponsored the legislation to expand the ban at the behest of the Arizona Board of Regents.
She said allowing the drugs on the campuses would put the schools in violation of federal regulations which require campuses to have policies against illegal drugs. And while the initiative legalized marijuana for medical uses under state law, it remains a felony under federal law to possess it.
The danger, Reeve said, is the schools could become ineligible for federal grants, and federal aid and loans for students could be put at risk.
But Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, said that argument does not wash.
“Medical marijuana is legal in a whole bunch of other states,” she said. “And they haven’t had any problems getting federal funding for their university and college campuses.”