One day after Vermont’s legislature moved to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, not everyone is on the same page.
The bill, which would go into effect July 1st- would allow Vermonters 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot.
It would also allow people to grow two mature plants or four immature plants.
Krista Marzewski is against it, and thinks it will have “devastating effects.”
“I think a lot of rules, just in the work force and in the work environment, and in colleges and schools, definitely laws and regulations have to be rewritten, with much clearer guidelines,” said Marzewski.
Demery Coppola is a freshman at St. Michael’s College. The 18 year-old says she supports the bill, but understands her college has its own rules.
“Well, I mean you choose to live on the campus, you choose to follow their rules, so I feel like that should be their decision,” said Coppola.
According to the college’s most recent student code of conduct and college policies, “Vermont State Law and Saint Michael’s College prohibits the use, possession or transfer of controlled drugs, and subjects the offender to fine and/or imprisonment (18 VSA 4205; 18 VSA4224).”
Dawn Ellinwood, St. Michael’s Vice President for Student Affairs, also adds the college is “working on understanding how this impacts our campus and how to best educate our students around the new law.”
Other Vermont colleges and universities have similar policies.
Vlad Onishchenko is a freshman at Champlain College. and says he doesn’t think weed is dangerous. “As long as you have your priorities straight, and you know what you’re doing and don’t put weed as the first thing in your life then, you should be fine,” said Onishchenko.
Champlain College says its “policies related to illegal drugs and controlled substances will not change from its current application and enforcement. Because the College receives federal funding for financial aid and other programs, we follow the federal rules and laws. This is consistent with how other higher education institutions in states like Colorado and Washington (and now California) are dealing with the issue.”
Annie Stevens, Vice Provost for Student Affairs at University of Vermont also released a statement to Local 22 & Local 44 News.
“We encourage all students at the University of Vermont to be fully engaged in their academic interests and the life of our campus. The misuse of substances is the adversary of reaching one’s full potential and actively engaging in all that UVM has to offer. We recognize and support the healthy choices that most students make and want to support all students in their positive pursuits. Moreover, while state law will change as of July 1, federal law hasn’t. UVM policy will not change; persons may not and will not be able to possess or use cannabis on campus, even if above the age of 21,” said Stevens.”