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Marijuana still banned on campus after Proposal 1 passes on Nov. 6 ballot

November 13, 2018
Beaumont Tower on July 30, 2018.
Beaumont Tower on July 30, 2018. —
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In an email sent out to students Monday, MSU said the use or possession of marijuana on any property owned or managed by the university will still be prohibited after Proposal 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot passed.

The passage of Proposal 1 will legalize the possession and use of marijuana by individuals 21 years and older.

"We would like to remind everyone that this new state law will not change policies prohibiting the use or possession of marijuana on any property owned or managed by MSU, and by MSU’s faculty, staff, or students on any MSU property or during off-campus MSU business or events," the email said. 

The university email, sent out by Vice President for Student Affairs and Services Denise Maybank, said marijuana is still a criminalized drug according to federal law and MSU is subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989.

MSU’s drug and alcohol policy prohibits the "unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession and use of controlled substances, illicit drugs and alcohol on property governed by the Board of Trustees," the email said.

Any employee or student who is caught violating university policy in regard to the use or possession of illegal drugs will be subject to legal and disciplinary action, the email said.

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