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Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

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The 2 sides of smoking marijuana on campus

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Recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and over is now legal in California. Under proposition 64 users can now possess and smoke marijuana in their own private homes but trying to smoke marijuana in a public place or college campus is still illegal.

CSUN, like many other college campuses, receives federal aid. To continue to receive federal aid universities are required to follow federal law by maintaining a drug-free campus since marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

While marijuana legalization has been celebrated by many, Chief of Police Anne Glavin of the CSUN Police Department says that marijuana cases aren’t a new or big problem on CSUN campus despite common misconceptions. Glavin says that marijuana can more commonly be found at campus housing.

“Would I rank it as a huge issue? No. It’s not one of the top five problems we have at CSUN,” Glavin said.

As for special precautions CSUN police services might take, notices from student affairs have been sent to students in the past to serve as reminders. Increase in marijuana cases on campus is possible but at the time aren’t expected to increase due to legalization.

Marijuana consumption is already a minimal problem and any confusion is limited to a small number of students.

Glavin also clarified that in addition to usage, sales, cultivation, possession and distribution on a college campus is illegal. Students that bring marijuana to campus can be written up for violating the student code of conduct and can possibly be arrested by CSUN police.

CSUN student Star Resendez agrees with Glavin and believes that numbers won’t increase due to legalization. Resendez also believes that CSUN Police services shouldn’t have to add addition precautions since the issue isn’t hugely present on campus.

“They don’t need to reiterate the policies because there haven’t been any new issues with people trying to smoke on campus,” Resendez said. “I think people understand that they still can’t legally smoke in public places. Legalizing it wouldn’t change people’s perspective on that.”

Despite it still being illegal, many believe that marijuana should be allowed on campus. Jessica Russo and Brittany Smith, a cashier and budtender respectively, at Alternative Herbal Health Services believe that allowing students to consume marijuana on campus can offer benefits.

“I think it should be legal to use on campus,” Russo said. “I know it helps a lot of people. A lot of people from my last job would come in and want something to focus on studying.”

Smith believes that marijuana helps people every day because it is used as medication. She believes it’s only reasonable that students be allowed consumption as well.

Chrissy Welsh, a cashier at Alternative Herbal Health Services had a slightly different perspective.

“What’s interesting with it legalized now, for example, people in the professional environment think that they can be stoned now, and their job won’t care but if the place has policies and procedures you have to follow them,” Welsh said. “So, it is what it is with school and it was your choice to go there.”

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