No Medical Marijuana on OU or OSU Campuses
The hotbed topic that is dominating the newsfeed in Oklahoma is that of SQ788 and the states recent decision to legalize medical marijuana. It could be said that state lawmakers were not ready for the voter turnout that was received or the states majority decision to legalize. Ever since the passing of SQ788, state officials have been scrambling to pass regulations by way of emergency provisions and countless meetings by state lawmakers and health officials. No matter what your personal feelings are pertaining to medical marijuana, the majority has spoken and the state is 3 to 45 weeks away from seeing its first card-carrying medical marijuana patient.
Two of the largest state universities will not be allowing their students that may have a medical marijuana card consume, possess or smoke their medical marijuana on campus, according to a news release.
The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University issued a joint news release and said the two universities must comply with federal law.
In the release. the schools say:
“the two institutions are legally bound to comply with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA). which mandates the implementation of drug prevention programs and prohibits the use of illegal drugs on campus or at university-sponsored events and activities.”
The two Universities are saying that “despite the passing of SQ788, “DFSCA requires OSU and OU to adopt and adhere to policies prohibiting the use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs, including marijuana. Moving forward, OU and OSU will adhere to federal law prohibiting the use possession, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for any reason at their campuses across the state.
Here is the Universities full statement:
“Oklahoma State University (OSU) and The University of Oklahoma (OU) receive federal funds, and the two institutions are legally bound to comply with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), which mandates the implementation of drug prevention programs and prohibits the use of illegal drugs on campus or at University-sponsored events and activities. The universities must also comply with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act, which describes the drug-free policies required at workplaces with certain federal contracts.
“Furthermore, the two Universities must also comply with the Federal Controlled Substances Act (FCSA), which criminalizes the growth and use of marijuana.
“Despite the recent passage of State Question 788, the DFSCA requires OSU and OU to adopt and adhere to policies prohibiting the unlawful use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs, including marijuana. Moving forward, OSU and OU will adhere to federal law prohibiting the use, possession, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for any reason at their campuses across the state. Additionally, federal law also prohibits the use and distribution of marijuana for any reason at events authorized or supervised by OSU and OU. Even with the evolving state law permitting marijuana use for medical reasons, it is important for students and employees to know they cannot consume, smoke or possess marijuana on campus even though they might have a card or prescription permitting them to do so.”
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