Northwestern students, officials speak on legalization of cannabis

By: Zach Blank

In June, Illinois passed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, legalizing the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis for residents of Illinois who are 21 years of age or older. When the law goes into effect in January, however, it will still be against Northwestern policy for any student, regardless of age, to possess cannabis.

According to the University’s webpage on cannabis policy, the school must abide by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act in order to remain compliant with federal — not state — law.

“Northwestern University prohibits the possession, use, manufacture, cultivation, dissemination, and storage of cannabis by students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all of Northwestern University’s campuses and properties and at University-sponsored events,” the school policy states.

Even medical cannabis prescribed by a licensed doctor is prohibited on Northwestern campus, according to the guidelines.

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