Despite Mass. legalization, some college campuses still ban marijuana

Campuses said their drug policy will stay the same

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WESTFIELD, MASS. (WWLP) – Recreational Marijuana will become legal across Massachusetts on Thursday, but some college campuses across the state will still ban the substance.

Some Massachusetts universities said they will not make changes to their drug policies now that the new law is in place, and some students told 22News they were surprised by their school’s stance. “Pretty shocked, pretty surprised that we’re not allowed to, and it’s legal,” said student Chase Tashjian.

Pot might be legal as of Thursday, but that doesn’t mean students over 21 can bring marijuana on campus. The President’s Office at Westfield State University said the school receives federal funding, so they’ll follow the federal laws banning marijuana use.

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Students said the school sent emails to students notifying them that the policy on marijuana would not be changing following the state’s legalization. “We did get an email from the dean of students telling us it’s still a school law” said Teresa Brossi.

Some students said legalization of marijuana wouldn’t make much difference on campus anyway. “We’re already a tobacco free campus,” said Brandon Chasse. “So I don’t really see a problem with that, I don’t think anybody will.”

However, other students said despite the warnings, and notice from the university, they thought some students would ignore the policy. “I think absolutely, I mean if the ease of access is there, I don’t see why not,” said Tashjian.

Other schools in the area, including UMass Amherst, have also released statements saying their drug policies will not change, when marijuana becomes legal.