Colorado’s Amendment 64, passed earlier this month, sought to legalize amounts of marijuana under one ounce for personal – including recreational – use. However, several Colorado universities have decided that while the state’s law may allow marijuana, the university’s code of conduct will still ban the substance and impose penalties on students who are caught with marijuana. The universities that are planning to continue banning marijuana on campus include Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, and Front Range Community College.
University officials cite two reasons for the decision to keep prohibiting marijuana use on campus. First, they note that restrictions in the student code of conduct against marijuana use are similar to the restrictions on alcohol use. Though alcohol use is legal under state law, the code of conduct limits the places on campus that alcohol can be sold or consumed.
Second, officials note that public universities are required to abide by several federal laws, including the Drug-Free Workplace Act, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments, and the Controlled Substance Act. Banning marijuana on campus keeps the university in compliance with these rules, recognizing that under federal law, a conviction for marijuana possession still carries criminal penalties.