Updated on August 16, 2020.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Many colleges forbid medical marijuana
use by their students despite state laws allowing it, and students are
beginning to challenge their policies. Typically, college policies state that
students with a legal medical marijuana license are not allowed to use
cannabis, so students are left to either not use cannabis or secretly medicate
themselves and worry about the potential consequences, like expulsion.
One student is suing GateWay Community
College in Phoenix for expelling her for violating the school’s drug policy,
according to the Washington Post.
School officials pulled her out of class to conduct a drug test. The student,
who was studying diagnostic medical sonography, uses cannabis for chronic pain
from polycystic ovary syndrome. Actual drug testing is more common in nursing
and medical programs.
Colleges fear losing federal funding if
they don’t abide by
federal law. According to USA Today,
some states, like Connecticut, have addressed this grey area by forbidding
colleges to discriminate against students who use cannabis.