The Colorado College administration released a statement on Thursday afternoon reaffirming and expanding their previously expressed policy prohibiting the use of marijuana on campus, despite the passing of Amendment 64.
Not only will students not be allowed to light up on campus, but are also prohibited from doing so away from the confines of CC.
“The college policy does not allow the use of marijuana, whether on-campus or off-campus,” the community e-mail said. “If a student violates this code, he or she is subject to disciplinary action through the college’s judicial process.”
Since the Student Code of Conduct dictates that students are expected to behave within college policy off campus until their graduation or exit from CC, the newly released decision continues that mandate.
Amendment 64, passed as a constitutional right for the citizens of Colorado in November, allows for the legal sale and recreational use of cannabis for those 21 and older. Legal marijuana must be consumed in private and individuals are not allowed to possess more than one ounce of the drug.
CC’s latest policy is legally in line with the text of the new amendment, which states that “nothing in this Section shall prohibit a person, employer, school… or any other entity who occupies, owns or controls a property from prohibiting or otherwise regulating the possession, consumption, use display, transfer, distribution, sale transportation, or growing of marijuana on or in that property.”
“When the college becomes aware of an issue that might violate the Code of Conduct, on or off campus, we have the authority to act,” Rochelle Mason, Associate Dean for Students, said. “We want students to be reminded of that fact.”
The college also says that it will not change the disciplinary punishments for marijuana use.
“Our Student Code of Conduct has not changed, nor have our responses and sanctions,” Mason said.