Student Handbook

Drugs, Narcotics & Medical Marijuana Policy

The possession, use or sale of drugs and narcotics, as specified by the State of Michigan and federal laws and regulations, is prohibited. The possession, use or sale of illegal substances is not condoned by the college. Any individual(s) involved in such actions will be subject to serious disciplinary sanctions.

Students found responsible for selling or distributing drugs on or off campus will be subject to immediate suspension from the college. Students found to be using drugs may (for the first offense) be fined $250 and given additional sanctions that may include submitting to counseling. Students found responsible for subsequent offenses will be subject to suspension from the institution.

Michigan law establishes the following minimum penalties for the offenses indicated:

Possession: Misdemeanor, up to one year in jail and/or $1,000 fine

Use: Misdemeanor, up to 90 days in jail and/or $500 fine

Distribution: Felony, up to two years in jail and/or $10,000 fine Manufacturing felony, up to four years in jail and/or $2,000 fine

Federal drug trafficking laws establish minimum penalties of five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

Exceptions to this policy are granted only when the Alma College Health & Wellness Center staff prescribe a student’s medical use of such substances. When physicians outside the college have prescribed such drugs for a student’s use, that student must notify the Alma College Student Life Office, and also provide valid documentation in order to be granted an exception to this policy.

Medical Marijuana Policy

Medical marijuana which is prescribed for healing purposes is prohibited at Alma College even though there may be state laws which permit its use.

Alma College receives federal funding through Title IV in the form of student financial aid (grants, loans, and work-study programs) and through federal research grants. As a condition of accepting this money, Alma College is required to certify that it complies with the Drug-Free Schools, and Communities Act (DFSCA) (20 U.S.C. 1145g part 86 of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations). The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. A 811) which does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana. Thus to comply with the Federal Drug Free School and Communities Act and avoid losing federal funding, Alma College must prohibit all marijuana use, including medical marijuana, and provide sanctions for its use.

Last updated 10/1/2013