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. 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). 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.
The possession, use or sale of marijuana and paraphernalia is not condoned by the college. Students found responsible for selling or distributing marijuana and paraphernalia on or off campus will be subject to immediate suspension from the college. Any individual(s) involved found responsible for possession or use of marijuana and paraphernalia, on or off campus, will be subject to serious disciplinary sanctions such as probation. For the first offense, students may be assigned to enroll in and attend Marijuana 101 education with a $100 cost to cover the class, and potential additional sanctions. Students found responsible for subsequent offenses will be subject to suspension from the institution.
Even if a student possesses a valid medical marijuana card, the student cannot use or store marijuana on Alma College’s campus or property. Medical marijuana, which is prescribed for healing purposes, is prohibited at Alma College even though there may be state laws which permit its use.
Last updated 2/2/2018