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Medical Marijuana Policy
A number of states, including Rhode Island, have passed laws
that make the use of marijuana for some medical conditions legitimate under the
law of that state. Each state’s laws, procedures, and qualifying criteria differ.
However, the growing, possession, or use of marijuana remains an offense under the
Controlled Substances Act, a federal law. Medical marijuana certification from
a state offers no immunity against federal prosecution.
RISD is obligated to comply with all federal
laws and regulations in part due to federal funding of various programs such as
student financial aid. In order to remain in compliance, RISD will not permit
the possession or use of marijuana at educational or other activities
sponsored, conducted, or authorized by RISD or its student organizations,
whether on or off campus; in any student residence at RISD; or in any other
RISD buildings or other property.
If a student is registered as a
medical marijuana user, and intends to possess and use marijuana he/she must
confine that use to off campus locations. If that student is subject to the
required residency policy that applies to first and second year students,
he/she may present his/her medical marijuana registration to the residence life
office and request a waiver of the residency requirement so that he/she may
reside off campus. RISD will not pursue action under the Code for students who
possess a valid medical marijuana registration and engage in the off-campus use
of medical marijuana provided it is not at a RISD function.