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    Posted April 16, 2014 by
    Pueblo, Colorado
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    Marijuana Use in College Residence Halls

    Many of us know that marijuana is now legalized in Colorado and Washington. This has brought up many concerns for those who are in college or work in government jobs. One area that seems to continue to be an issue for use of marijuana is in the residence halls of colleges. Many students by now have been informed in some way that it is still illegal to use marijuana on a college or university campus.

    Even though students have been informed about the laws regarding the use of marijuana on campus they are still using it. I attend a university in Colorado and I live on campus in the residence halls. An issue that I keep running into is that some students are using marijuana inside of their room in the hall. I have asked campus administration over and over what can be done and here is what I have been told:

    Students should contact the front desk or RA for their hall to report the smell of marijuana. The RA will check on the report and if they can locate exactly what door the smell is coming from they will call the sheriff.

    With my experience as an RA for a junior college prior to coming to this university I have found that it can be very difficult to locate the smell to just a small area. I have also asked about them bringing in a drug dog to check the halls here at my current university and I was told that the president of the university will not allow the dog on campus for drug searches. Basically given the responses I have gotten they are saying that they will do nothing about drug use on campus unless it is so blatant that it is right in front of their face.

    The worry for many of us including myself is even the slight chance of the marijuana showing up on a drug screening. I am searching for a summer job and many, if not all, of them require drug testing as a part of the pre-employment screening. The only place I have ever seen schools actually doing something about this issue has been in other states where the drug has not been legalized. If you are reading this article and have advice for students dealing with this issue at their own college/university and have advice for them, please feel free to comment on the article.
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