By Aimee Forman, Kaley Chamberlain & Lane Sulker – 1851 Staff
Lasell’s marijuana policy not changed by Massachusetts law
Massachusetts’ new law regarding the use of marijuana recreationally went into effect on December 15, 2016. However, according to an email sent by Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin on January 5, Lasell still prohibits the use of marijuana even if a student is 21 or older, which is the new legal age for recreational use. This is because Lasell receives federal funding and therefore must abide by federal law, according to Austin. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.
According to Austin, if a college official were to get a complaint about a student smoking marijuana in their residence hall, there would be consequences such as fines, probation, or both. However, she encourages students to work on those issues by themselves.
Even in wet buildings where students who are 21 or over can legally consume alcohol in their dorms, the marijuana policy will still be enforced. Continue reading “News Briefs”