Despite Potential State Weed Law, No Change in School Policy
Everett Bishop, Staff Writer
April 16, 2018
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Senate President Marty Looney has introduced a bill in the Connecticut legislature that would legalize, the recreational use of marijuana The bill, No. 487, was passed by the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday, April 5, and would allow anyone in Connecticut over the age of 21 to purchase marijuana from state-licensed retailers.
This move comes shortly after the news that Massachusetts’ plan to legalize recreational weed would bring that state an estimated $45 – $150 million annually, according to The Connecticut Post. Currently, Connecticut has both decriminalized marijuana and expanded medical marijuana programs to include additional dispensaries.
But how would the regulation of recreational marijuana affect the University of New Haven community? Apparently, not much.
“We’re actually a smoke free and tobacco free campus,” said senior associate dean of students, Ric Baker. “That includes vapes, any kind of smokeless tobacco, that sort of thing. Those are all prohibited from being used on campus. You can have a vape in your room and go off to the sidewalk and use it, but you can’t use it on campus.”
But campus restrictions for marijuana don’t stop there. The university’s police chief, Tracey Mooney, said in an email that since federal law “prohibits the possession, use and sale of the drug on campus” it is “highly doubtful” that the university would change their policies regarding marijuana on campus.
A major reason for the reluctance to change campus policy is funding.
“The university, as a