University system marijuana policy calls for zero tolerance, despite legalized …

November 11th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — When it comes to medical marijuana and the University of Maine System, there is a strict zero-tolerance policy.

Carrying a legally issued medical marijuana card in Maine may mean a UMS student or employee can use the drug, but not on any of the seven system campuses.

“There can be no use of medical — or any other form of marijuana — on any campus in the University of Maine System,” Sally Dobres, associate director of human resources and director of equity and diversity, said. “There is a clear conflict between state and federal law [and] there is no real way to bridge that gap.”

Maine voters approved the legal use of medical marijuana in 2009 and subsequently supported expanding that law to increase the medical conditions allowing patients to purchase it from state-sanctioned clinics and cultivation centers.

The law was amended again last year eliminating the need for patients to register with the state.

“We are working to do everything we can to support people who are under a doctor’s care with medical marijuana,” Dobres said. “But they can’t use it on campus.”

UMS issued a blanket policy for all seven campuses in early 2011 outlining why legal medical marijuana use is impermissible for students, faculty, staff or visitors.

Federal drug-free school and workplace acts, coupled with federal criminal law, make use or possession of legal medical marijuana on campuses illegal, Dobres said.

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