Virginia colleges to continue weed ban after it becomes legal statewide

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For third-year Virginia Tech student Gabriel Herrera, marijuana is a nuanced issue.

“There’s a lot of medical studies for marijuana and THC specifically that can help a lot of people, and I think that’s fine to me,” he said. “Now doing it during school and abusing it to a point, I think that’s where things should be stopped.”

Marijuana will become legal in Virginia on July 1, but it won’t be allowed at Virginia Tech. The university just updated its student code of conduct to clarify that marijuana will still be banned on campus. That’s because it’s still banned nationally, and federal money would be at risk if the university were to allow it.

Prospective student Claire Martin sees no problem with the ban.

“I feel like people come here to get educated, and there’s already no alcohol allowed. I feel like it should kind of be the same way just so that people can focus on what they came here to do.”

“I don’t think I’ll be able to do Cal 3 homework when I’m drunk,” said Herrera. “I don’t think I’ll be able to do Cal 3 homework when I’m high as hell, so I guess that’s what I’m saying.”

WFXR News reached out to other colleges in our area.

A spokesperson for the University of Lynchburg said, “The University of Lynchburg will still be considered a drug-free institution. Given that marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, we will still prohibit it on campus. Having said that, University leadership is currently taking a serious look at our student conduct policies as they related to marijuana infractions.”

A representative for Virginia Tech was not available for comment.

However, a spokesperson for Randolph College tells WFXR News that they do not anticipate changing their ban on marijuana either.

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