MASTERING MONDAY: LEARNING ABOUT MARIJUANA
Marijuana, a product made from dried Cannabis leaves, has not always been illegal. When it was first grown domestically in the United States, it was one of the biggest agricultural crops in the world. From where we used to get goods- such as paper and lighting oil, this crop had huge weight to it. However, following legislation stemming from fear and dangers presented by the leaves, it became illegal and by the mid-1930’s, it was regulated as a drug nationwide. Nowadays, few states have legalized the use of marijuana and the legalization of medical marijuana is growing. On this Mastering Monday, we are exploring marijuana- unbiased, by focusing on the facts.
A review of a 20 year research article, released in 2014 by the scientific journal, Addiction, examines marijuana. The article states that marijuana “is not as harmful as other illicit drugs such as amphetamine, cocaine and heroin, with which it is classified under the law in many countries, including the USA.” However, the research also found that “adolescents who use cannabis regularly are about twice as likely as their nonuser peers to drop out of school, as well as experience cognitive impairment and psychoses as adults”(IQ level drop). Below there is link to access a summary of this article. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out more about the use of marijuana.
This video will walk you through ten facts of medical marijuana that everyone should be aware of. It starts by explaining the history of medical marijuana and its use over the years. Even though research in this matter has been limited, “a study released in 2014 found that in states where medical marijuana is legal, there was a 25 percent decrease in death related to prescription pain medication.” It also explains what happens inside your body when marijuana is consumed. If these few facts call your attention, take a few minutes and let this video enlighten you with more information about medical marijuana.
- Know your school policies. Whether you are for or against marijuana legalization, a marijuana consumer or not, it does not take out the fact that you are part of a policed community, which has rules that must be followed. The best way to follow up on these policies is to read the Alcohol and other drugs section of the school Handbook.
- If you live on campus and get caught in possession of marijuana, your disciplinary sanction “may include mandatory participation in Alcohol and Other Drug intervention programs, required conditions for continued enrollment, limited access to campus facilities or residence halls, suspension, or expulsion from the college” (SUNY Oswego Handbook).
- If you are a visitor or guest and get caught in possession of marijuana, you “may be denied access to the campus under the Rules for Maintaining Public Order” (SUNY Oswego Handbook).
- If you are utilizing financial aid and have been convicted of sale or possessions of drugs by the state or federally it can disqualify you from loans in the future.
- Be aware of the The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This rule applies whether you live on campus or off campus. This act allows the school or city to disclosure information to parents/legal guardians of students under 21 years old due to alcohol and other drugs behavior.
- Learn about the New York State laws for marijuana. It is illegal to use/posses/traffic in marijuana, and the legal consequences include fines and jail time.
- In 2014, medical Marijuana became legal in New York State. The Assembly Bill 6357 states a limit of 30-day supply of non-smokable marijuana. There is a mandatory registration and a patient registry fee of 50$.
Written by Stacy Palacios, Peer-Educator.
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