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Columnist: Northwestern Students Not Permitted IL Medical Marijuana

IL medical marijuana

Northwestern and IL Medical Marijuana

In a column in The Daily Northwestern on Oct. 5, Sai Folmsbee asks many of the same questions asked around the country as medical marijuana programs gain steam: “What are the most reliable uses for medical marijuana?” “What are the risks of medical marijuana?” And signing off with a trite: “Ultimately, we must remember to treat medical marijuana as just that: medicine.”

Despite the article’s Google-like questioning, Folmsbee brings to light an important topic that could become an issue in 2015, as patients are granted licenses to purchase and businesses allowed to sell medical marijuana. According to the Northwestern University Student Handbook, Northwestern students will not be permitted to use medical marijuana on University property or at University-related activities.

This shouldn’t come as much of a shock, considering that the University adheres to the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 prohibiting students from using IL medical marijuana. Workplaces around the state will adhere to the same rules. In fact, although it is a legal medicine, marijuana still cannot be consumed publicly.

The one place this could become a problem is in student housing. But those with medical conditions warranting the use of medical marijuana should steer clear as students found in possession of the substance could lose a year or more of federal financial aid. (Remember – it’s still federally against the law.) Somewhat ironically in this case, convicted students can complete a drug rehabilitation program to reinstate aid.


About Michael Mayes

As Chief Executive Officer for Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has assisted in funding some of the largest commercial cannabis projects in the world. Michael has been a cannabis investor since 2009 in Colorado’s first legal for-profit cannabis market. As the co-founder and CEO of Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has spent years designing technology and collaborating with countless consultants on the forefront of the cannabis industry. Collaborating with the brightest minds and contributing to world-class organizations has been an incredibly enlightening and rewarding experience for him. Also, he has amassed a comprehensive and award-winning team engaged globally for public policy best practices through the prioritization of environmental sustainability and patient care. Michael is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), contributor to Marijuana Business Daily, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Tampa Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Tampa Tribune, Sativa Magazine, CBC and the Daily Herald. His media appearances include several CBS and WGN appearances and international presence on BNN Commodities in Canada. On the public policy front, Michael and his team were instrumental in their work of drafting the Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill for Senator Perry Clark. Most recently, Michael taught a class for the International Pharmaceutical Academy in Toronto, Canada. He spoke on Cannabis Pharmacology, and the effects cannabis has on the endocannabinoid system.

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