Arizona’s Senate voted 28-2 in favor of a ban on medical marijuana for college students, an overwhelming tally that now heads to Governor Jan Brewer. If the bill is then approved (as expected), it would “prohibit use or possession of medical marijuana at public universities, community colleges or child-care facilities.” Because that will definitely prevent 18-21 year old college students from lighting up in their dorm rooms.
Medical marijuana is now legal in Arizona–dispensaries will be up and running in the near future–so in theory this action is more or less a pre-emptive move by the state’s legislators to dilute the amount of bud on campus and maintain cannabis’ status as illegal.
And it’s a decision that can only be scoffed at. It’s especially ironic because by using scare tactics like this to prevent kids from smoking pot, the Senate is in reality encouraging them to drink alcohol, and even snort cocaine.
Yeah, the punishments for cocaine are worse than those for cannabis on college campuses. But coke doesn’t stink up a dorm room. It’s a lot easier to conceal than a big bag of weed. It’s also much quicker to ingest. As for alcohol, well, haven’t these voters ever seen Animal House? You can take the dogs out of the frat, but you can’t ever take the frat out of the dogs. Less Kush smoke on Arizona college campuses means one thing: more binge drinking.
And more binge drinking always equals more destruction, sexual deviancy, and vandalism. The only negative affects of more (I say more, cause there’s already a ton on Arizona campuses) high grade weed on campuses may cause a slight drop in class attendance…but no one really goes to school in Arizona to seek that kind of a “higher education.” East coast students migrate to U of A and Arizona State to soak up the sun, party, and smoke weed. A senseless bill won’t change that fact.
They say the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest kind–do you think a bill like this would decrease or increase cannabis use on college campuses?