A new leaf for Canada

Implications of marijuana legalization for the CNU community

Canada has just legalized marijuana for recreational use.  This again raises the issue of legalization in the U.S.  According to the Pew Research center, 62 percent of Americans now support weed legalization and that number has only been rising in recent years. That alone is not a reason it should be legal. Marijuana should be legal when used responsibly as it does not affect anyone but those who choose to use it.  In other words, one should be allowed to swing one’s hand until it hits another mans face. 

There are risks to others when the drug is used irresponsibly and those should be handled the same way we handle the misuse of alcohol now.  DUIs should still be punished severely and we should not sell mind altering substances to those under the age of 18 because they are incapable of making their own decisions. Weed would simply become another vice that may be harmful to users, but one that users choose to use anyway.

Christopher Newport University would be put in an interesting position if weed were to be legalized. The school would most likely not want it in the dorms for the same reasons they don’t want alcohol in the dorms. That assumes that CNU bans alcohol from the dorms because it feels the need to interfere in the legal life choices of its students.

 It could be that CNU’s ban on alcohol comes from noise complaints and the theoretical weed ban could be because of smoke issues. I suspect it is mostly the former with a tinge of the latter in both cases.  

However, at the end of the day, whatever policy CNU decides on will probably be enforced by the RAs and FDAs, who tend to only enforce the current alcohol policy when they have no other choice. This makes whatever decision CNU makes irrelevant in the grand scheme because weed would become allowed de facto in most cases, as alcohol is now. 


LIAM ROWELL
LIAM.ROWELL.17@CNU.EDU

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