While Washington voters recently approved Initiative 502 that eases some criminal penalties for possession of marijuana by adults over the age of 21, the new law does not change Shoreline Community College policies that prohibit illegal drugs on campus.
“Changes in state law do not change our policies that prohibit possession, sale and use of marijuana and other illegal drugs at the College,” Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs Stephen P. Smith said at the Dec. 4, 2012 College Council meeting. Shoreline’s drug policy is required for the College to receive federal funding, including financial aid for students.
Shoreline and all schools that accept federal funding, including federal financial aid to students, must comply with The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act that went into effect in 1990. The act prohibits universities and colleges from allowing drugs on campuses in order for the schools to receive federal funding.
The campus drug ban also applies to medical marijuana. “The state medical marijuana law doesn’t provide any protected status to the user under College policy,” Smith said. “The federal law still applies.”
Shoreline’s Policy 5030, Student Conduct and Discipline includes anti-drug provisions. A summary of related College policies for employees and students should be reviewed at: www.shoreline.edu/policyondrugs/