University System Marijuana Policy Calls for Zero Tolerance, Despite Legalized Medical Use in Maine

Monday, November 12, 2012

When it comes to medical marijuana and the University of Maine System, there is a strict zero-tolerance policy.

Carrying a legally issued medical marijuana card in Maine may mean a UMS student or employee can use the drug, but not on any of the seven system campuses.

“There can be no use of medical — or any other form of marijuana — on any campus in the University of Maine System,” Sally Dobres, associate director of human resources and director of equity and diversity, said. “There is a clear conflict between state and federal law [and] there is no real way to bridge that gap.”

Maine voters approved the legal use of medical marijuana in 2009 and subsequently supported expanding that law to increase the medical conditions allowing patients to purchase it from state-sanctioned clinics and cultivation centers.

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