SD universities will stay marijuana-free, regardless of medical marijuana program

By: | June 24, 2021

South Dakota’s public universities won’t allow medical marijuana use on campuses or at university-sponsored events, the state Board of Regents decided.

The reason: Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and universities would potentially lose federal funds.

Regents’ legal counsel Nathan Lukkes said the universities would be in violation of the drug-free schools act and the drug-free workplace act.

Students can get medical-marijuana cards but they can’t possess or use marijuana on regents’ property, according to Lukkes, and they could use it off-campus but couldn’t be disruptive on university grounds.

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