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CSU Says No To Pot On Campus Despite Amendment 64 Passage

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Although Colorado is the second state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, there’s one place you won’t find it- the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.

“It’s extremely unlikely that marijuana would be allowed on campus,” said CSU spokesman Mike Hooker. “We’re looking closely at Amendment 64.”

According to the amendment, college campuses are allowed to determine their own laws on how to govern marijuana.

CSU and other colleges around the state said they plan to keep things as they are.

“Although it may be legal under Colorado criminal code, it’s still against our student code of conduct and our campus policies. So students could still face disciplinary action under the code of conduct for possession or use of marijuana,” said Hooker.

Hooker said if they were to allow marijuana on campus, it could jeopardize hundreds of millions of federal dollars.

“CSU receives a lot of funding for research here on campus and we fully indend to be compliant with federal law; marijuana is still an illegal substance under federal law and so we intend to keep following federal law,” said Hooker.

Many CSU students said they are split on the issue when it comes to pot on campus.

“I see pros and cons on both sides, it’s such a touchy issue,” said one CSU student.

“I think it should stay the way it is,” said another student.

“It could detract from the academic environment but I also think it’d be really hard to regulate,” said another student. “It could be allowed outside of campus but not on.”

Friday is the deadline for Secretary of State Scott Gessler to certify the November election results which includes the approval of Amentment 64 which legalizes marijuana for adults in Colorado.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign it into law by Jan. 5.


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