RICHLAND, Wash. -- While marijuana use is less than a month from becoming legal in Washington, don't expect to see any pot smoking at the states' colleges and universities.
Because most colleges and universities receive federal funding, and marijuana is still illegal under federal guidelines, schools across Washington State are still treating it as an illegal drug and it will not be allowed on college campuses.
The rule falls under The Drug Free Schools And Communities Act which requires schools who receive federal funds to adopt and implement a program to prevent any unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.
Staff at WSU Tri-Cities are treating it like alcohol. "Even though we have a viticulture and enology program, you still have to have special permission to have alcohol. We get banquet permits if we need to serve wine at a fancy reception. You can't just bring a beer to campus and crack it open at the library. That's against the law, and marijuana is against the policies at WSU," said WSUTC Spokesperson Melissa O'Neil Perdue.
Columbia Basin College also has the same rules in tact, no drugs or alcohol allowed on their campus.
WSU Legal Affairs says WSU will thoroughly review the new law before adopting any new policies or making any changes in existing policies to ensure full compliance with state and federal laws,but as of now possession and use of marijuana will not be permitted on the WSU campus despite the new state law.
Student and employee violators may be subject to discipline under applicable policies. Others may be subject to removal and trespass from WSU property.