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Medical Marijuana Policy

A number of states, including Rhode Island, have passed laws that make the use of marijuana for some medical conditions legitimate under the law of that state. Each state’s laws, procedures, and qualifying criteria differ. However, the growing, possession, or use of marijuana remains an offense under the Controlled Substances Act, a federal law. Medical marijuana certification from a state offers no immunity against federal prosecution.

RISD is obligated to comply with all federal laws and regulations in part due to federal funding of various programs such as student financial aid. In order to remain in compliance, RISD will not permit the possession or use of marijuana it's residence halls, campus grounds, at educational or other activities sponsored, conducted, or authorized by RISD or its student organizations, whether on or off campus; in any student residence at RISD; or in any other RISD buildings or other property(which include but are not limited parking lots or campus green spaces).

If a student is registered as a medical marijuana user, and intends to possess and use marijuana he/she must confine that use to off campus locations. If that student is subject to the required residency policy that applies to first and second year students, he/she may present his/her medical marijuana registration to the residence life office and request a waiver of the residency requirement so that he/she may reside off campus. RISD will not pursue action under the Code for students who possess a valid medical marijuana registration and engage in the off-campus use of medical marijuana provided it is not at a RISD function.

Students found to be in violation of RISD's drug policies for marijuana, even if a medical marijuana card holder can expect to have their items confiscated and destroyed. Under no circumstances will confiscated medical marijuana be returned to the student/students.