The jury is still out on whether prohibiting or decriminalizing marijuana has increased the use of the drug among young people. Although studies have shown that recreational use has increased in states where it’s been legalized by 20 percent, marijuana use is still highly debated. 

As more and more states legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use, the impact of this change is being felt on college campuses across the country. While some students may see this as a positive development, others, especially university employees, are concerned about the potential consequences of increased marijuana use among college students.

Leads to Confusion about Campus Policies

One of the most significant effects of legalized marijuana use on college campuses is the potential for increased drug use among students. While marijuana may be legal in some states, it is still illegal under federal law, and colleges and universities may have their own policies regarding drug use on campus. This can create confusion and uncertainty for students who may not be aware of the rules and regulations surrounding marijuana use.

Not So Much “Higher Learning”

Another concern is the impact of increased marijuana use on academic performance. Studies have shown that marijuana use can impair cognitive function and memory, which can have a negative impact on academic performance. It can impair a person’s ability to concentrate, remember information, and learn new things. Additionally, students who use marijuana may be more likely to miss classes or assignments, which can further impact their grades.

Social Consequences

While marijuana use can be a social activity, it can also have negative effects on relationships and social interactions. Students who use marijuana may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as driving under the influence or engaging in unprotected sex. This can lead to a range of negative outcomes, including accidents, injuries, and unwanted pregnancies.

On the other hand, marijuana use can lead to isolation, withdrawal, and decreased motivation, which can make it difficult to maintain friendships and participate in social activities.

Despite these concerns, some students and advocates argue that legalized marijuana use can have positive effects on college campuses. For example, some students may claim marijuana helps them manage stress or anxiety. Additionally, some argue that marijuana can be a safer alternative to alcohol. 

It’s important to stay informed about the real consequences associated with marijuana use. As more states continue to legalize marijuana, it will be crucial for colleges and universities to develop clear policies and guidelines to help students navigate this changing landscape. If your school receives any type of federal funding, it is still in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, which means that use and/or possession of cannabis, in any form, or possession of any paraphernalia, will not be tolerated on campus.

At 3rd Millennium Classrooms, we offer THC 101 an online intervention course that works to change behaviors and attitudes toward cannabis. Students will explore negative outcomes that can result from use, including addiction, tolerance, dependence, overdosing, and much more!