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Colleges confront issue of medical marijuana on campus

April 14, 2010

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BOULDER — University of Colorado freshman Mattison Bills moved off campus midway through the school year because she wasn’t allowed to smoke pot in her Baker Hall dorm room.

Bills — who said she secured a medical marijuana license to remedy her nausea — said she sometimes broke the dorm rules because the drug helps her focus on schoolwork. She said she thinks CU should have designated smoking rooms for students who are legally allowed to smoke for medicinal purposes.

“I understood I’d be in trouble with the school, but I couldn’t get in trouble with the cops,” Bills said.

With the boom in medical marijuana licenses, CU and other colleges across the state are ironing out rules for pot on their campuses.

At CU, it’s banned in the dorms — whether or not student-residents have licenses. In fact, the university has, on a handful of occasions over the past year, helped freshmen find off-campus housing if they smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes, said Boulder campus spokesman Bronson Hilliard. Those students are waived from the CU requirement that they live on the campus their first year at school.

Article originally available at: http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_14837215

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