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Davenport University: Marijuana still banned from campus

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Despite a voter-approved move to legalize marijuana in Michigan, Davenport University says it will continue to ban the drug and marijuana related products from its campus.

In a message to students after Tuesday’s election, Davenport pointed out that marijuana is still illegal under the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, and the university must follow those laws because it participates in Title IV programs. The restriction also applies to medical marijuana, which was approved by voters in 2008.

Davenport said it’s working with lawyers to determine how the passage of Proposal 1 will impact its policies further, and will inform students as its rules about marijuana evolve.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Proposal 1 passed with 56 percent of the vote. The measure allows people who are at least 21 years old to buy, own and use marijuana and marijuana-infused foods, as well as grow up to a dozen marijuana plants for their own use. The state law will restrict marijuana growers and users to a 10-ounce limit at their home, and require any amount over 2.5 ounces to be securely stored.

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Proposal 1 also paves the way for state-licensed marijuana retailers and changes several marijuana violations from crimes to civil infractions. Municipalities can decide whether they will allow marijuana businesses within their boundaries.

The Michigan law will take effect in about a month, as the election first has to be certified by the Board of State Canvassers. Ten days after that certification, people age 21 or older will be allowed to have, use and grow the drug, but the process of establishing regulations for its retail sale could take about two years.


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