The two largest state universities will not allow the consumption, possession or smoking of medical marijuana on campus, according to a news release.
The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University issued a joint news release and said the two universities must comply with federal law.
Both universities receive federal funds and are legally bound to comply with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
Despite the passage of State Question 788, OU and OSU said they adopt and adhere to the policies prohibiting the use, possession, distribution or cultivation on campus and at events authorized or supervised by the universities.
"Even with the evolving state law permitting marijuana use for medical reasons, it is important for students and employees to know they cannot consume, smoke or possess marijuana on campus even though they might have a card or prescription permitting them to do so," according to the news release.
The ruling is in line with the vast majority of other federally-funded universities in states that have legalized medical marijuana.
Some students agree with the schools, pointing out the effects of the drug on the brain of someone trying to learn.
OU grad student Vivek says, “I don’t think it is necessary in the campus, because campus is a place where people come to educate and live a happier life, no go off the control limits and just have parties all day.”
Others point to the fact that the campus prohibits tobacco and alcohol already, but feel that a doctor's orders for an ailment are a different matter.
“There’s non-smokable forms of marijuana that, worst comes to worst, you can just bring that into your room and just face consequences if you get caught,” says OU law student Mark Preslar.
Supporters of the schools' decision suggest students do not try their luck. “Even if they are taking marijuana or still want to take marijuana, go to a hideout somewhere and take it,” says Vivek.
Preslar adds, “I see where the university is coming from even if I don’t agree with it.”