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Under Oregon voter-approved ballot Measure 91, the recreational use of marijuana is permitted beginning July 1, 2015 for individuals 21 years of age or older.
However, marijuana is still a prohibited substance federally under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). OSU also abides by the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act which prohibits the possession, use or distribution of marijuana on campus and in the work place. As an institution that receives federal funding, Oregon State University is committed to upholding the federal law.
The Policy Guide prohibits the possession, use or distribution of marijuana in all forms, along with the use of all other illegal drugs or legal drugs not used in the manner prescribed, on University property or at University activities regardless of age. . For more information about the policy, please review the Policy Guide.
Additionally, please be advised that on-campus housing policies with regards to alcohol and drug use are more extensive than state and federal laws in order to protect and support positive, safe, academically-focused living communities. To that end, additional policies may apply within living groups. Students who are found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, even if used previously or off-campus, may be subject to on-campus disciplinary procedures.
University officials will refer residents and their guests who violate this provision to the Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police. Because marijuana is prohibited on campus regardless of age or medical marijuana cardholder status, UHDS staff will work with the Department of Public Safety to remove and destroy marijuana in any form and/or drug paraphernalia that is found in the residence halls.
If you have any questions or concerns about drug use, you are encouraged to talk with a staff member at Student Health Services or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Both departments have trained staff that can provide information, assistance, and counseling. For more information on alcohol and other drugs please visit the Student Health Services website.