As for those folks who are blazing in the parking lot, stop doing it at Citrus.
Over the past three years, there has been a spike in reports of marijuana possession at Citrus according to the Campus Safety log. In part, because students believe their card makes it nice and legal.
California was the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 when it passed Proposition 215, also called the Compassionate Use Act. The law allows the possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes upon a doctor’s recommendation.
Supporters also point out that Americans are in favor of legalizing weed. For the first time in history, 52 percent support legalization of the drug.
However, if you sell or share pot with anyone you will be charged with trafficking, and that can carry a prison sentence of up to 2-4 years as well as a $300 fine.
The other concern is federal. Marijuana is a Class 1 substance, which means that it is prohibited on all public campuses, because schools receive funding from the federal government.
But more to the point, Citrus College isn’t your buddy’s couch, so why not show discipline and wait until after class?
The California Department of Justice prohibits the use of marijuana within a thousand feet of a school.
Getting expelled or going to jail is plenty reason to leave that stash in the sock drawer. Plus, the smell is so pungent that everyone within half a mile knows what is going on.
Finally, the number one reason to not bring marijuana to school is impaired driving. Officers may charge a suspect with DWI, driving while intoxicated.
The marijuana grown today is much more potent than in the 60’s according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main component that gives the user the feeling of being high. In past decades, the THC levels ranged from 6 percent to 8 percent.
The THC levels of weed these days are higher. Certain strains have a 24 percent to 30 percent THC content. The reaction time is slower of users when driving and that may lead to accidents or hitting a pedestrian.
Your habit is not worth endangering the lives of Citrus students, and furthermore, students and faculty don’t want to be disturbed by the reeking stench.