Arizona Court Overturns Law Making it Illegal to Use Medical Cannabis on College Campuses

An Arizona court has overturned a law making it illegal to use medical cannabis on college campuses.

According to the Associated Press, an appellate court ruled Thursday that lawmakers can’t make it illegal to use medical cannabis on Arizona college campuses. The court did rule, however, that colleges have the right to prohibit it themselves; this means that a student who’s a medical cannabis patient could be punished by the school (such as by suspension or expulsion) for using their medicine on campus, but can’t be charged with a crime for it.

The medical marijuana law approved by Arizona voters in 2010 allowed cardholders to possess small amounts of marijuana but it prohibited possession in prisons, schools and on school buses. The ruling Thursday struck down a 2012 decision by the Legislature to expand the off-limits list by adding college and university campuses.

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