Northern Arizona University will continue to prohibit the possession and use of marijuana on all of its campuses, including university housing, despite the passage of Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.
Growing and using marijuana remains a crime under federal law, and federal legislation prohibits any institution of higher education that receives federal funding from allowing the possession and use of marijuana. NAU receives more than $44 million in federal grants and contracts and about $172 million in financial aid for more than 15,000 students.
The university will continue to enforce its current policies regarding controlled substances and any students or employees who violate university policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus will be subject to disciplinary action.
As a result, Fronske Health Center will not be distributing medical marijuana nor will representatives be writing prescriptions for it.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in December, but the state health department has until April to finish its rule-making process. Restrictions on the use of marijuana will apply to all three Arizona state universities.