We at the Student Wellness Center share a goal of making our university a safe and healthy place. As our purpose statement says, “The Student Wellness Center empowers students to make informed decisions regarding their health and wellness by providing evidence-based education, inclusive resources and non-judgmental support.” We care about the students at the university for the time that they are here as well as after they leave, and we hope to provide knowledge, guidance, and support so that the Bearcats who come through this institution can make healthy and smart choices even after they have left.
We feel it is our responsibility to respond to the article published last week titled “Drug dealing: Are the risks worth the rewards for college students?” While we understand that some students choose to use and distribute drugs here at UC, we believe that this article focused too much on the so-called “rewards” of drug dealing, primarily financial benefits, but irresponsibly ignored the consequences. As our responsibility to the students, we must shed light onto these risks.
While the nation debates whether or not cannabis should be made legal, who should or should not be allowed to sell it, and what the consequences should be for those involved in drug-related crimes, today’s reality is that non-medical use in the state of Ohio remains illegal. Breaking these laws can have consequences that should not be glossed over or ignored. Possession of 0.25 lbs. (113.4 g) of marijuana is a misdemeanor in the state of Ohio with potential consequences of 30 days incarceration and $250 in fines. Possession of 0.45 lbs. (over 200 g) or more is a felony offense, punishable by one year of incarceration and $2,500 in fines. Being charged with distribution or intent to sell escalates the consequences, making possession with intent