A medical marijuana dispensary is expected to come to Ravenna in September, but Kent State will continue its smoke-free campus campaign against all smoking, including that of medical marijuana.
A number of Kent State students need marijuana to medicate, but they may not be able to use it on campus for some time. Vice President of Students Affairs Shay Little said she advises students to continue to follow the current smoking and tobacco ban in place while Kent State monitors the implementation of Ohio’s new law.
“With any policy or procedure, we’re always balancing the institutional mission and vision and the priorities of our campus environment,” Little said.
The bill passed the Ohio Senate in May 2016 and took effect in September of the same year. It is being implemented by the Ohio Department of Commerce, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio Medical Board.
Those who need medical marijuana are charged an annual registration fee of $50.
Emily Grubb, a social geography major, legally uses cannabis to medicate and currently has to take the six- to seven-hour trip to Michigan for medication.
Grubb, who lives and medicates off campus, said it would be hard to tell if students chose to use medical marijuana on campus due to low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s mind-altering effects, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
It is still unclear if out-of-state students will be allowed to receive medical marijuana from dispensaries in Ohio. Grant Thomas, the education and outreach coordinator at the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, said it is required for Ohio to act in good faith with other states and reach out to them. It is not required that states set reciprocity rules.
As of now, those reciprocities haven’t started