Adults can now legally smoke and grow marijuana for recreational use in California, but Stanford University students won’t be allowed to light up on campus.
The possession, use and growth of marijuana will remain prohibited on Stanford property, including off-campus housing, despite the passage of Proposition 64 in last week’s election, campus officials said in a statement Monday.
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That’s because pot is still illegal under federal law, even though adults older than 21 in California can have up to an ounce of it and grow six plants.
“Stanford receives federal funding for various uses, including research and financial aid,” according to a university statement. “As such, Stanford must comply with federal law, including all current drug laws.”
The policy pertains to faculty, staff and students and on all Stanford property.
Days before the election, the city of Palo Alto voted to ban the outdoor growth of marijuana.
Without a local ban, the state law would allow an unlimited number of marijuana plants to be grown outside. Marijuana plants can be grown in Palo Alto inside a greenhouse if it’s locked and enclosed.
The state’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act allows cities and employers to maintain a drug-free workplace. The law also prohibits smoking marijuana wherever smoking tobacco is prohibited, within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center when children are around, and while driving.
Proposition 64 easily won, getting 56 percent of the votes, although some ballots have yet to be counted.
As a result of this election, California and Massachusetts joined other states that already legalize recreational pot, including Colorado, Washington and Washington, D.C. A bevy of states have already legalized medical marijuana.