SMC Leader Talks Marijuana Policy

Leaders at Southwestern Michigan College are working to make sure students understand SMC’s policy on marijuana now that Michigan voters have opted to decriminalize the substance. SMC President David Mathews tells WSJM News no marijuana is allowed on campus.

“Despite the decriminalization because of Proposal One, marijuana use remains illegal and fully criminalized according to federal law, and colleges, universities, recipients of federal education funds are subject to the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989,” Mathews said.

Mathews says a college that violates those rules could lose that federal funding. He updated of the SMC Board of Trustees at its last meeting. Mathews notes many SMC students are also under 21, meaning the marijuana decriminalization doesn’t apply to them. SMC will follow disciplinary steps in its code of conduct to deal with those found to be violating the college’s marijuana policy. Lake Michigan College, meanwhile, is getting ready to send out a message to its students on the issue soon.