Clarification of University Policy on Marijuana

Given the recent legislative changes regarding marijuana in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this message is intended to clarify Brandeis University policy regarding the possession, use or cultivation of marijuana at Brandeis.

On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters passed Question No. 4, a ballot initiative legalizing the use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. As of December 15, 2016, adults in Massachusetts can grow or possess small quantities of marijuana for personal recreational use.

As a recipient of federal funding, however, Brandeis University must comply with current federal drug laws, which still classify marijuana as a controlled substance. Accordingly, Brandeis continues to prohibit the growth, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, sale or use of marijuana — and any other illegal narcotic or drug paraphernalia — in accordance with Section 5.11 of “Rights and Responsibilities,” the university’s student code of conduct.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Jamele Adams
Dean of Students