Welcome to our blog – an online space where we’d like to discuss the benefits of recreational marijuana use on college campus. Based in Los Angeles, we’re college students who’d like to take a deeper look at the numerous physiological and emotional advantages of cannabis, as well as the regulatory framework that we currently have to adhere to.
Let’s start with the reasons why marijuana should be allowed on college campuses. The number of arguments in favor is huge.
Improving Campus Social Culture
There are numerous things that can be done for the purpose of improving campus culture in colleges around the US. The legalization of marijuana is one of them.
In 2016, Cambridge students were asked about the statewide legalization of marijuana that came into effect after Massachusetts residents voted in favor during the November 8 elections. A majority of 53.6 percent of people approved the recreational use of marijuana. Interestingly enough, 71.3 percent of Cambridge voters were in favor.
According to students questioned, the legalization of marijuana was going to improve the campus social scene and result in the creation of a more cohesive culture. Spaces for individuals interested in the recreational use of marijuana could give such people opportunities to socialize. In addition, some of the questioned students said they believed the use of marijuana on campus was a lot safer than the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Regardless of new state legislation, the use of marijuana is still illegal in college campuses because of the federal funding universities receive. In order to maintain the funds, administrators have to enforce anti-cannabis rules, regardless of state regulations.
Social Cannabis Use Helps Alleviate College Stress
It’s a well-known fact that college students use marijuana, regardless of the current regulatory framework. According to a study presented in USA Today in 2015, daily marijuana use among college students has reached its highest rate for the past 35 years.
For the first time, cannabis use has surpassed cigarette smoking on campuses. According to the study, 5.9 percent of students report daily marijuana use – the highest level since the 1980s. There are numerous reasons why this is happening.
For a start, the social understanding of marijuana use is changing.
Additionally, college students are being subjected to higher levels of stress than ever before. The expense of acquiring higher education, student loans and workload all contribute to a difficulty in coping with problems. Marijuana could be offering some relief.
THC is one of the chemicals that enter the body through the recreational use of marijuana. When it reaches the brain, it stimulates the release of dopamine. Dopamine is a feel-good hormone that leads to a sense of wellbeing and even euphoria.
Thus, marijuana could be used as an anti-stress option that can alleviate many of the anxieties that college students deal with.
The Cost of Cannabis Prohibition
With such a big number of college students relying on marijuana regardless of the regulations, you can imagine what the cost of enforcing the prohibitions is going to be. Don’t forget the fact that we’re providing the funds for these enforcement campaigns.
According to 2012 statistics, presented by the New York Times, cannabis prohibition costs 3.6 billion dollars on an annual basis. Most of the people arrested for marijuana possession are non-violent first-time offenders. It’s also very important to mention the racism that comes with the enforcement of prohibition measures.
The number of young black men arrested for marijuana possession is disproportionately high. Such men are four times more like to get arrested for marijuana possession than their white counterparts, regardless of the fact that young individuals use marijuana to the same extent regardless of race.
Such measures often lead to a vicious cycle, cutting many young individuals from better opportunities in life and even creating a specific group of career criminals. All of this is happening for a substance that’s 114 times less toxic than alcohol!
We haven’t gotten into the medicinal benefits of marijuana and this is a whole other range of reasons why it should be legalized. The pros of criminalization or negligible, the social costs are massive and the racial disparity is a major concern. Legalization won’t lead to an increase in use but it would simply enable the ones interested to do so in a safe way. These are just some of the arguments in favor. We’ll present an in-depth look at cannabis legalization and its benefits on campus in the blog posts to come.