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Marijuana still banned at Northern

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University officials are reminding students and employees while recreational marijuana is legal in the state, it’s still banned on campus.

NMU spokesman Derek Hall says an employee who comes to work under the influence of any controlled substance is in violation of the employee handbook.

He says a student caught with marijuana will face one set of penalties, while a student who sells it will face more severe punishment. Hall notes the university itself would suffer if it allowed pot on campus.

“Marijuana remains illegal federally,” he says. “We adhere to the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, and not doing so would risk federal funding, including federal financial aid to our students.” 

Hall says those 21 and older may now legally smoke pot, but on private property—not at Northern.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.