The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. A 811) which does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana. State Technical College of Missouri (State Tech) receives federal funding through Title IV in the form of student financial aid (grants, loans, and work-study programs). As a condition of accepting this money, State Tech is required to certify that it complies with the Drug-Free Schools, and Communities Act (DFSCA) (20 U.S.C. 1145g part 86 of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations). Thus to comply with the Federal Drug Free School and Communities Act and avoid losing federal funding, State Tech must prohibit all marijuana use, including medical marijuana, and provide sanctions for its use. The possession, use or sale of marijuana and paraphernalia is condoned by the college. Students found responsible for selling or distributing marijuana and paraphernalia on or off campus may be subject to immediate suspension from the college. Any individual(s) involved found responsible for possession or use of marijuana and paraphernalia, on or off campus, will be subject to serious disciplinary sanctions such as probation. Students found responsible for subsequent offenses will be subject to suspension from the institution.
Medical Marijuana: Even if a student possesses a valid medical marijuana card, the student cannot use or store marijuana on State Tech’s campus or property. Medical marijuana, which we understand is prescribed for healing purposes; however; marijuana and its active ingredient THC are illegal drugs under federal law and, in addition, their use presents serious safety risks for many of our academic programs and the employment opportunities students will have after graduation. Accordingly they are included in this definition as a prohibited drug.