Students discuss new marijuana law
By Ashlee Buhler
Editor in Chief
During the mid-term election on Nov. 6, Michigan voters approved the proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
As of Dec. 6, anyone age 21 and older can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person. They can also grow up to 12 plants per household and store another 10 ounces in a non-public place.
However, the new law will have no impact on the rules at LCC.
An email sent out by the college on Nov. 30 states that the possession and distribution of marijuana is prohibited on any LCC property or in any vehicles owned by the college.
This prohibition also applies to all LCC sponsored events — even if they are off campus.
Electrical engineering major Adam Szynborski, 19, said the rule makes sense to him.
“I assumed it would fall under the same rule as tobacco,” he said.
LCC physical engineering major Kormick Konklin, 17, also said he understands why marijuana should be prohibited on campus.
“The smell can be irritating to some people, which is to be expected,” Konklin said. “In order to benefit everyone, it’s best that you just don’t smoke on campus. We already have the signs that say ‘do not smoke’ in general on campus, so this should be the same.”
Despite the ban on campus, Konklin added that the new law does open opportunities for potential business ventures.
“If there’s going to be a market that grows around, this is to be expected,” he said. “Once things become legalized, people are going to be more willing to do it.
“So the market, in theory, should grow to some extent, which always has profitable opportunities.”
Japanese major Natalie Camfield, 18, is dual enrolled at LCC and Howell High School. She said the new law has no effect on her.
“People smoke weed in the parking lot, but I’m used to it,” Camfield said. “I think it’s just less of my friends getting in trouble for it now honestly, but it doesn’t affect me whatsoever.”
For more information on the new marijuana law, visit https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_79571—,00.htm