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Medical marijuana cards offer Arizona college students some protection

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling in late May protects college students holding a medical marijuana card from facing criminal charges for possessing or using pot on campus.

PHOENIX — The start of school may mean adjusting to Arizona laws for incoming college students with medical marijuana cards.

Some dispensaries even offer discounts to students, but the co-owner of Marijuana Evaluations explained Tuesday, “Having your card … protects you to an extent.”

Maya works to certify card holders and his employee, Vy Vong, is a former Arizona State University student who has first-hand experience with the cannabis rules on campus.

“It’s an absolutely no drugs or any kind of substance zone,” Vong said.

Still, the ASU graduate admitted, he saw a lot of students light up.

“A lot of people still do it anyways,” Vong said.

This goes against the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Student Code of Conduct, which all three public universities in our state follow.

Breaking this policy can lead to consequences ranging from a warning to expulsion, but students with a card cannot be criminally charged if caught with marijuana on campus.

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling in late May protects college students holding a medical marijuana card from facing criminal charges for possessing or using pot on campus.

Grand Canyon University also prohibits all use of marijuana on its campus. GCU police will escort students legally possessing pot off campus. They may arrest those without a card.

12 News can verify, students with a medical marijuana card are protected from criminal charges if caught with pot on college campuses in Arizona, but the universities can still punish them.