Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug used among college students. While Washington State has a recreational marijuana law that allows those over 21 to use and possess specific quantities of marijuana, it is still illegal anywhere on Eastern Washington University's campus, campus facilities, and campus owned buildings and parking lots, regardless of age. The subject of marijuana can be difficult to talk about due to various mixed messages on the effects of marijuana especially those related to medical purposes. When speaking to your student, use some of theses talking points to help your student make safe decisions regarding marijuana:
- Marijuana is illegal anywhere on EWU's campus; possessing marijuana may result in university fines, sanctions and possible suspension.
- Marijuana has a variety of negative effects on attention, motivation, memory and learning - especially in regular users.
- Regular marijuana use can lead to addiction, and withdrawal symptoms are likely for those users.
- Marijuana is the most commonly identified illegal drug in fatal accidents, it is unsafe if you are driving. Using marijuana and driving can have dramatic effects on alertness, concentration, reaction time and coordination.
While other illicit drug use on campus remains lower than marijuana use, keeping the communication open and creating a dialogue between you and your student to talk can help you identify possible signs and symptoms of drug abuse.
Have discussions with your student about expectations regarding drug use. Use this time to clear up any misperceptions about usage, especially among their peers.
Do not let distance discourage you from asking about your student's daily life. Maintain communication and ask specific open-ended questions to help give you an indication of any problems. Examples may include: What do you do for fun? What is your favorite class you're taking this quarter?
If you suspect your student may have a problem, address it right away. Please visit our resource tab for on- and off-campus services.
Encourage your student to think long-term about how drug use can affect their life goals. Remember- even the best students make mistakes; don't give up on your student!