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Reefer madness

March 29th, 2012

On March 17, a student was arrested in Murphy Hall for attempted drug trafficking and possession of marijuana, along with other drug paraphernalia.

It is unacceptable that this is an issue at John Carroll. As students of this University, we must take measures to prevent future indiscretions.

Marijuana is an illegal substance, and the possession of such is a criminal offense that can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony.

The presence of such substances on John Carroll’s campus reflects poorly on the institution. It singles out and criminalizes the student body, and gives the community of University Heights yet another reason to sneer at the JCU community.

To eliminate the presence of illegal substances on campus and prevent this from being an issue in the future, the students should be better educated on the consequences of their actions. At floor meetings students should be told exactly how much they will have to pay in fines and how they will be penalized for breaking certain rules, like drinking or smoking in the dorms.

Since substance use takes place behind closed doors, the majority of change is going to have to come from within the student body. University authorities do not share the intimate immersion in student life that is necessary to know details about the presence of illegal substances. Students must step forward if they have any information about illegal activities.

If a student is caught with marijuana or another illegal substance, including alcohol, the University should be more firm with the consequences. The consequences will deter potential future offenses.