GW Policy Still Prohibits Marijuana Use

D.C. law legalizing possession of small amounts of the drug does not impact university ban.

February 27, 2015

By Brittney Dunkins

A law that legalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana took effect Thursday in the District of Columbia, but the new law does not change the George Washington University policy that prohibits use and possession of the drug.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) allowed Initiative 71 to take effect Thursday evening—legalizing private possession and use of marijuana for D.C. residents 21 and older.

Under federal law, using, selling or possessing marijuana is illegal. George Washington University’s policy prohibiting possession and use of marijuana is consistent with federal law.  Federal rules require universities and colleges that receive federal funds to abide by federal law, according to a university statement.

The GW policy applies to students, faculty, staff and visitors, even if they are 21 years of age or older.

All GW students are expected to adhere to the guidelines of the Code of Student Conduct, which prohibit marijuana use and possession. If a GW student violates the code, he or she is subject to disciplinary sanctions.