Wendy Koenig, Director of Federal and
Earlier today Governor Scott signed a bill
regarding recreational cannabis. This new
law does not change UVM’s policies
prohibiting cannabis on campus.
Cannabis remains illegal under federal law.
The University is at risk of losing federal
dollars, including Title IV financial aid
funds for students, if we allow cannabis on
campus. UVM is not alone in our policy of
prohibiting cannabis on campus. Universities
in Vermont and other states where cannabis
has been legalized also prohibit cannabis
for similar reasons.
In addition, smoking cannabis violates our
“Tobacco/Smoke Free” policy, which is
designed to support an environment promoting
wellness for all on campus. We also are
cognizant of the research done here at UVM
and elsewhere which indicates that even
recreational use of cannabis has significant
negative impacts on knowledge retention and
brain development of individuals under the
age of 29. All of these factors support our
policy of prohibiting cannabis use and
possession on our campus. The University of
Vermont is not willing to risk significant
federal dollars, including financial aid
money to students, nor risk the health,
safety, welfare, and educational achievement
of members of our community.
If you would like additional information, or
have further questions on the new law,
please contact the Office of University
Relations and we will assist you.