Humboldt State v. The Compassionate Use Act (Prop 215)


"We do not recognize medical marijuana," says Humboldt State University's Police Department. Yes, Humboldt State is in, and subject to, the laws of the State of California. However, HSU police have a stated policy now that is resting on the premise that because HSU receives federal funding, and federal law maintains marijuana as a Schedule One Drug with no medicinal benefits, they cannot recognize California's Compassionate Use Act on the HSU campus. ( Source: Humboldt State Police Department )

It's almost as if HSU Police Department is taking a page from US Forest Service Law enforcement playbook who will cite you to Federal Court if you possess what is clearly medically approved marijuana in a located that is in California but also on US Forest Land. By contrast however, HSU police officers do not have the jurisdiction to cite you to Federal Court, only State Court.

If the offense is a misdemeanor offense, HSU officers have to send a report to the District Attorney who would decide what charges should be filed. Luckily, even most new District Attorneys will promptly reject filing any such charges because they know they will not win the case at trial.

On the other hand, if filed as an infraction (fine only), the HSU officers can directly file the case to the court. A young or inexperienced person being charged may just walk in to court and be told to just plead guilty and pay a fine without considering the other potential ramifications which can be much more detrimental than being out approximately $500.

A conviction for any drug offense, including marijuana, could lead to the loss of ability to get Federal Loans and grants, the loss of future employment, school sanctions, and more. We are unfortunately being mistreated to another instance where common sense and a law enforcement policy have gone their separate ways. It is yet to be seen how long this perversion of the law can be maintained but it seems that even one conviction or ruining one college student's career is one too many.


Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods are two of the most beautiful campuses in their respective systems and are backed by some of the top scholastic programs in the State of California.

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