Statement on the Possession, Use, and Cultivation of Marijuana

On April 21, 2021, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law House Bill 2312 and Senate Bill 1406 legalizing the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana in Virginia beginning July 1, 2021. However, the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act prohibits the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana at institutions of higher education that receive federal funds (including the University of Mary Washington) and requires them to have policies prohibiting marijuana on university property and at university-sponsored off-campus events.

Therefore, in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, the University of Mary Washington continues its existing prohibition of the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana on University property or at University-sponsored events.

For questions about policies and procedures regarding students and UMW drug policies, please contact Dr. Ray Tuttle, Director of the Office of Student Conduct and Responsibility (OSCAR). For questions regarding employees and UMW drug policies, please contact Human Resources.

For more information on UMW’s Drug Policy, please see here.