The dispute is a common one: many college students will smoke pot during their stints on campus, and the university staff – from RAs to campus police – can’t allow that. Students hide their activities better on some campuses than others, however.
At the University of Colorado – Boulder, which has placed on The Princeton Review’s Reefer Madness list every year for six years, marijuana use on campus is apparent. In the past there have been clashes between students and administration over an annual smoke-out on April 20, and one such clash involved the university closing its campus to visitors and using a foul smelling fertilizer to keep students off the quad, according to the Huffington Post.
In the last six years, only 33 schools have made the list and seven, including the University of Colorado – Boulder, were listed every year. Though recreational marijuana use is usually considered not addictive, the slow turnover of this list indicates that the culture, at least once in a university setting, is hard to break.
The Reefer Madness list may not be as stable in coming years, however. With more and more places legalizing medical marijuana, there appears to be a rise in institutionalized weed – like the multiple schools now offering courses on weed and the new Northeastern Institute of Cannabis, in Natick, Mass. which offers a 12 course program and presents graduates with a “cannabis industry certification” according to the New York Post.
But at least for the time being, here are the top schools for Reefer Madness:
The ‘Reefer Madness’ Rankings From 2015 to 2010
|2015 Rank & School||2015 Rank||2014 Rank||2013 Rank||2012 Rank||2011 Rank||2010 Rank|
|The Evergreen State College||3||3||6||11||NR||NR|
|University of Colorado – Boulder||4||2||1||4||6||5|
|University of Vermont||6||5||15||10||4||3|
|University of Oregon||7||7||NR||NR||14||15|
|Sarah Lawrence College||8||15||18||19||12||12|
|University of California – Santa Cruz||10||9||2||2||1||1|
|University of California – Santa Barbara||11||5||10||3||9||9|
|State University of New York – Purchase College||12||NR||9||NR||16||19|
|Lewis & Clark College||15||NR||13||6||NR||NR|
|University of Wisconsin – Madison||19||14||NR||NR||NR||NR|
|Bard College (NY)||NR||11||11||5||3||4|
|University of Texas at Austin||NR||13||NR||NR||NR||NR|
|Green Mountain College||NR||16||5||NR||17||20|
|West Virginia University||NR||19||12||NR||18||17|
|Warren Wilson College||NR||NR||7||7||NR||13|
|New York University||NR||NR||8||12||NR||NR|
|New College of Florida||NR||NR||NR||9||11||6|
|Arizona State University||NR||NR||NR||17||NR||NR|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||NR||NR||NR||18||NR||NR|
Source: The Princeton Review