Top Schools for Reefer Madness

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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 & School2015 Rank2014 Rank2013 Rank2012 Rank2011 Rank2010 Rank
 Skidmore College 1 1 4 15 5 2
 Eckerd College 2 4 3 8 2 10
 The Evergreen State College 3 3 6 11 NR NR
 University of Colorado – Boulder 4 2 1 4 6 5
 Ithaca College 5 6 17 NR 10 11
 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
 Pitzer College 9 8 NR 16 13 14
 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
 Colorado College 13 NR 14 1 7 7
 Guilford College 14 18 16 NR NR 16
 Lewis & Clark College 15 NR 13 6 NR NR
 Emerson College 16 17 NR NR 20 NR
 Reed College 17 NR 20 13 NR NR
 Syracuse University 18 20 NR 14 NR NR
 University of Wisconsin – Madison 19 14 NR NR NR NR
 Marlboro College 20 NR NR NR 15 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
 Grinnell College NR NR 19 20 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
 Hampshire College NR NR NR NR 8 8
 Vassar College NR NR NR NR 19 NR
 Wesleyan University NR NR NR NR NR 17

Source: The Princeton Review