Marijuana has been a thing on college campuses for decades. And as states continue to legalize the use of medicinal and recreational weed, it is likely to only increase. And as funny as it might sound, a school’s stance on marijuana consumption could play a role in a college decision. For instance, for those who use marijuana for medicinal purposes, such as to manage epilepsy, you may not want to pick a school that has strict rules on its usage. And for those with negative reactions to the exposure of marijuana, you may not want to pick a school where marijuana use is common, widespread, and expected.
This year, at the top of The Princeton Review’s list of schools with the highest student ratings on marijuana use is the University of Vermont in Burlington. Students from almost 400 colleges nationwide were asked how widespread they thought the use of marijuana was in their colleges. Among the top 20 institutes ranked, four of the colleges that made the list were in Vermont. They are the University of Vermont, Marlboro College, Bennington College, and Champlain College.
The University of Vermont was also top of the list in 2017, and a deeper look into the school’s academics reveal that the student’s interest has not gone unnoticed by the administration. Since the state of Vermont legalized the drug in January this year, students at the University of Vermont can now work on getting a Cannabis Science and Medicine professional certificate in seven weeks. The institute’s Department of Pharmacology boasts of being the first medical school in the nation to offer this certification that is designed for “physicians, dispensary personnel, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, edible creators, regulators, and budtenders”.
Only New York state had more schools on the list than Vermont, with Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, Skidmore College, Ithaca College, and State University of New York – Purchase College, among the top 20. West Coast representation was comparatively less, with Pitzer College in Claremont, California, Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and the University of California – Santa Cruz, making the list. And, of course, the University of Colorado-Boulder also pops up on this year’s list.
Check out the list of schools that have consistently made it to the top of the list for marijuana use.