Cannabis Frequently Asked Questions

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Is smoking marijuana as bad as smoking cigarettes?

According to Drugfree.org, marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as cigarettes, sometimes in higher concentrations. Studies show that someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a pack a day.

Can a person become addicted to marijuana?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction. Research has shown that the risk of addiction is higher among people who start using as adolescents and among daily users. Withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, sleeping problems and anxiety can make it difficult for long-term marijuana smokers to quit.

If I smoke weed off campus and walk on to campus grounds is it ok?
Cannabis is prohibited on campus and at University-sponsored events and activities. If you choose to use cannabis off-campus you are responsible for determining where and under what circumstances it is legal and safe to do so.