Cannabis Policy FAQ
A Change In State Law
In June of 2019, the Illinois legislature passed Public Act 101-0027, which will legalize the use of cannabis in the state of Illinois in January of 2020. However, cannabis remains illegal under federal law. Moreover, Northwestern University complies with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, which requires a drug-free campus community. Therefore, Northwestern University prohibits the possession, use, manufacture, cultivation, dissemination, and storage of cannabis by students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all of Northwestern University’s campuses and properties and at University-sponsored events.
Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions to ensure that amidst this change in state law our community is aware of Northwestern’s expectations and policies related to cannabis possession and use.
Is cannabis allowed on campus?
Is medical cannabis allowed on campus?
Can I use cannabis if I am a student but live off-campus?
Does Amnesty Through Responsible action apply to cannabis use?
Can distributors advertise for their dispensary on campus?
If I live in university housing and have a medical cannabis prescription, can I move off campus?
What happens when a student violates Northwestern's policy on drugs and alcohol by possessing or using cannabis on campus?
I have more questions about policy. Where should I go?
I want to talk to somebody about substance use. Who can I talk to?
HPaW offers both self-guided online resources through eCheckUp To Go as well as non-clinical individual consultations and BASICS. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 847.491.2146 or email email@example.com
CAPS offers brief individual psychotherapy which can also help connect you to more specialized resources in the community. To initiate this process, schedule an Initial Care Plan appointment. CAPS also offers Let’s Talk, an informal, friendly, and confidential consultation in various locations on campus. No topic is off-limits.