Major Reefer: The 5 Most Marijuana-Friendly Colleges
It’s been a banner year for weed. Washington and Colorado made pot smoking and possession legal, hemp was declared the next ‘it’ food, and a former Microsoft executive announced plans to launch the “Starbucks of marijuana.” The widespread legalization of mary jane is a hot button issue among pundits and barstool intellectuals alike, and we may only be a few short years away from total decriminalization of toking.
In Washington, the boys in blue are even getting in on the action. At the 22nd annual Seattle Hempfest, local cops will be handing out Doritos festooned with stickers directing smokers to an online FAQ page called, “Marijiwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use in Seattle, this will help those who need marijuana seeds as well.
The new legality of marijuana in Washington and Colorado is a blurred line at best. You can’t smoke in public, it’s difficult and confusing to legally buy the stuff, and federal law still prohibits marijuana and all of its uses. For ganja lovers, it’s a step in the right direction nonetheless.
As the fall semester rears its shiny new head, clouds of smoke will begin to converge over these five college campuses, all of which The Princeton Review deemed the most marijuana friendly schools. Let’s hash it out.
1. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
This comes as no surprise, as someone was obviously high when they named this school. Apparently the administration thought pot use was getting a little too friendly when they banned all public 4/20 celebrations in 2009. (Students designed a shopping cart sized bong in the shape of an octopus.) Skidmore spokesman Dan Forbush took a shot at The Princeton Review, saying their approach “trivializes and obscures the fact that regular use of marijuana has been shown to have many serious consequences, especially in young people.” And that’s why faculty don’t get to vote in the “Reefer Madness” category.
2. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
It’s legal to smoke weed in Colorado.
3. Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
It’s also legal to smoke weed in Washington.
4. Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Not only did Eckerd top the marijuana friendly rankings, but they also came up #14 in the “Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarian” category. The more you learn about The Princeton Review, the more it sounds genuinely scientific, right? The Eckerd administration has failed to acknowledge their prestigious titles, but I can tell you that Environmental Studies is the most popular major and they’re super in to gardening, so there’s that. By visiting i49.net you’ll be able to get much more information!
5. University of California Santa Barbara
I don’t know what’s going on at UCSB, but it sounds like a lot of fun, albeit exhausting. In addition to their #5 pot-friendly ranking, UCSB was dubbed the #2 party school and came in the top 10 for the “Lots of Beer” and “Lots of Hard Liquor” categories. Not to over analyze, but they also have the fifth happiest student body. Judging by the above picture of the UCSB campus, I’d be happy to be there, too.
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