By K. Rakell, For The YJ
Students living at Scholars Hall have complained of the distinctive odor of marijuana allegedly being smoked inside the dorm.
Cannabis is a drug that is often used for self-medication and recreation, and is illegal in West Virginia.
The lingering smell of pot in the residence hall triggered reports. Residents have been reminded all smoking is prohibited in the residence halls. To date, however, no one has been cited for violating dorm rules.
Derrien Williams, interim director of Housing and Residence Life, said, “Students know that they have to be 20 feet away from the building when they are smoking tobacco products.”
“If they are caught smoking anything that is illegal, then they will have the proper authorities called on them,” she said.
Also, there are designated places on campus where smoking is permitted, but illegal substances are not allowed there, too.
Williams said, “There is no smoking of any kind in the residence hall. If caught it will result in your immediate dismissal from the residence halls.”
Students risk the loss of their on-campus housing if caught smoking tobacco. If arrested for pot smoking, the penalities for marijuana use in West Virginia are stiff.
Possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor crime and can get you 90 days to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. For second or subsequent violations, the penalties double to up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.