Ithaca, Cornell join growing number of college campuses banning marijuana

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — College campuses in Central New York are deciding to continue the ban on marijuana even if New York State says it’s legal for anyone over 21.

Syracuse University announced its decision on Tuesday and now Ithaca College and Cornell University are doing the same.

The schools will observe federal law which prohibits all use at places of higher education, including private schools that receive federal aid.

In a statement on its website, Cornell states in part:

“The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act both condition Cornell’s receipt of all federal funding — including support for research and student financial aid — on the university’s implementation of programs and policies to prohibit the use of any illegal drug. Cannabis remains an illegal drug under federal law, and therefore cannot be permitted on campus for recreational or medical purposes. The only exception is for research use authorized under applicable Drug Enforcement Agency licenses.”

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