The Ultimate Stoner Dorm Room Guide

It’s back to school time, and for many, it’s the beginning of college: college campuses will soon be swarming with new freshmen to get in everyone’s way and see how far they can push the rules. One of those rules is smoking in dorms—while we don’t condone the practice, we know you’re going to anyway.

So, to keep you safe (and make you a little cooler to new friends), here’s our list of what you need to toke in your dorm room

1. Smell-Proof Container for Bud

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Rights Violations Seen in Federal Mara Crackdown

Civil rights organizations in New York are trying to determine if police and school officials on Long Island helped federal authorities detain students illegally in the country on the basis of dubious claims of ties to Central American gangs.

The controversy comes days after President Trump‘s inflammatory speech before law enforcement officers in Long Island’s Suffolk County on July 28. There was a major outcry over Trump’s urging of police to be “rough” with suspects in the speech. This outrage nearly eclipsed media coverage of his pledge in the speech to “destroy” the MS-13 gang network, calling its members “animals.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union and LatinoJustice have filed a joint request under New York’s Freedom of Information Law with the Suffolk County Police Department and a local district, regarding suspensions of immigrant students for supposed gang affiliations. At least two students at Bellport High School are being held in federal immigration detention facilities after being suspended from school.

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Casualties of War: How Prohibition Affects Education

The devastating impact of the War on Drugs extends to higher education, as students caught with pot face losing out on federal financial aid and often, consequently, on an education. Drug offenses are the only crimes that must be reported on federal student-aid applications, and that’s unlikely to change under a new administration laden with drug warriors.

Christy Billett could be the poster child for exposing the enduring perniciousness of the Drug War’s attack on American college students. Her story also stands as a stark warning about what many students may face under the Trump administration with an Education Department headed by Betsy DeVos and a Justice Department led by Jeff Sessions.

Back in 2000, Billett—then a working-class young woman of 18—was a few courses shy of completing her associate’s degree at DuBois Business College in rural Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where she was enrolled in a program that would have made her a medical-transcription administrator. But she found herself entrapped in a sting by a friend’s father, a man with cancer who had asked his son to find him a source of marijuana to ease his pain. Billett, who had some pot and occasionally sold some, offered to sell him two ounces, but it turned out he was setting her up. While closing the deal, Billett was arrested and, without an attorney, agreed to make a statement to police. She subsequently hired a lawyer who managed to get the court to change her plea to “no contest,” but the damage was done. A convicted drug felon under Pennsylvania law, when Billett filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January 2001 to cover her final semester’s tuition, she discovered that she was permanently banned from receiving any federal tuition grants or student loans.

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Arizona: Ban on MMJ on College Campuses Struck Down (For Now)

Legal cannabis is also legal at Arizona schools—in the dormitories and on the college green.

An Arizona high court has struck down a ban on medical marijuana at the state’s college and university campuses. Following state voters’ approval of medical cannabis in 2010, state lawmakers passed a law making it a crime for approved cannabis patients to bring their marijuana into various places—among them school buses, prisons, and state-funded institutions of higher learning.

Doing so, as The Arizona Daily Sun reports, turns medical marijuana users into criminals—and doing that violates the will of the voters who approved medical marijuana in the first place, an appeals court judge ruled.

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Pot Matters: Studying Cannabis on Campus, Pt. 2

A new study in the March 2017 issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors takes a look at “College Student Marijuana Involvement” through an examination of “perceptions, use, and consequences across 11 college campuses” by Matthew Pearson, Bruce, Liese, and Robert Dvorak. Part One of this column described the study and reviewed the issue of problematic and non-problematic consequences of marijuana use. However, this study provides additional information of interest about cannabis on campus.

Marijuana users in this study of over 8,000 college students over-estimate how often the typical college student consumes marijuana compared to their own use. College students also perceive that the typical student used marijuana more frequently than they do.

Motivation to use marijuana is based on a common survey tool used to assess motivation for drinking alcohol; the now-standard evaluation tool for marijuana use motivation was derived by Jeffrey Simons and colleagues and reported in a 1998 article in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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Pot Matters: Studying Cannabis on Campus, Pt. 1

A new study in the March, 2017 issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors takes a look at “College Student Marijuana Involvement” through an examination of “perceptions, use, and consequences across 11 college campuses” by Matthew Pearson, Bruce, Liese, and Robert Dvorak.

This is a valuable and well-designed study based on interviews with over 8,000 students at 11 universities located throughout the United States, though it does have some sampling flaws which suggest caution in interpreting its results. Simply put, these results are not based on a randomly selected representative sample of college students, but instead, despite the number of students surveyed and the broad selection of schools, it’s what is known as a convenience sample.

The authors selected schools in 11 states with a variety of marijuana policies in place, two from legalization states (Colorado and Washington), four from state with medical marijuana laws (New Mexico, New York, Wyoming and California) and five others (Alabama, Virginia, North Dakota, Texas and Kansas).

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