Marijuana policy on campus

University Housing & Dining Services marijuana policy information

Under Oregon voter-approved ballot Measure 91, the recreational use of marijuana is permitted beginning July 1, 2015 for individuals 21 years of age or older. 

However, marijuana is still a prohibited substance federally under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  OSU-Cascades also abides by the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act which prohibits the possession, use or distribution of marijuana on campus and in the work place.  As an institution that receives federal funding, Oregon State University-Cascades is committed to upholding the federal law.

The Policy Guide prohibits the possession, use or distribution of marijuana in all forms, along with the use of all other illegal drugs or legal drugs not used in the manner prescribed, on University property or at University activities regardless of age. For more information about the policy, please visit the Policy Guide

Additionally, please be advised that on-campus housing policies with regards to alcohol and drug use are more extensive than state and federal laws in order to protect and support positive, safe, academically-focused living communities.  To that end, additional policies may apply within living groups.  Students who are found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, even if used previously or off-campus, may be subject to on-campus disciplinary procedures.


  1. The possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, including marijuana in UHDS housing is prohibited. This is true even if you have a medical marijuana card or are over 21 years of age.  The illegal possession, use or distribution of prescription drugs in UHDS housing is also prohibited.
  2. The use of substances outside of their intended purposes and in a manner not prescribed by a physician is prohibited. Prescription drugs are permitted on campus if accompanied by an authentic medical prescription. Use of legal medication outside the parameters of the medical authorization is prohibited.
  3. It is prohibited to be under the influence of illegal drugs, including marijuana in any form. Students who exhibit behaviors that appear to have been influenced by illegal drug use may be subject to disciplinary process. Such behaviors may include, but are not limited to, slurred speech, smell of marijuana or other drugs, lack of balance, or swaying. Students are reminded that being under the influence of drugs, including legal substances such as salvia, is not an excuse for disruptive behavior or other violations of University policies or rules.
  4. Students may not possess drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia includes equipment, products and materials of any kind which are marketed for use or designed for drug use including, but not limited to, bongs, smoking pipes, vaporizers, syringe needles, and roach clips. For a more complete listing of prohibited items please see Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 475.525.
  5. It is a violation of policy for anyone to knowingly be present in a room/suite where illegal drugs are present, or where violations of this policy are taking place.  

University officials will refer residents and their guests who violate this provision to Public Safety.  Because marijuana is prohibited on campus regardless of age or medical marijuana cardholder status, UHDS staff will work with Public Safety to remove and destroy marijuana in any form and/or drug paraphernalia that is found in the residence halls. 

If you have any questions or concerns about drug use, you are encouraged to talk with a staff member in Student Wellness. For more information on alcohol and other drugs please visit the OSU Student Health Services website