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Weed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, Mary Jane, hash, blunt.... Marijuana. Its names are many and so are the myths related to it: Marijuana is harmless... Marijuana isn't addictive... Driving high is safer than driving drunk. The truth is, marijuana can cause major problems.
We want you to be educated about the realities of marijuana use, especially the consequences.
UND has a no tolerance policy for drug use, especially within our Residence Halls. If you are found with marijuana in the residence halls, you will be evicted immediately and parental notification will occur.
UND may notify parents or guardians of students who, at the time of disclosure, are under the age of 21 and have violated any federal, state, or local laws, or violated any rule or policy of the institution governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. Parental notification will be made for any drug offense.
You will also lose your financial aid (first offense- one year, second offense- three years, third offense- indefinitely).
North Dakota Legal Consequences
Marijuana is illegal in North Dakota and its possession, use, and sale carry prison sentences and fines. Furthermore, conviction of a drug-related offense can brand you with a criminal record for the rest of your life!
The State of North Dakota has adopted the Uniform Controlled Substances Act which makes it "unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance [...]" (North Dakota Century Code Section 19-03.1).
Legal penalties for alcohol offenses range:
- A Class B misdemeanor may result in 30 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine.
- A Class A misdemeanor may result in one year in jail and/or $2,000 fine.
For drug offenses, an individual will be charged according to the amount and classification of the controlled substance. Charges range from a Class B Misdemeanor to a Class A Felony, which carries with it a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail and/or a fine of $10,000.
- Impaired short-term memory – When your short-term memory is impaired, it is going to be much more difficult for you to remember the information you learned in class when, later on, you're back home working on your homework. And, if your short-term memory is impaired it will be more difficult to make long term memories, which means that final exam is going to be a real pain!
- Difficulty thinking and problem solving – One of the major things we are supposed to learn while at college is how to think critically. For this reason, our classes are designed in a way that will challenge us to think about and solve problems in ways we have never experienced before. Doing this without any drugs is hard enough, but when you add marijuana, it becomes much much more difficult!
- Anxiety attacks or feelings of paranoia – Some think that marijuana helps anxiety, but it actually causes more anxiety and can even lead to feelings of paranoia. Paranoia is a more severe form of anxiety, to the point of irrationality and even delusion. Ever feel nervous before a big test? Or when trying to write a paper you're struggling with? Marijuana can magnify those nerves and sense of anxiousness, even to the point of being unable to complete that text or paper.
- Impaired muscle coordination and judgment – We use our muscle coordination and judgment in nearly every task we do. Putting on a pair of pants, writing a text message, deciding if there is enough time between cars to cross the road... When our muscle coordination and judgment are impaired, we can literally find ourselves in situations that are life and death without realizing it.
- Increased susceptibility to infections – On that first day of class each semester, when we receive our syllabi for the semester, one thing that you'll notice is that there isn't any room for sick days. Being around so many people all of the time (especially if you share a room or apartment with others) means that we are more likely to spread illnesses to one another. Using marijuana weakens our immune system making it more likely to get the nasty cold going around, the flu, and any number of even worse illnesses. Being sick more often usually means missing more class. Missing enough classes can easily lead to failing the class.
- Dry mouth and eyes, increased heart rate, visible signs of intoxication, etc.