Cannabis Cambridge, Humbug Harvard | Opinion – Harvard Crimson

For half of my life, I have lived in a state where weed is legal.

I am from cannabis Colorado. I was 11 years old when voters — much to the chagrin of then-Governor John W. Hickenlooper (who has now dramatically changed his stance as senator) — approved Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana. I watched as dispensary after dispensary popped up along the streets of Denver while stigmas fell and weed lifted our state economy.

Now, more than a decade later, 38 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana use, while 24 states, two territories, and D.C. have also legalized recreational use. In 2020, the National Institutes of Health reported the “highest levels of marijuana use recorded since the 1980s” among college students. Clearly, our levels of usage aren’t the only thing that’s getting high.

At Harvard, we’re no different: Students use cannabis.

Whether to spice up social gatherings, ease anxiety, brainstorm their column for The Crimson, or to simply get a little stoned, there is no doubt that even at our pristine Ivy League institution, students (and I would venture to guess professors!), enjoy the devil’s lettuce.

But even in our state of Massachusetts, where recreational use is legal

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