Trump Administration Defends Students’ Rights To Discuss Marijuana Legalization On Campus
The Department of Justice defended students’ rights to discuss marijuana legalization on campus in a federal court filing on Monday. While cannabis may be federally illegal, the Justice Department sided with a Mississippi student who filed a lawsuit against his school after he was allegedly prevented from talking about the issue earlier this year, arguing that the First Amendment protects students who discuss legalization and that restrictive policies prohibiting such free expression at public schools are unconstitutional. When campus police were called to stop the student, who was polling his colleagues on marijuana reform in April, that crossed a line, the department said. Mike Brown, the plaintiff in the suit filed against Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in September, said that after holding up a sign inquiring about where students stood on legalization, an official summoned the police, who confronted him, requested identification and took him to campus police chief’s office. “Some people get in trouble for smoking weed, but at Jones College, I got in trouble just for trying to talk about it,” Brown said in September when he first filed his case. “College is for cultivating thought and learning and encouraging civil discourse with your peers. That’s not…
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