Marijuana, Nicotine, & Substance Misuse Resources
Hokie Wellness strives to prevent the use/misuse of substances to promote the health and well-being of all individuals. The most common substance misused on campus is alcohol. Other substance use includes tobacco, marijuana, prescription medications (study drugs, pain killers, etc.) and many others. If you are struggling with substance use, Hokie Wellness has many resources that can help.
New Virginia Tech Marijuana Policy
Effective July 1, 2021, marijuana is legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia for both recreational and medical use.
However, federal law prohibits the use, possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions.
This applies to students, employees, and members of the general public on ALL of Virginia Tech’s campuses.
Please click the button below to see the full policy.
Virginia Tobacco Policy
As of July 1st, 2019, you must be 21 years of age to purchase tobacco and other nicotine products in the state of Virginia.
If you are a current user and would like help quitting you can meet with a tobacco treatment specialist in Hokie Wellness at no charge! See below for more information.
Signs that alcohol, marijuana, or another substance could be having a negative impact on your life:
- Academics, relationships, and other areas of life are negatively affected by use
- Continued use despite negative effects on relationships, mental or physical health, or academics
- Using a substance as a way to cope with stress, mental or physical health concerns, grief, etc.
- Having a high tolerance (needing more to achieve the desired effect)
- Stopping participation in activities you used to enjoy because of your use
- Spending a great deal of time getting, using, or recovering from alcohol or another drug
(Source: Mental Health America, 2017)
Substance Misuse Resources
Hokie Wellness offers Narcan (Naloxone) trainings to students, faculty, and staff. This medication is designed to reverse an opioid overdose. If you would like to learn more about the trainings or schedule a workshop for a group please contact us at HokieWellnessAOD@vt.edu or call 540–231–2233.
Hokie Wellness provides free tobacco cessation services for students. We also provide reduced prices on nicotine replacement products for those interested. To schedule an appointment, contact us at Healthed@vt.edu or visit our Program Request Page.
Hokie Wellness offers one-on-one consultations for any student who wishes to discuss their substance use and how it may be impacting their life. These sessions are free of charge. Contact our office by visiting us in 195 McComas Hall, giving us a call at (540) 231-2233, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes, students complete these sessions due to a conduct violation. For more information on the requirements and costs associated with conduct violations, please visit our mandated sanctions section below.
Cook Counseling offers many resources to students who seek help for their mental health and other concerns. They offer a variety of services such as group counseling, individual counseling, and psychiatric services. If you aren't sure that counseling is the right thing for you right now, consider an initial appointment to learn more about the variety of services they offer.
The Recovery Community at Virginia Tech is a place where students in recovery or thinking about recovery from substance abuse can find community, friendship, and understanding.
If you have received a mandated sanction for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct’s Alcohol and Substance Policy, you will find the expectations and polices of Hokie Wellness below.
Self Reporting and Bystander Intervention (SRBI) Policy at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech recognizes that the health and safety of students is of utmost importance. Therefore, if someone requires assistance for themselves or others because of alcohol or drug use, we want them to call for help. If medical assistance is sought, Student Conduct will not pursue conduct charges against the individual or organization who sought assistance, or the individual in need of assistance. However, Student Conduct will still require students to attend a meeting with a hearing officer to discuss the incident and will assign substance-related and other educational assignments to the involved parties. Violations having a significant individual or community impact and students with prior violations that demonstrate an actual, potential, or perceived pattern of behavior are not likely to have outcomes that are mitigated and are not likely to be protected under this policy.
Limit amount consumed and frequency of consumption
Limit the amount purchased at a time
Avoid synthetics and concentrates
Don’t mix cannabis with tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs
Do not drive while under the influence
Know the source of your cannabis (to avoid cannabis laced with other drugs)