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Cannabis Policy

Know All The Facts

Before you consider using cannabis in Virginia, it is important to know and understand the facts and policies about its use. Just like with alcohol and other drugs, there are existing laws. The university also has a policy regarding the use of cannabis. Violations are subject to sanctions according to the Virginia Tech Code of Conduct.


Keep it off campus

Federal law prohibits the use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions. This applies to students, employees, and members of the general public on ALL of Virginia Tech’s campuses.


Federal law prohibits the use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions. This applies to students, employees, and members of the general public on ALL of Virginia Tech’s campuses.

“Effective July 1, 2021, marijuana is legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia for both recreational and medical use. As an academic community committed to wellbeing, Virginia Tech recognizes that using marijuana may negatively impact students’ academic performance, relationships, mental health, and career goals. Therefore, it is important for students to understand the policies and laws that govern marijuana possession and use, as well as the support resources that are available to address negative effects and potential misuse."

On-campus or at university-sponsored events off campus

Students, employees, and members of the general public cannot use, be under the influence of, possess, or cultivate marijuana in any form for any reason (including recreational or medical purposes) while on-campus or while attending off-campus, university-sponsored events.

This includes (but not limited to) smoking, vaping, and edibles.

Off-campus use

Off-campus students should follow Virginia laws related to marijuana use, possession, or growth, as well as checking in with their landlord and lease about policies pertaining to use and cultivation of marijuana.

Remember to read up on the laws to know the specific details pertaining to this state.

Special considerations for Non-US Citizens

Use and possession of marijuana by non-US citizens could lead to problems in naturalization or other immigration consequences since it is still a violation of federal law.