Getting more than you bargained for?
Getting high is risky in a lot of ways - and not just medically.
Intoxication compromises mental functioning by affecting memory and learning. Students who smoke are more likely to skip class, not turn in assignments, get poor grades, and drop out. If you choose to get high, you're less likely to complete your degree. These learning and memory issues can persist for more than 24 hours after use, so getting high on Saturday night might impact your performance in class on Monday.
Getting high also affects your motor coordination and perception of sights, sounds, time, and touch. This means that you're more likely to get into a car accident than if you were sober.
What about medical marijuana?
Laws in some states permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This is because THC - the active ingredient - is powerful enough to help treat the symptoms of glaucoma and reduce nausea in patients with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Indiana is not one of these states. Federal law considers marijuana as Schedule I Controlled Substance not widely accepted for medical use. As a University, USI is required to follow federal laws regarding marijuana.