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What is Cannabis? Cannabis is derived from the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa). It grows wild in many of the tropical and temperate areas of the world.  It can be grown in almost any climate and is increasingly grown by means of indoor hydroponic technology. 

The main active ingredient in cannabis is called delta-9 tetrahydro-cannabinol, or THC.  THC is the part of the cannabis plant that gives the "high" and potency of THC between cannabis products has a wide range.

Cannabis comes in 3 main forms:Marijuana in WA

  • marijuana (dried flowers and leaves)
  • hashish (resin)
  • hash oil (oil from resin)

The short-term effects of using cannabis may include:

  • feeling of well-being
  • talkativeness
  • drowsiness
  • loss of inhibitions
  • decreased nausea
  • increased appetite
  • loss of coordination
  • blood shot eyes
  • dryness of the eyes, mouth and throat
  • anxiety and paranoia

The long-term effects of cannabis may include:

  • increased risk of respiratory diseases assoicated with smoking, including cancer
  • decreased memory and learning abilities
  • decreased motivation in areas such as studying, work or concentration

Research is limited on the long-term effects of cannabis

What Eastern Washington University students need to know

Fact: 83.4% of EWU students do not smoke marjuana.
American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Eastern Washington University Spring 2014.

In 2012, Washington state voters passed a law making it legal for adults over 21 years of age to possess and use small amounts of marijuana.

Marijuna - including medical marijuana - use by EWU students, employees or the general public is not allowed anywhere on the EWU campus, including residence halls.  Even though legal in Washington, marijuana is still illegal under federal law.  The University follows the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (20 USC 1145g). It is illegal to sell, produce, distribute or use marijuana on EWU property or during school sanctioned events.

Marijuana use on the EWU campus has consequences under the EWU Student Conduct Code and state law. 

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