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The Blue & Gray Press | August 17, 2018

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Mistep of inquiry in residential use of marijuana leads to student scare

April 26, 2017 |


Sophomore Ariana Barrett and her roommate were looking forward to a fun evening at the Waka Flocka Flame spring concert featuring D.R.A.M. Before the concert, they wanted to stop by their dorm room. On their way to the second floor the area coordinator remarked that there was a strong smell of marijuana. Barrett agreed, without actually saying so out loud, but she thought it smelled like someone was smoking pot.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Marijuana decriminalization

April 16, 2014 |

To the Editor:
Have you ever noticed the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it?
Every year almost 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana; that’s one arrest every 42 seconds.Read More

Marijuana Restrictions Can Lead to Higher Crime Rate

December 6, 2012 |

The recent legislation passed in Colorado and Washington that legalized the recreational use of marijuana has reinvigorated a debate raging in our country for years.Read More

Archaic Drug Laws Need Change

April 11, 2012 |

In 2012, Imperial College London conducted a study that helped confirm the startling effectiveness of a new anti-depressant medication. Unfortunately, the medication is illegal. Commonly called “magic mushrooms,” these fungi are Schedule I controlled substances, considered by the law to have a high potential for abuse and no medical potential, despite an increasing number of scientific studies to the contrary.
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One-Strike Policy Goes up in Smoke

September 22, 2011 |


The Board of Visitors (BOV) announced on Sept. 15 that they revised the drug policy over the summer after continued student complaints that it was too harsh.

The previous one-strike policy read, “Violation of these [drug] policies … Read More

Public Debate Class Argues One-Strike Policy

November 18, 2010 |

The public debate practicum class held a forum to discuss the merits of the one-strike drug policy on campus yesterday, Nov. 17.

The debate was introduced by moderator Thomas Ella, who also spoke with Doug Rissing in favor of keeping … Read More

Student Drug Case Hearings Continue

October 28, 2010 |

Trials for some of the recent UMW drug arrests have begun, with five of the accused standing trial over the last week.

John Collins, 19, accused of sale and distribution of marijuana, went to trial in Fredericksburg General District Court … Read More

Questions on One-Strike Policy

October 20, 2010 |

The recent string of drug arrests within the Mary Washington community has led many students to question the frequently challenged one-strike drug policy and how it will affect the accused students.

According to Ray Tuttle, director of judicial affairs and … Read More

Police Beat- April 13 to April 19

April 21, 2010 |

April 13- A UMW student reported that her license plate was missing from her car on Sunken Road.

April 13- A UMW student reported that on April 8, while waiting for a taxi at the Bell Tower, a man approached … Read More

Buying Marijuana Supports Violent Drug Cartels and Instability in Mexico

March 31, 2010 |

The legalization of marijuana is a controversial topic that leads to much debate over the merits of such a decision. The debate has even extended to the Mary Washington campus over its “one-strike” policy on drug use.

Many students, and … Read More

U.S. Should Relight the Pot Problem

February 18, 2010 |


For years, the United States government has engaged in a self-described “War on Drugs,” prohibiting both the consumption and distribution of various narcotics, including marijuana. Prohibition of pot has been the law of the land for decades … Read More

Police Beat: Nov. 19, 2009

November 18, 2009 |

Nov. 10- A student reported that a parking decal went missing between Nov. 4 and 5.  The student did not know if the decal went missing from the car while the student was at UMW, at home in Northern Virginia … Read More