The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Know the Facts

Contains THC, Keep it Off Campus

You may not use or possess marijuana, medical marijuana, or marijuana paraphernalia in any form anywhere on University of Massachusetts Amherst property.

  • No VaporizersNo Vaporizers
  • No EdiblesNo Edibles
  • No SmokingNo Smoking

Keep it off campus

Alcohol and marijuana can negatively influence academic success and personal well-being, and it is important to understand the policies and regulations concerning its use both on and off campus.

Before you consider using recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, it is important to know and understand the facts and policies about its use. Similar to alcohol and other drugs, there are federal laws; Massachusetts laws; and university policies regarding marijuana and its use.

  • Be responsible

    Students who look out for one another make better decisions. Be a party smart host or guest.

  • Take care of others

    Drug overdose or alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately!  The Medical Amnesty Policy prevents you and your friend from being charged with a Code of Conduct violation if you seek help in an alcohol or drug related emergency.

  • Private residences only

    You can use marijuana at your private residence or on private property if the landlord or property owner allows it. Check your lease!

    M.G.L. 94G §13

  • Do not mail or bring out of Massachusetts

    Mailing or taking any amount of marijuana from Massachusetts is strictly prohibited and subject to serious penalties.  

    21 U.S. Code §812

Special Considerations for Non-U.S. Citizens

Immigration law treats all marijuana-related activity as a crime. Possession, use, and/or admission of marijuana use (legal or illegal) by persons who are not U.S. Citizens (e.g. legal permanent residents, international visa holders, undocumented individuals, etc.) can result in harsh immigration consequences such as: revocation of status, deportation, denial of entry into the U.S., and inability to obtain future immigration benefits. Note: all ports of entry into the U.S., including international terminals at airports, are on federal property where immigration laws are strictly enforced.

This information is not to be construed as legal advice and is current as of August 31, 2018. Stay up to date by following any changes in the law!