Medical pot on campus: Colleges say no and face lawsuits

HARTFORD, Conn. — Colleges are becoming a battleground in the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws.

Students who failed drug tests and were expelled or disciplined for using medical marijuana are taking their schools to court in states where medical pot is legal.

College leaders cite the federal government's classification of cannabis as an illegal drug and say they're worried their schools would lose federal funding if they do not continue to ban marijuana.

The lawsuits, including ones in Connecticut and Florida and another planned in Arizona, may lead to legal precedents on medical marijuana use on college campuses.

In the meantime, marijuana advocates say, schools could continue to prohibit pot but make the penalties lighter so students would not be expelled or suspended for their medical marijuana use.

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