Although the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2012, created legislation allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the law did not require any school or public place to allow use on site and does not require any institution to violate federal law. The Federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act prohibits the use of controlled substances, including marijuana. The Federal Controlled Substances Act defines marijuana as a controlled substance and makes no distinction between the medical and recreational use. Accordingly, Wentworth Institute of Technology does not allow the use or possession of marijuana on its campus, or at any location, event, or activity sponsored or controlled by the Institute.
Any violation by the Institute of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, or facilitation of or acquiescence to a violation of the Controlled Substances Act, could jeopardize the Institute’s eligibility to participate in financial aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. A student convicted of an offense involving the possession of a controlled substance prior to or during a period of school enrollment in which federal financial aid was received, is ineligible to receive federal student aid for specified periods of time, depending on the egregiousness of the offense.