Marijuana: Research, Information, Education & Prevention

Welcome to the Marijuana Information page, provided by the SAFE Office at Frostburg State University. With the legalization of cannabis in Maryland and other states, it is important to stay informed about the changing social and legal environment. This page offers valuable information on the effects of marijuana, Maryland laws, FSU policies and practices, and resources for those seeking more information or support. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive guide to help you make informed decisions about marijuana use.


According to the Maryland College Survey, a significant majority of FSU students (80%) reported not using cannabis in the past month. The FSU MD-CAS 2022 Survey, conducted among Frostburg State University students, found that 26% of respondents reported using cannabis in the past year. Among those who reported using cannabis, smoking was the preferred method of consumption; with 84% of all users saying they regularly smoke, followed by edibles at 63%, and vaping at 56%. However, it is important to note that college students tend to overestimate the prevalence of alcohol and drug use on campus.

For students who choose to use marijuana, please consider the following facts:

  • Impaired driving crashes have increased significantly in other states who have legalized marijuana.
  • It’s illegal to take marijuana products out of the state.
  • Outdoor recreational facilities have the legal right to impose fines on students who may be in violation of their business policy regarding marijuana.
  • Marijuana is not cheap. The national average price of marijuana per ounce is $326.00. (District of Columbia being the most expensive)
  • Maryland College Survey found a statistically significant association between using cannabis in academic contexts and lower GPA/skipping class.
  • Marijuana is associated with gun violence, homicide and reckless endangerment more than any other illicit drug.


Legal Matters/Policies

At Frostburg State University, it is prohibited for anyone (regardless of age) to possess or use marijuana on campus in any form, even with a prescription. The university is required to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, which mandates that each institution distribute written standards of conduct to all students and employees annually. These standards must clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on school property or as part of any school activities for employees (Policy) or students (Code of Conduct). Violating the FSU drug policy by being under the influence of marijuana will result in student conduct sanctions and processes. Moreover, using marijuana in any form, such as smoking, eating, or vaping, is not allowed in public places on campus. It is worth noting that smoking and vaping are also in violation of the university's smoke-free campus policy.

Substance Abuse Policy

Community Standards Policy Statements

Recreational Cannabis Use and Possession in Maryland



Published research consistently shows that the more frequently a college student uses cannabis, the lower their GPA tends to be, effecting class attendance, retention and graduation.


Prevention Initiatives at Frostburg State

Frostburg State University is committed to maintaining a safe and inclusive living, learning, and working environment for all members of our University community to enjoy.  To ensure that our values of personal responsibility, diversity, and civility are promoted, the University provides a wide-array of prevention programs and trainings to our students and employees. 


Cannabis: What You Should Know

In light of Maryland’s HB 837 (Legalization of Cannabis)  and part of our comprehensive marijuana prevention program, Frostburg State University expects each new full-time, degree-seeking student, including full-time transfer students with 30 academic credits or fewer, regardless of their personal views or experiences with cannabis, to complete this 22 minute program offering information to help students make informed decisions about cannabis, how to know when someone’s use has become problematic, and how to help a friend who may have a problem with their cannabis use while highlighting important campus resources.  Invitations and reminders will be sent to student email accounts. VectorSolutions Training (Required)

Any interested faculty or staff member also have access to previewing the online cannabis module by following the steps listed below:

  • Visit student training on Cannabis
  • Click on the middle course titled "Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention"
  • From there click on the "CannabisEDU Module"
  • On the right-hand menu click the forward arrow to begin the course
  • You will the need to review and accept the Terms and Conditions to begin
  • Lastly, click the blinking start course icon in the header to review the course in its entirety


Common characteristics of students who choose NOT to use cannabis. (Maryland Collabrative Survey, Summer 2022).

  • Attend class on a regular basis
  • Have high expectations for academic success
  • Establish specific academic goals
  • Communicate effectively and consistently with faculty members
  • Serve campus/community through positive engagement and volunteerism
  • Part-time employed
  • Prosocial engagement with friends who are positive and don’t use cannabis
  • Affiliate with positive student organizations



Cannabis use can also impact your health in many ways. From short-term effects like impaired memory and concentration, to long-term risks such as addiction and lung damage, it's essential to understand the potential health consequences associated with cannabis use. It is crucial to educate yourself on the potential risks to make informed decisions about your health.

  • altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
  • altered sense of time
  • Sleep disruptions, impaired memory, and sleepiness
  • changes in mood
  • impaired body movement
  • difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
  • impaired memory
  • hallucinations, delusions, & psychosis (regular use of high potency marijuana when taken in high doses)
  • breathing problems
  • increased heart rate
  • severe nausea vomiting (long term use)
  • temporary hallucinations
  • temporary paranoia
  • worsening symptoms in patients with schizophrenia—a severe mental disorder with symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, and disorganized thinking

(National Institute on Drug AbuseAmerican Psychological Association, 2022)



As a faculty member, you play an important role. Students look to you for academic advising, mentoring and educating them to become productive and successful.

Unfortunately, cannabis misuse can interfere with your hard work and student learning. Having regular contact with students, positions you to become a potential life saver. Early intervention can achieve multiple goals that creates a “win-win” for faculty, students and the university.

Early Intervention Advantage

  • Prevents student drug use from becoming dependent
  • Improves the overall learning environment
  • Supports students that maybe expressing other mental health issues
  • Increase retention and graduation rates
  • Sends a positive and caring message to other classmates
  • Increases a student G.P.A. and class attendance
  • Supports the university strategic plan goal of student well-being


Faculty Contributions

  • Share your research expertise to help strengthen prevention, data, information, events, etc…
  • Consider joining task forces, coalitions or committees that address drug use/mis-use and/or health promotion/well-being - Frostburg Community Coalition
  • Know where to refer students (SAFE Office & CAPS)
  • Students typically over-estimate the amount of drug use on campus. The SAFE Office can provide faculty and staff members with current data (MD-CAS 2022) to help correct student misperceptions
  • Infuse social norms data into your academic curriculum (i.e., Speeches, debates, research, case study scenarios, alcohol metabolism, laws/legal issues, writings/readings)
  • Implementation of prevention efforts leads to a healthy campus culture and supports student success and well-being

Distress Signs

  • Missed classes/assignments
  • Failing
  • Mood swings, irritable, hyperactive
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Heightened anxiety
  • Falling asleep in class
  • Lack of energy/motivation
  • Disruptive/aggressive
  • Changes in hygiene
  • Impaired speech
  • Confused thoughts
  • Decreased motivation to pursue academic goals
  • Lack of focus
  • Blood shot eyes
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slow movement/walking
  • Loss of interest
  • Disregard for authority/policies



  • Talk to your student about cannabis prior to college
  • Avoid mixed messages regarding cannabis use
  • Establish goals and expectations and remind them of potential consequences
  • Say engaged with your student, even from a distance
  • Remind them of your disapproval of cannabis
  • Reward their positive choices
  • Take an interest in their friends, groups/activities
  • Parents are notified if your student encounters issues with cannabis

Check Out our additional Resources for FSU Parents


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Thanks for checking out our resource page. We consider you to be one of the most powerful partners in lowering risk factors and increasing protective factors with your students. Academic success, safety and well-being are the top priorities of our department. If you have any questions about our initiatives, check out our website or contact us. ( FSU SAFE website; Email the SAFE Office)





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