Marijuana remains an illegal substance in all states of the nation, and in some jurisdictions, even the possession of a small amount of marijuana is punishable by jail time. Additionally, having a drug conviction on your record can disclude you from eligibility for governmental student aid and other federal grant programs and may also bar you from entry into certain career fields.
We tend to minimize the risks of "mere marijuana" possession, but it is a controlled substance, it is illegal, and it could land you in jail.
Many schools will also enforce zero tolerance policies towards drug infractions, and mandatory suspensions and expulsions are quite common when students are found with drugs.
Smoking a single joint is very unlikely to harm anyone, but smoking a joint every day harms everyone, and when you are still a teen, still developing mentally and socially, the risks of marijuana can be great and grave.
Page last updated Nov 08, 2010