Drug Policy


While in the Colorado Northwestern Community College residence halls, residence hall students and their guests will not:

Sell, use or possess illegal drugs (including possession by consumption)

In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, it is the policy of Colorado Northwestern Community College to provide an educational environment that is free of alcohol and drug abuse. The unlawful manufacture, possession, distribution and/or use of controlled substances, drugs, intoxicants, or stimulants is prohibited in/on College owned or controlled property. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary sanctions up to an including expulsion. Violations may also be referred to the proper authority for prosecution. The College reserves the right to enter student rooms in order to assist local authorities to enforce civil statutes. Detection of drug paraphernalia, marijuana odor, or a reasonable suspicion of drug use will subject a student to disciplinary action.

Health Issues Associated with Drug Use

Drug abuse refers to the use of natural and/or synthetic chemical substances for non-medical reasons. Drug abuse can affect a person's physical and emotional health and social life. Following are some commonly abused drugs with possible health effects.

Stimulants:These include amphetamines and cocaine that stimulate the central and peripheral nervous system and the cardio-vascular system, resulting in decreased fatigue, interference with sleep patterns and decreased appetite. Health risks include drug-induced psychiatric disturbances, strokes, and destruction of nasal tissue, bronchitis, skin ulcers, increased heart rate, and increased heart rate to cardiac fibrillation, heart attack and death.

Depressants:These include barbiturates, tranquilizers and metaqualone ("soapers"). Possible effects include disorientation and loss of coordination. An overdose can cause coma or death. Depressants taken in combination with alcohol are especially dangerous.

Hallucinogens:These include lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, aka "acid"). Health risks include drug-induced hallucinations and other psychiatric disturbances. Birth defects in user's children could also result. Overdose can result in psychosis episodes and even death.

Cannabis:These include marijuana and hashish. Chronic use can result in respiratory difficulties, bronchitis, impairment of heart contraction, impairment of fertility, increased rate of chromosomes breakage and acute memory impairment. Episodic use can result in panic reactions. As with alcohol, impaired perceptions and motor functions, and inability to carry out multi-step tasks, contribute to motor vehicle crashes and other trauma.

Narcotics:These include heroin, morphine, codeine and opium. Risks include infection, malnutrition, hepatitis and respiratory depression. Overdose can result in coma and possible death.

Inhalants:These include aerosol products, lighter fluid and paint thinner. Associated health risks include paralysis; damage to lungs, brain, liver and bone marrow; hallucinations; convulsions; coma; and death.

Federal Sanctions for Drugs Under Federal law, the manufacture, sale, or distribution of all Schedule I and II illicit drugs (e.g., cocaine, meth-amphetamines, heroin, PCP, LSD, Fentanyl, and all mixtures containing such substances) is a felony.

  1. For first offenses, maximum penalties range from five years to life (20 years to life if death or serious injury is involved) and fines up to $4 million for offenses by individuals ($20 million for other than individuals).
  2. Penalties vary depending upon the quantity of drugs involved.
  3. Federal law also prohibits trafficking of marijuana, hashish and mixtures containing such substances.
  4. For illegal trafficking medically useful drugs (e.g., prescription and over-the-counter drugs), maximum prison sentences for first offenses range up to five years, and up to 10 years for second offenses.
  5. Federal law also prohibits illegal possession of controlled substances, with prison sentences up to one year and fines up to $100,000 for first offenses, imprisonment up to two years and fines up to $250,000 for second offenses.
  6. Special sentencing provisions apply for possession of crack cocaine, including imprisonment of five to 20 years and fines up to $250,000 for first offenses, depending upon the quantity of crack possessed.

Medicinal Marijuana Colorado Northwestern Community College policy does not allow students to use, possess, transport or sell marijuana or paraphernalia in or on its facilities or property. Students who have prescribed medical marijuana must submit physician verification, a copy of their medical marijuana license and sign an agreement with the Department of Residence Life before bringing their prescription on campus. The College only recognizes and allows medical marijuana to be in pill form. Medical marijuana in other forms are not recognized and will be subject to the above mentioned drug policy.