(12News) Arizona veterans are pushing back against a university ban on medical marijuana, which was legalized by voters seven years ago.
A petition on change.org backed by a veterans group warns that the University of Arizona Police Department will “lock up” medical marijuana users.
“People truly don’t understand us. They don’t understand why we don’t want pills,” said Dan Schmink, an Army veteran of Iraq.
Arizona voters legalized medical marijuana in 2010. But two years later, the State Legislature banned medical marijuana on university campuses. Possession there is a felony.
Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Universities are concerned they could jeopardize federal funding by ignoring that law.
“I do know there are veterans that rely on cannabis every single day to get through their classes so they can get that degree,” Schmink said.