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Campus Cannabis: The Top 7 Stoniest Major Universities

Smoke-in at the University of Vermont
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The Princeton Review has expelled its annual collection of rankings and ratings of institutions of aloft training opposite the land, The Best 382 Colleges 2018 Edition, and buried low inside are tyro consult results that helped the Review establish which colleges and universities are the many (and least) marijuana-friendly.

In further to a innumerable of questions about academics, farrago and community, the consult asked 137,000 students “How widely is pot used at your school?”

Before getting to the list, a couple of caveats: First, the consult information is impressionistic—asking respondents how many other students they suspicion were tokers instead of asking for self-reporting, which would theoretically be some-more reliable. Second, the Review provides no tough numbers—just rankings—so it’s unfit to know if the University of Maine is way stonier than the University of Rhode Island or just a bit stonier.


That said, the ubiquitous outline of the pot-friendly major campus list is not much of a surprise. Those schools tend to be found in pot-friendly states, generally on the West Coast or in the Northeast. Four of the schools are in states that have already ratified marijuana, and two of them are partial of the University of California system.

Here, in arrange order, are the Princeton Review’s stoniest major universities:

1. University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Enrollment: 11,159

Vermont very scarcely ratified pot this year, only to see legislation tumble to a governor’s veto, and it’s on the short-list to be among the next states to free the weed. Students in Burlington aren’t waiting, though.

2. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Enrollment: 27,846

Absolutely not a surprise. This is a campus that has seen grievous mass smoke-ins—and that was before the state led the way with legalization in 2012. Here’s 4/20 the open after legalization:


3. University of Maine, Orono, ME

Enrollment: 9,323

Another legalization state.

4. University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Enrollment: 14,801

And another legalization state, and one that has one of the top rates of pot use among the ubiquitous population.

5. University of California Santa Cruz, CA

Enrollment: 16,962

They better be smoking pot at UC Santa Cruz! That and surfing. And philosophizing. 

6. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Enrollment: 31,710

Wisconsin isn’t a legalization state and it’s not likely to join the ranks soon, but you have to do something when you’re governed by the likes of Scott Walker. Oh, for the days of Miffland!

7. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Enrollment: 21,574

California dreamin’. UCSB always gets ranked high as a party campus, and the strand plcae is utterly gainful to befuddled musing. No shocker here. The campus wasn’t always so mellow though; we watched rioters bake down the Bank of America there in 1971. 


Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.

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