Recreational marijuana use may be legal in Illinois as of Jan. 1, 2020, but use and possession of cannabis products and paraphernalia on campus will still be prohibited.

According to an email sent to students by Kara Shustrin, associate dean of students and director of student conduct, because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, SIUE cannot allow it on campus without risking losing federal student aid.

When The Alestle reported on this topic earlier this year, SIUE Police Chief Kevin Schmoll said students would most likely be able to smoke in their personal vehicles, but according to the email, the new law prohibits smoking in a vehicle, whether it is running or not.

The ban extends to paraphernalia in personal vehicles as well, meaning community members are prohibited from bringing them onto campus at all, even if they are not going to be used at the university.

The ban applies to both smokable products and others, like edibles.

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