If you have ever set foot in Ann Arbor, you know why it’s called “tree city.” And we are not talking about the fall foliage — we are referring to weed.
Ever since Ann Arbor first decriminalized marijuana consumption in the 1970s, the city has been associated nationally with relatively open attitudes for the plant that persist to this day. The Michigan Daily has previously reported on current student attitudes regarding cannabis and found that the student body is generally receptive. Several medical marijuana dispensaries are located on the periphery of the University of Michigan campus, but do students really know the ins and outs on the implications of cannabis?
This is why Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Green Wolverine (affiliated with the Ross School of Business) seek to educate students on the nature of cannabis and all of its consequences for public health, policy and business. On Dec. 3, we are hosting the first annual Michigan Cannabis Leaders Summit in order to fulfill this goal.
While the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan is potentially imminent, our state is in need of deep reckoning. As students at the University of Michigan, we find that the time is right to get other students involved in the countless facets of the recreational marijuana industry.
The joint effort between members of the University’s chapter of SSDP and Green Wolverine is one of shared outlooks regarding how students can become acquainted with cannabis. This familiarity should not just be limited to getting high; there is an entire cannabis industry in its infancy which needs future lawyers, policymakers, doctors, researchers, business leaders and many other professionals to carry out the industry’s vitality and legitimacy.
However, we recognize that students may not have positive beliefs regarding cannabis or, for that matter, may not know much at all regarding its usage. These student concerns