The Student News Site of Northern Michigan University

The North Wind

The North Wind

The North Wind

The North Wind Editorial Sessions
About us

The North Wind is an independent student publication serving the Northern Michigan University community. It is partially funded by the Student Activity Fee. The North Wind digital paper is published daily during the fall and winter semesters except on university holidays and during exam weeks. The North Wind Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the student body, faculty, administration and area media.

Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Dallas WiertellaApril 30, 2024

Marijuana Policy


NMU Policy

NMU’s policy on marijuana entails that no students shall possess, use, distribute, share, sell or manufacture illegal drugs, or other controlled substances except as permitted by law, according to the student handbook. Drugs confiscated by University officials will be destroyed and not returned to a student. Regarding controlled substances, federal and state laws regulate the manufacture, sale, distribution, use and disposal of these substances such as narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, anabolic steroids and chemicals used in production.
In order to promote the health and safety of students, NMU has adopted a Medical Amnesty Policy. Federal law prohibits the possession and/or use of marijuana on campus premises, regardless of the possession of a medical marijuana card through the State. For questions or concerns contact the Dean of Students Office.

Marquette City Policy

The city of Marquette opted out of recreational sales at the City Commission meeting on Feb. 25. Dispensaries will not be allowed in the city, Marquette Police Department Lt. Ryan Grim said. “It’s a state law, so that’s what we follow. Since it’s been made legal in Michigan of course we adhere to the state laws we have. There’s an amount you can possess legally in Michigan as long as you are over 21, and you cannot use in public,” Grim said, adding, “You gotta be on your own private property. You can’t be high and driving. Of course there’s laws similar to the drunk-driving laws but OUID which is operating under the influence of drugs you can be arrested for. So we try to promote the safety issues of it. Be responsible.”
Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act does not authorize operating, navigating, or being in physical control of any motor vehicle; transferring of marijuana or marijuana’s accessories to a person under the age of 21.It also does not authorize the possession and general use of marijuana by a person under the age of 21; consuming marijuana in a public place or possessing more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a person’s place of residence.

Story continues below advertisement

Michigan State Policy

Recreation consumption is legal for adults over 21-years-old. According to, the MRTMA delegates responsibility for marijuana licensing, regulation and enforcement to the Michigan Department of Regulatory Affairs (LARA). LARA’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) is responsible for the oversight of medical and adult-use (recreational) marijuana in Michigan.

More to Discover