Figora Addresses New State Law and Cannabis


See Luke’s assessment of the impact of state legislation on Northwestern University’s cannabis policy.                    11/5/2019

Luke Figora

Illinois Law in Conflict With University Policy

In a recent article, Northwestern students, officials speak on legalization of cannabis, Luke Figora, URMIA past president and Northwestern’s chief risk and compliance officer, was quoted. Illinois passed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act in June of this year, which legalized Illinois residents ages 21 and over to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis. This law will go into effect in January 2020, but Northwestern’s existing policy will still prohibit students of any age from possessing cannabis on campus.

In Northwestern’s Annual Security Report, organized by Figora, drug law violations referred for disciplinary action went from 48 in 2016, to 1 in 2017 and 5 in 2018. Figora is quoted as saying, “I wouldn’t expect those numbers to decrease over the next year as policing strategy and the community changes.”

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