Colleges Predict No Change On Campuses As Marijuana Becomes Legal In Mass.

closemoreBoston University professor of history Seth Blumenthal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR) Universities in Massachusetts are telling their students not to expect any changes as a result of the legalization of marijuana Thursday. 'Nothing's Going To Change' For Students On Campus Seth Blumenthal teaches a course at Boston University on marijuana called "marijuana in U.S. history." "And the students ask me: So what's going to happen? Is it going to be crazy?" Blumenthal said. "And I have to explain to them that there are still a lot of laws that they need to understand, and the first thing is that you have to be 21 years old, right? So I ask them: What's the law on alcohol? It all applies. Would you walk down the street with a beer? No." Blumenthal is concerned students will start growing marijuana in off-campus housing. "And so I worry about growing and those situations where you have overcrowding and just dangerous situations for fire," Blumenthal said. He's concerned students will build elaborate indoor setups that require huge amounts of electricity. But he pointed out that for the next two years, while growing marijuana will be legal, it will still be illegal to sell it. Blumenthal said there's really one message to students: "The story I should be telling the students is really nothing's going to change, and I think that that's important for them to understand on a lot of levels." And that's...

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