For VSC students, the start of the spring semester was accompanied by a letter from chancellor Jeb Spaulding. In that letter, Spaulding explained that, despite Vermont’s landmark legislation legalizing recreational possession and use of up to one ounce of marijuana, the VSCS would not be changing its policy regarding marijuana on campus.
While the policy remaining the same didn’t come as a surprise to many, the necessity of Spaulding’s letter is representative of a larger issue that lies at the heart of marijuana reform: youth access and the plant’s pervasiveness in schools.
Each state that has legalized recreational marijuana has taken a slightly different approach to education and youth prevention including community education grants, online resource centers and public health hotlines. Perhaps the most widespread is the Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals program (DITEP).
The program first came about in the 90s as an offshoot of the Drug Recognition Expert program and was brought to Vermont in 2006 by police sergeants James Roy and Todd Ambroz.
“The overall objective of the program is to provide skills in an effort