Some students question university police marijuana policy

Oct 29, 2012

The arrests of three Missouri football players accused of smoking marijuana on campus has some students questioning how the school handles what is a fairly routine university infraction.

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and two freshman teammates face misdemeanor charges of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana. They were suspended for one game but are now back with the Tigers.

A 2004 city law approved by voters in Columbia treats such cases as low-level, municipal court offenses similar to traffic citations. Violators are typically given a summons to appear in court but not arrested.

University police follow more stringent state procedures for marijuana arrests. The campus police chief said he considered a new policy after the recent arrests but now doesn't plan any changes.