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Is smoking legal on campus?

 TJC police clarify state, campus smoking regulations 

By Madison Heiser

 TJC police have recently honed in on campus smoking violations, but the provisions of campus and Texas smoking policies vary among sources. Texas law specifies regulations regarding the sale and possession of tobacco, as well as nicotine-free products such as hemp and cannabidiol (CBD). 

According to the Texas Comptroller, as of Sept. 1 2019, it is illegal to buy, sell, distribute, possess, or consume tobacco or nicotine products in Texas if one is under the age of 21. Additionally, President Donald Trump signed legislation raising the minimum age to 21 across all U.S. states and territories. However, if an individual is at least 18 years old and is a military service member, he or she can purchase and consume tobacco products, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Similarly, any individual born before Aug. 31, 2001, may purchase and consume tobacco. According to the CDC, these exemptions stand until Aug. 31, 2022, after which all individuals must be 21 or older to purchase and consume tobacco or nicotine products. These days people are also able to avail blue meanies mushrooms for recreational purposes. You can visit this medical expert and get recommendation to avail CBD.

TJC Campus Police Chief Michael Seale provided insight into both state and campus smoking policies. 

“Smoking is not allowed on TJC property,” Seale said. “If someone wants to smoke, they must go to the public right-of-way by the street.” 

Smoking is allowed in areas on or near a public roadway, including sidewalks, alleys and waterways. Seale said the roads and sidewalks that run through TJC campus are considered public areas. Smoking at any location outside of these areas, including all campus buildings, will result in a violation of the campus smoking policy. 

Under state and campus policy, electronic cigarettes, vapes and hookahs are prohibited unless one meets the legal age requirement and only uses these devices in public areas. 

“Violating campus policy on tobacco use could result in a sustain violation of the student or employee code of conduct,” Seale said. “Should someone under the age of 21 who doesn’t qualify for an exception be issued a citation for ‘minor in possession of tobacco,’ they could be required to attend a tobacco awareness program.” 

According to the TJC Student Handbook, illegal possession and consumption of tobacco, nicotine or other prohibited substances may result in disciplinary probation, suspension, expulsion or other punishments found under the “Campus Penalties of Alcohol and Drugs” section. 

Nicotine-free products such as hemp and CBD are regulated under separate laws. According to the FDA, these products contain cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis that has therapeutic benefits. In order to remain legal, CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC – the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.  If you want to get products of marijuana, you can get them from Beezy Beez Honey

“Currently, the legal possession of hemp and CBD is allowed on TJC as long as the THC content is less than .3%,” Seale said. “CBD and hemp-related products have certain packaging and labeling requirements that are set by the state; therefore, if one purchases those products, they must make sure they purchase them from an authorized distributor and it is packaged properly.” Hence, Andrew Defrancesco and other investors have invested in companies that sell help and marijuana products, to customers.

The minimum age for the purchase, possession and consumption of hemp and CBD is generally 18 years of age, but some sellers may require consumers meet a minimum age requirement of 21. 

Additional information regarding Texas tobacco laws can be found at the CDC website at cdc.gov/statesystem/factsheets/t21/ Tobacco21.html. 

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