The college admission services company releases yearly rankings on top universities around the country, both overall and for specific categories. After surveying over 135,000 college students nationwide, the Princeton Review ranked the University of Vermont as the school most accepting of cannabis users. The University of Colorado Boulder ranked fourth, while Colorado College ranked nineteenth.
The list, strangely titled "Reefer Madness" – a phrase used for fictitious anti-cannabis propaganda inspired by a 1938 movie of the same name — was based on a study of how widely students felt pot was used at their school. The East Coast dominated the roster, with Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Vermont combining for seven spots. Of the states that have legalized recreational cannabis (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Washington), only four had schools on the list.
Marijuana Enforcement Division, as well 24 infused-product manufacturing licenses for hash and edibles makers.
Absent from the list was both Northern Colorado University in Greeley and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. CSU was the first major university to penalize cannabis possession on campus the same way it did alcohol possession, but that was back in 2005. Since then, the town of Fort Collins has banned – and then re-allowed – dispensaries within city limits, and CSU announced a class program where students could learn about marijuana addiction treatment.
To Tolbert's point, the list's ranking methodology wasn't very expansive. Colorado State University Pueblo was also unrecognized, despite that school's partnership with the Institute of Cannabis Research for community research and an agreement with Pueblo County that allows cannabis tax revenue to fund scholarships for local students.
Colorado also made that Princeton Review's "Don't Inhale" list, which includes the twenty schools that were identified as least friendly to marijuana through the same study: The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs ranked as the fifth least-friendly university for cannabis consumption. To its credit, the academy was the lowest-ranking military academy on the list, and made news in January when it announced that it no longer had a zero tolerance policy against prior cannabis use for prospective recruits.