Top 20 Cannabis colleges (U of M is on the list!)

The HIGH TIMES guide to higher education.

Thu, Aug 18, 2005 2:05 pm

No doubt about it: College and cannabis go well together, particularly if you’re seeking true mind expansion, as opposed to a few semesters of mental demolition derby followed by the inevitable flunking out (hey—it happens). Regardless, marijuana has been associated with a highly intellectual, bohemian undergrad lifestyle since Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac smoked out New York’s Columbia University back in the ’40s, although nowadays it seems you’re just as likely to find a joint dangling from the lips of a jock, nerd, Greek, geek, teacher or dean as from the lips of a freaky beatnik.

But while marijuana use has undoubtedly become more mainstream over the years, and you’d be hard-pressed these days to find a campus anywhere that doesn’t have its share of heads, some schools are certainly more suitable for stoners than others. So, with that in mind, HIGH TIMES proudly presents our annual list of the Top 10 cannabis colleges in America. Please bear in mind that this is a highly subjective ranking. Also, you probably shouldn’t decide where to spend four years of your life based on a Top 10 list in a magazine.

Particularly this magazine.

1) University of Colorado – Boulder, CO
Founded: 1876
Enrollment: 25,607
Out-of-state tuition: $21,453
Web site:
A recent study commissioned by the US Department of Health and Human Services ranked Boulder as the second-most-pot-smokingest city in America (behind Boston). It’s no coincidence that this offbeat locale was where Mork set down his spaceship in Mork and Mindy—but if the local freaks ever get to be too much for you, solitude can be found in the Rocky Mountain National Forest, which practically borders the campus.

2) University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
Founded: 1848
Enrollment: 28,217
Out-of-state tuition: $19,866
Web site:
The original home of The Onion (America’s finest news source), UW boasts a history of antiestablishment ideals and lenient local laws when it comes to marijuana. Also, hate to Badger you, but it’s a damn good school.

3) University of Florida – Gainesville, FL
Founded: 1905
Enrollment: 33,129
Out-of-state tuition: $15,827
Web site:
Nothing wrong with a little fun in the sun—and it’s all the better with a handful of the local Gainesville green to go along with all those blue skies. No wonder UF boasts one of the most active NORML chapters in the country.

4) University of Oregon – Eugene, OR
Founded: 1876
Enrollment: 16,024
Out-of-state tuition: $16,914
Web site:
Situated in the city known as the capital of American anarchism, UO boasts easy access to both the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean—so you can tear down the system one minute, and then run off and get high with Mother Nature the next. What could be better?

5) Hampshire College – South Amherst, MA
Founded: 1970
Enrollment: 1,344
Out-of-state tuition: $33,099
Web site:
Recently made famous as the home away from home of �ber-stoners Jarrett (Jimmy Fallon) and Gobi (Horatio Sanz) on Saturday Night Live, Hampshire has a well-deserved reputation for encouraging experimentation of all kinds. Also, we hear that on Halloween everyone trips out!

6) University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Founded: 1817
Enrollment: 24,677
Out-of-state tuition: $26,028
Web site:
Home of the infamous annual Hash Bash, and once the launch pad for such radicals as John Sinclair, the MC5 and the Students for a Democratic Society, UM represents with some of the best grass the Midwest marijuana scene has to offer—just plan to spend some cold, smoky evenings sitting at home in the winter.

7) New College of Florida – Sarasota, FL
Founded: 1960
Enrollment: ~700
Out-of-state tuition: $19,475
Web site:
By far the smallest school to make our list, New College allows students to create their own classes. Make up your own course in psychedelia and follow in the footsteps of famous alum Rick Doblin, who went on to found the highly respected Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. The campus, designed by acclaimed architect I.M. Pei and covered in towering palms and lush banyan trees, enjoys beautiful tropical sunsets nightly.

8) Humboldt State University – Arcata, CA
Founded: 1913
Enrollment: 6,368
Out-of-state tuition: $13,036
Web site:
Dude, it’s in fucking Humboldt.

9) Wesleyan University – Middletown, CT
Founded: 1831
Enrollment: 2,755
Out-of-state tuition: $33,190
Web site:
The school was the inspiration for the movie PCU, and, true to form, the average Wesleyan student finds himself (forgive me: him/herself) politically just to the left of Michael Moore. Then again, is that really such a bad thing?

10) University of Vermont – Burlington, VT
Founded: 1791
Enrollment: 8,156
Out-of-state tuition: $24,934
Web site:
The birthplace of Phish can be found high upon a hill overlooking Lake Champlain, in a valley in the shadow of the aptly named Green Mountains. Meanwhile, on campus, UVM represents the best that New England collegiate life has to offer—including a top-notch liberal-arts program and some fantastic local produce come harvest time.


One Response to “Top 20 Cannabis colleges (U of M is on the list!)”

  1. jsknow Says:

    Pot prohibition is a great example of oppression and tyranny being alive and well in the USA. It’s time to remove all the politicians that promote prohibition. How many more lives have to be needlessly devastated or lost? Prohibited drugs are way easier for kids to get than regulated drugs! Prohibition never works it just causes crime and violence. The year alcohol prohibition was repealed violent crime fell by 65 percent.

    On March 22, 1972: The Richard Nixon-appointed, 13-member National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, concluding, “[Marijuana’s] relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it.”

    The USA spends $69 billion a year on the drug war, builds 900 new prison beds and hires 150 more correction officers every two weeks, arrests someone on a drug charge every 17 seconds, jails more people than any nation and has killed over 100,000 citizens in the drug war. The World Health Organization documents the failure of U.S. drug policies.

    In 1914 when there were no prohibited drugs 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs, today 1.3% of our population is still addicted to drugs but there’s way more crime and violence because of the huge profits prohibition generates. Guns have absolutely nothing to do with using drugs, they have to do with drug prohibition. Al Capone didn’t kill people because he was drunk, he killed people because they got between him and his illegal drug money.

    Drugs today are more potent, more readily available and often less expensive than they were in the early 70’s when Richard Nixon started the war on drugs. Every time you look at the news you see more and more drug busts involving bigger and bigger quantities of drugs, not less and less. It’s time to change the drug laws!

    There’s only been one drug success story in US history, tobacco, by far the most deadly and one of the most addictive drugs. Almost half the users quit because of regulation, accurate information and medical treatment. No one went to jail and no one got killed.

    Not one person in history has ever died from marijuana. Many have died from its PROHIBITION.

    1997 annual American deaths caused by drugs:
    TOBACCO …………………… 400,000
    ALCOHOL …………………… 100,000
    ALL LEGAL DRUGS ………. 20,000
    ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS ……. 15,000
    CAFFEINE ………………………. 2,000
    ASPIRIN ……………………………. 500
    MARIJUANA …………………………. 0
    Source: United States Government,
    National Institute On Drug Abuse,
    Bureau Of Mortality Statistics.
    Marijuana And Hemp The Untold Story

    The right; to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and many others have been denied to millions of Americans in the name of the drug war.

    If you are called for jury duty and you don’t agree with the law the person is charged with, you have the right to vote not guilty, no matter what evidence is produced. Jurors implementing this right in all non-violent drug cases will shut down the ridiculous laws of prohibition. One juror in each case is all it takes. The bottom line is a juror has the right to judge not only the accused person but also the LAW the person is accused of breaking. Don’t be intimidated stick to your position Vote Not Guilty in all non-violent drug cases.

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