VCU sees decrease in alcohol violations, some students say marijuana is why

The number of people were caught committing alcohol violations at Virginia Commonwealth University in downtown Richmond, Virginia, is down from previous years, according to the school’s annual crime report released by its police department.

At VCU’s Monroe Park Campus — home to most of the school’s undergraduates, according to the university’s website — there was a 93% decrease in liquor law arrests and a 72% decrease in liquor law referrals from 2019 to 2021, the most recently available data shows.

The reason for the decrease is unclear although some students told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that they believe it could be because more students smoke marijuana.

Last year, Virginia legalized recreational marijuana for people at least 21 years old, who can legally possess an ounce.

Another reason for decrease in violations could be that students were taking classes remotely during the pandemic, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Hugh Garbrick

Hugh graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism college in 2020. While studying, he interned at the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a local paper in Seattle, and reported for the school’s Capital News Service. Hugh is a lifelong MoCo resident, and has listened to the local radio quite a bit.

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