Despite the fact that medicinal cannabis legal in 29 states and recreational pot is permitted in nine states and the District of Columbia, there is still discrimination amongst its legal users, especially amongst educational institutions. Even in weed-legal states, colleges can still find ways to banish the plant, and in turn, punish students who might occasionally indulge in the green.
However, it appears one university has taken their anti-marijuana stance to a whole new level.
Texas Wesleyan University, a private school in Forth Worth, remains in hot water after an e-mail, sent by their longtime baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat, went viral earlier in the week.
In the letter, the coach notified a potential recruit that the school would not be accepting any prospective students from Colorado, a state synonymous with the term “recreational marijuana.” The university confirmed the e-mail on Wednesday.
“Thanks for the interest in our program. Unfortunately, we are not recruiting players from the state of Colorado. In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test.
We have made a decision to not take a chance on Student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of Luck wherever you decide to play,” Jeffcoat wrote in the email, per the Houston Chronicle.
The e-mail was, unsurprisingly, met with an enormous amount of backlash. The university’s vice president for marketing and communications, John Veilleux, sent a statement to the Chronicle, acknowledging the coach’s wrongdoing.
“We’re definitely aware of the email sent out by our baseball coach and the