Names marked with an asterisk were withheld for privacy reasons.
Written by Grace Pickering and Mandie Montes
In the days since the rain poured over Southern California, the once dead grass on campus has become luscious, providing a haven for students to practice tai-chi, bask in the sun, or hang around the mirror pools – a spot where students regularly consume cannabis. Students are seen often huddled together in various groups scattered around the edges, standing around and smoking a bowl or two while waiting for their classes to begin.
“It’s a nice place to come where we’re not bothering anyone or having to smoke in a confined space,” said Michael “Texas” Almanza. “It’s just beautiful.”
Encircled by a mass of students alongside the mirror pools sits Breeanna Young, a hopeful Cal State LA transfer and future social worker. Young, who is a first year student, immediately felt comfortable smoking cannabis on campus when she began attending PCC. At first, she would sit in a corner by the mirror pools alone, smoking by herself, but after awhile, she became part of a group of students who also have a penchant for smoking on campus.
“To be honest with you, I [felt comfortable smoking] right when I got here,” said Young. “I feel like they should let us smoke on campus.”
However, rather than seeing a lone student smoking, there are many gathered around and engaging in all sorts of normal activities like attempting (and failing) to climb a