Case in point: My first semester, in a psychology course, the guy who sat next to me finally started talking about something other than Lost when we got to the chapter about how drugs affect the brain. He kind of went on a rant and I just wish he would have got to the point where he talked about how drugs affect Lost. It was 2006 and that seemed like important information.
As an instructor at the school, I noticed that many of the most passionate, thorough research essays I received were the ones arguing in favor of reefer reform. At some colleges, students get worked up about fighting for victory against the rival football team. At ours, it was all about fighting the law.
(Spoiler: the law won)
It's hard to tell when people are joking or being serious when talking about drugs
I don't want to paint the wrong picture. This wasn't some open air drug market, like The Wire: College Edition (where everyone is McNulty). You could go days, even weeks, without seeing any sign of the stuff. But the moment you brought it up, it was taken seriously.