Cannabis is not a part of everyone’s life, but the recent spotlight in media and state-level legislation has increased awareness and curiosity surrounding it.

The Health and Wellness Education Office offers students opportunities to learn more about the possible impacts of cannabis use and how various delivery methods influence personal wellness. Meet with your preferred health and wellness educator.

Taking a Tolerance Break

For current users, a tolerance break (or T-Break) is a great way to rebalance your lifestyle. Our friends at UVM have developed a handy guide to support you through yours. Check it out.

Middlebury’s Policy

Use or possession of cannabis on the Middlebury College campus violates the College’s drug policy. Though this contrasts the recent legislation at the state level in Vermont, Middlebury is guided by federal law, in short, to maintain support from federal funding for various programs and student financial aid. Outside of Middlebury College property, using or possessing cannabis under the age of 21 violates Vermont state law. Students traveling to or near Canada are encouraged to consider that border enforcement personnel work under the guidance of federal law.


Students can sign up for any of the offerings below any time and also may be sanctioned to attend by a conduct officer. To request a different program for yourself, your hall, organization, or team, please contact Liam Lawlor.

  • Cannabis Ed

    Cannabis Ed is a one-session, 90 minute, educational group facilitated by a provider from Health and Wellness Education. The goal is to create an open, non-judgmental space to discuss safe cannabis use practices and strategies to reduce harmful cannabis use. The health educator will guide students in conversation about personal use and community norms related to cannabis. Sign up at go/cannabis-ed.
  • CASICS (Cannabis Screening and Brief Intervention for College Students) CASICS consists of two, individual, 60 minute sessions with a CASICS provider from Health and Wellness Education. CASICS explores patterns of a student’s cannabis use, provides education about safe cannabis use and discusses strategies for risk reduction if a student chooses to engage in cannabis use. CASICS providers aim to provide an open, non-judgmental environment which fosters increased personal awareness of cannabis and other substance use. The sessions are scheduled one to two weeks apart. Sign up at go/CASICS.
  • My Story (A Brief AOD Intervention)                                                                     My Story consists of up to four, individual, 60-minute sessions with a provider from Health and Wellness Education to explore your personal relationship with substance use, get individualized feedback, and learn about support services. This program is appropriate for discussion about all substances including the use of alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, psychedelics, opioids, and more. Sign up at go/mystory.

Be an Ally

  • Support friends that choose not to use drugs in social settings. Whether you have friends that are in-season athletes, in recovery, taking a tolerance break, or just choosing not to drink for the night, be a good friend and back them up if you see them facing social pressure.
  • Everyone loves a good host. If providing a gathering space, make sure food and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Make them fun too! The internet is full of great ideas. Pro tip: it’s good to understand the College’s alcohol policies before agreeing to host a party.
  • Look out for other party-goers. Decision making becomes impaired while using substances. Step up if you see someone in a vulnerable situation!

Before Using Cannabis

  • Do your homework first. To ensure your best work, it is important to finish it while sober. Plus, this will make it one less thing to think about while you are trying to enjoy time with friends or relax. 
  • Think about the why. Constantly reflect on what you want out of a relationship with cannabis, and try to recognize when there are other ways to get that effect that don’t include use. 
  • Know the laws. It is important to keep current with state and federal laws. At this time, cannabis is prohibited on campus, regardless of age.

While Using Cannabis

  • Start low & go slow. Pick a low THC mode of use, especially if it is a first time experience.
  • Do not drive (while high or for at least 6 hours after). Cannabis use can impair cognitive and motor function, making it dangerous to drive or operate machinery while under the influence.

After Using Cannabis

  • Continuously reflect on your use. Take some time to reflect on why you use cannabis, how it makes you feel, and any impacts you may notice within different areas of your life (physical, social, academic, etc.)
  • Take a tolerance break. Taking a break now does not have to decide what you do forever, but it can provide a moment to do more reflection and see the whole picture of the role a substance like cannabis may play in your life. You can do a guided t-break using resources in our office.  

Harm Reduction

Before engaging in substance use of any kind, consider the following:

  • Medical conditions that carry elevated risk
  • Medications that may cause dangerous interactions
  • The safety of the environment (e.g. calm, familiar setting)
  • Communication with trusted friends and/or family members
  • Emergency plans in the event of an incident

Resources & Support

Note: this list is not a full list of resources available.

In Case of Emergency

Call 911 for any medical, fire, police, or life-threatening emergency. 

For other emergencies call Public Safety at 801-443-5911.