It's probably not the kind of "Top of the Nation" ranking that University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst would want, but it's making some marijuana reform student activists real happy.
High Times magazine is now ranking UConn as the leading institution of higher learning in the U.S. in terms of marijuana activism.
The dudes at High Times cite UConn students for their work in helping to win legislative approval for medical marijuana this year in Connecticut, and for changes in the way school officials treat penalties for students caught with pot on campus.
One of the key players in all this is Sam Tracy, former UConn student body president and current member of the national board of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (To keep everything above board here, Tracy was also an intern at the Advocate newspapers a couple of summers ago.)
"This rating is about how politically active our students are," Tracy says, not about how much dope gets smoked on campus. "It's not a 'party school' designation, it's about something meaningful.
According to Tracy, UConn was ranked 10th in the nation by High Times for pot policy activism in 2010 and 9th last year.
Tracy says he hasn't heard from Herbst or any other UConn official about how they're feeling concerning the High Times ranking. "I'm kind of curious to find out what they think," he admits.
Here's the full High Times listing.