Dordt faces new threat from legalization of essential oils

Limberbutt McCubbins

In an election cycle featuring two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in recent history, many were thankful for the merciful ending given on Nov. 8. While Gary Johnson and Jill Stein provided abstract hope to a voting population fixated on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, another important voting measure lurked beneath the surface. Unbeknownst to many Iowa voters, the controversial substance known as Essential Oils was on the ballot to be legalized starting in 2017.

Essential Oils is a substance often used in diffusors to alter a person’s mental and/or physical state. Examples of this substance’s effects include relieved stress and tension, drowsiness, and even altered physical appearance. Once these oils are placed into a diffusor, they are vaporized and can impact anyone in the enclosed area.

Unfortunately, any news about this law went unnoticed thanks to the media directing attention towards the presidential race; resulting in the vote passing with little resistance.

What are the implications for Dordt College? Since the college resides in Iowa, the campus students can now openly trade, sell and use essential oils freely – news that is music to the ears of some Dordt residents. For several years, students had been dealing behind closed doors and out in dark parking lots like Siberia. Among the students who rejoiced upon hearing the news was Henry Muers, a well-known dealer in Southview.

“This definitely changes things for my business,” Muers exclaimed, “I’ve been having to smuggle [Essential Oils] across the Canadian border for over two years.”

Muers and others are optimistic that an open market will encourage safer use along with a sense of open mindedness.

Despite the positive feelings arising from the student population, Dordt faculty and staff are weary of the implications of the new law. Derek Buteyn of Residence Life at Dordt College stated, “This isn’t a joking matter, and we don’t want a substance as dangerous as Essential Oils in the hands of our student body.”

Several other members of Dordt’s hierarchy resonate with these comments, including Robert Taylor III, Dean of Students. “Dordt will take the necessary actions to prevent any real trouble on campus in the next few months. In the meantime, the college is planning on going to court to seek exemption and remain an Essential Oils free campus,” said Taylor. The current plan to seeking exemption is based on the claim that the new law inhibits the religious practices of the institution. “We are aware of the fact that students often attempt to replace the Holy Spirit with the supposed healing qualities of the oils,” explained Taylor, “These oils offer the false promise that a person can bring about calm and peace in their own life; something only God and the Holy Spirit can accomplish.”

Dordt is planning on pulling their top lawyers from the case seeking exemption from Obamacare and the abortion drug to fight the new law.

The total impact of this new law has yet to be seen, but be sure to expect changes to come soon to Dordt and the rest of Iowa. To get more information about Essential Oils and how they can affect your life, go to

This article was taken from the Zircon issue of The Dordt Diamond


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