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  NORML Stays on Grass as Part of Reformation Push
Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2005 at 10:00:09 PT
By Sarah Blegen 
Source: University Chronicle 

NORML Minnesota -- For three days, the SCSU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) hosted "Stay on the Grass." To start off the event, students gathered on the Atwood Mall to listen to live music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday.

Two performers on Monday were Leeza and Adam Hammer. On Tuesday the organization also sponsored events in the Miller Center. A Dope Film Festival took place from 2 to 10 p.m. Some of the films that were shown were Grass, Emperor of Hemp, and Busted.

Also on Tuesday evening, at 8 p.m., Minnesota Marijuana Activist Jason Samuels spoke to students and other community members about the drug war.

The day of events on Wednesday, however, gained the most attention and attendance. A live performance by Hydrophonics, featuring members of SCSU's world drumming group, took place on the Atwood Mall, gathering a large crowd of students. The group performed from 10:30 a.m. until well past their scheduled ending time of 1 p.m.

Wednesday was also under the theme of "A Day of Action" for NORML. From 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. students could write letters to senators and representatives regarding the interpretations of the Patriot Act. Other activities on the Mall included the Women's Equity Group selling food featuring a sign that stated, "Do you have the munchies?" The Japan Club also had representation on the Mall.

"It was the right day for something like this, sunny and no rain. There are a lot of people out, and the music is good," fourth-year student Chanmany Sysengchanh said.

Fourth-year students Alexis Swits, Kristine Gunther and Becky Larson were also among the large crowd of students gathered outside the Atwood Mall to enjoy the music.

"I have noticed a lot more people wearing tie-dye and hemp than usual today," stated Larson. "Students on campus must be celebrating the 4/20 holiday."

"It is nice to see NORML recognizing the significance of the day, and taking time to identify with students on campus," Swits said. "Hopefully the senators and representatives will be receiving lots of letters this year."

NORML also had a "Foundation Freedom Card" available for students.

"I received a card, and after reading it I think it is always a good idea for students to have the opportunity to know their rights, and know exactly what to do in certain situations," Gunther said.

Swits explained more about the symbolism of the date, "4/20 is traditionally a designated time when people smoke pot, some people say members of the government at the capital smoked pot at that time, or the number is relevant to carbon or police records. Nobody really knows for sure, somehow this is an urban myth that just turned into a holiday."

This event has brought out a positive attitude on the campus, people seem to be very spirited today," Gunther said.

"I agree with NORML, stay on the grass," Swits said.

Source: University Chronicle (MN Edu)
Author: Sarah Blegen
Published: Thursday, April 21, 2005
Copyright: 2005 SCSU
Contact: chronicle@universitychronicle.com
Website: http://www.universitychronicle.com/

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Comment #3 posted by goneposthole on April 21, 2005 at 13:42:01 PT
Prohibition I
Jan. 16, 1930 - "Decade of Prohibition Finds Problem Still Acute"

Jan. 17, 1930 - "Dry Leaders In Congress Welcome Vote On Repeal"

"Cause of Wets Said Hopeless"

Feb. 12, 1930 - "Graham Says Dry Law Unsatisfactory After Decade"

April 14, 1930 - Ghandi arrested by British; later on, both of his sons will be imprisoned.

Other headlines: "Tramp Steamer Caught on Lake Michigan with 4,000 Cases"

June 10, 1930 - "... Force Fails to Prevent Drinking"

"Education held best plan for promoting cause of temperance"

Another headline stated that there would be life in prison for possession of a pint of booze.

Prohibition I proves beyond a reasonable doubt that prohibition doesn't work.

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell

Evidently, it is better to lie than it is to tell the truth.

Seems as though that is all our 'leaders' can do anymore.

I suppose that is why we 'elect' them.



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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 21, 2005 at 11:21:20 PT
Link To SCSU NORML
http://www.scsunorml.org/index.html

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Comment #1 posted by ekim on April 21, 2005 at 10:09:49 PT
William and Mary, America's oldest college
Apr 21 05 College of William and Mary SSDP 07:00 PM Peter Christ Williamsburg Virginia USA The Students for Sensible Drug Policy fom the College of William and Mary, America's oldest college, welcome Board Member Peter Christ to discuss issues related to America's drug prohbition policy. Topics sure to be discussed will be the HEA Act and its impact on today's college students, laws regarding marijuana use, mandatory minimums and a host of other drug prohibition issues. Location: Millington Hall, Room 150, College of William and Mary.

Legalize drugs, former cop says By Kelly Crowley, Roundup staff reporter http://www.paysonroundup.com/section/frontpage_lead/story/18777 Friday, April 15, 2005

Howard Wooldridge is on a horseback crusade across the country, preaching about the failure of the war on drugs and the benefits of legalizing them. www.leap.cc/howard Kelly Crowley/Roundup

Howard Wooldridge, a former police officer, advocates legalizing drugs to reduce violent crime while creating a new tax base.

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