Pro-Pot Rally Planned

Pro-Pot Rally Planned
Posted by CN Staff on March 31, 2005 at 07:47:01 PT
By Joseph Thomas, Colorado Daily Staff
Source: Colorado Daily
Colorado -- Marijuana proponents are making sure this year's April 20 marijuana celebration does not go up in smoke. A rally to protest the school's anti-marijuana stance is scheduled for Friday on Farrand Field.The event, titled "April Fools' Day 420 Fake-Out," will be held to raise awareness of the recent crackdown on marijuana on campus and point out the hypocrisies in the system, according to Mason Tvert, executive director of Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) - an organization that is lobbying to pass marijuana referendums on both the CU and CSU campuses.
"It is the belief of the students that the University is trying to pass the blame for its recent blunders onto the students. It's obvious to the students, the staff and the faculty that alcohol is the problem and not marijuana," said Tvert. Last week, University officials said there may be more enforcement at this year's marijuana celebration than in previous years.Organizers of the protest said marijuana is not the real issue for the University, alcohol is, and the university's resources should be used to discourage drinking, not smoking marijuana."For the school to come out and discourage (smoking marijuana) is very hypocritical because of the fact they consider alcohol a more acceptable form of recreation for students. So essentially they are encouraging students to use alcohol by making the penalties less severe than they are for marijuana," said Tvert.The school currently uses similar sanctioning for both marijuana and alcohol. After two alcohol or marijuana violations, a student faces a judicial review with a possibility of suspension from school.CU officials were not reachable Wednesday for comment on the Fake-Out protest.The protest will feature guest speakers, which may include faculty that will talk about marijuana usage on campus and what may be misconceptions about marijuana usage."Most of the University's arguments have been that this is an event which is a mass intoxication festival," said Tvert. "In fact, very few people come out and use marijuana on this day."Source: Colorado Daily (UC Edu, CO)Author: Joseph Thomas, Colorado Daily StaffPublished: March 31, 2005Copyright: 2005 Colorado DailyContact: letters coloradodaily.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Safer Choice Choice Referendum Aims for ASCSU Ballot Students Get Marijuana Referendum on Ballot Activists Promoting Pot Use Over Alcohol
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on March 31, 2005 at 12:44:56 PT
Years Ago...Heard a comedian say, 
"Marijuana doesn't lead to hard drugs. Running out of marijuana leads to hard drugs."There could be some truth in what he said.
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on March 31, 2005 at 12:12:26 PT
Not sure my comments came across correctly - I agree w/ what you're saying 100% - go back to OTC meth and legalize cannabis now. I think there are some studies that showed cracking down on cannabis in Hawaii directly caused an explosion in Meth use.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on March 31, 2005 at 11:57:22 PT
There will be no police at the event,
only SWATSTIKA in uniform.
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Comment #3 posted by runderwo on March 31, 2005 at 10:49:04 PT
What's interesting is that article brings out exactly the failures of prohibition in general, but meth seems to have all the extremes - an amateur manufacturing process that is so dangerous that aside from endangering children, it costs the state money both in eating medical bills from uninsured, lower class victims, and also paying their disability for the rest of their life. Is this approach really cheaper than legalizing and providing treatment for people who either voluntarily seek help or are putting their drug use ahead of providing for their dependents (family)?Replace this scenario with pre-drug-war over the counter amphetamines. No amateur can make the substance more efficiently than a pharmaceutical company. The government would set the price at the point which discourages habitual use as much as possible while still undermining the existence of a black market. Every problem mentioned in that article vanishes. The only problem that remains is users who cause themselves health problems through their use, or for whom the drug becomes their primary pursuit in life. Unfortunately, I think these are unsolvable problems of free will.FWIW, I completely agree that cannabis is far from a gateway drug, and actually serves as a substitute for harder drugs. This is supported by the figures that show without fail that whenever cannabis prohibition has been more strongly enforced, that usage of alcohol and other drugs goes up. You are "solving" the cannabis "problem", but you are not doing anything about the underlying issue that certain types of people seek intoxication. By strongly prohibiting the substance that is relatively harmless compared to the others, how could they possibly think that overall harm would decrease?
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on March 31, 2005 at 08:10:41 PT
Whoa, overdose of truth
Wow, there's some dangerous amounts of truth circulating here! What a great day it will be, with the little piggies foaming at the mouth over hand-rolled tobacco cigs.Look at this AP article from this morning, concerning the high number of people getting burned horribly in underground meth labs:'s a quote from the article that had my blood boiling this morning:''As bad as this may sound, as a burn doctor I almost wish another drug, one less volatile that doesn't regularly explode during the manufacturing process, would come down the pike to overtake the popularity of meth," said the center's director, Dr. Jeff Guy.Can you believe it? Has nothing changed since Galileo's day? We're still not allowed to think the truth, or speak it. CANNABIS is that "drug", and it's been coming down the pike for the last 3000 years!And, since I've already wandered somewhat off-topic, here is a fascinating article, which quotes many from the Navy, FBI, and other federal agencies all saying that Bush & Rumsfeld's little torture show in Cuba is actually endangering our security because it doesn't work.  Sadly, a direct analogy to their cannabis policy, ignoring reality and logic for the sake of hatred & anger:
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Comment #1 posted by potpal on March 31, 2005 at 07:59:42 PT
fake out
Be sure everyone is passing rolled non-sweet-leaf joints to fake out the leos. Pass 'em 'round in plain view. Maybe even a first puff of pot to fill the air then all tobacco. Send them on wild goose chases...
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