NORML to Light Up UF with Activism

NORML to Light Up UF with Activism
Posted by CN Staff on January 21, 2003 at 12:41:46 PT
By Daniel Baer, Alligator Writer
Source: Independent Florida Alligator
Little by little, Room 282 in the Reitz Union filled to capacity Friday night. NORML’s membership grew by more than 100 members within a matter of minutes.The UF chapter of NORML held their first meeting of the semester to discuss a $12,000 Student Government budget proposal, upcoming speakers, presentations and recruitment.
Club co-founders Josh Manning and Matt Jones led the hourlong meeting. “We know that $12,000 is quite a bit to ask for,” Jones said. “But we’re planning to be one of the largest organizations on campus, and it takes money to do that.”He added that they are planning to bring more than eight speakers to UF this semester. There will be biweekly meetings with a speaker at almost every meeting and about four or five presentations throughout the semester.Jones said that a large part of the budget is going to be spent on speakers, and that the speakers NORML is looking to bring are the biggest names on this issue.“Even without student government funding, NORML is already planning on bringing Kris Krane, Jodi James, Mickey Norris and Chris Conrad,” said Manning. “If SG approves the budget, NORML will bring even a wider variety of influential speakers.”Kris Krane, national director for campus affiliates of NORML, plans to give a motivational presentation on campus about how to get involved in the community.Jodi James, executive director of Florida Cannabis Action Network, spoke at Friday’s meeting. James will give presentations later in the semester on protecting First and Fourth Amendment rights.Mickey Norris and Chris Conrad will give a presentation called “Cannabis Consumers” Jan. 31. The presentation’s goal is to change the public’s opinion of cannabis users.Another portion of the budget will go to sending the chapter’s eight most-active members to the NORML national conference in San Francisco this April.“This conference is going to be a great opportunity to build ourselves as an organization and bring a lot back to benefit the campus as a whole,” Manning said.The budget also included office supplies, printing brochures and anything involved in raising public awareness of this issue.“I’ll be happy with 100 people showing up to tonight’s meeting,” Manning said before the meeting.“It’s a Friday and, well, it wasn’t the greatest night to hold a meeting, but it’s the only time we were able to secure a room with.”Jodi James capped off the meeting with a 10-minute call to arms.“Do what you want to do, get on a mountain,” said James. “Make as much noise as you can and we will find you.”James said that the use of hemp is part of a sustainable future. She added that hemp can feed the hungry, clothe the naked and heal the sick.NORML will be holding a “baked” sale Tuesday through Thursday on the Reitz Union Colonnade. The next meeting takes place on Jan. 31. Source: Independent Florida Alligator, The (FL Edu)Author: Daniel Baer, Alligator Contributing WriterPublished: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 Copyright: 2003 Campus Communications, Inc.Contact: letters alligator.orgWebsite:  Related Articles & Web Sites:NORML Florida NORML Legalization Group Has First Meeting Group Advocates Marijuana Use
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on January 21, 2003 at 15:29:03 PT
People that cage their brother for using cannabis
are not NORML.Cannabis prohibitionists should be controlled like the plague.
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