Earth Fest Raises Environmental Awareness

Earth Fest Raises Environmental Awareness
Posted by CN Staff on April 19, 2007 at 10:48:41 PT
By Amanda Wilson, Staff Writer
Source: Daily O'Collegian 
Oklahoma -- Earth Fest 2007 brought The Drug Policy Forum of Oklahoma to OSU Wednesday to rally support for a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana use in Oklahoma. “Cannabis is an ancient healing herb,” said Jeff Pickens, treasurer of the drug policy forum. “There is no peer-reviewed medical research that shows any justifiable effects against cannabis.”
Plenty of research indicates positive uses of cannabis in medicine, Pickens said. A similar bill that allows use of marijuana for medical purposes passed in the New Mexico Legislature in March, according to The Drug War Chronicle. The legislation awaits the governor’s signature.The Drug Policy Forum of Oklahoma is composed of “concerned citizens working to reduce the harm of war on drugs by supporting drug policies based on treatment and education, instead of criminalization,” Pickens said. The group has attended ECO OSU’s Earth Fest for the past four years. The group is having its second annual Global Marijuana March in Alva on May 4.Earth Fest also attracted representatives and supporters of The Carrie Dickerson Foundation, a group which focuses on promoting renewable energy.The Carrie Dickerson Foundation celebrated the induction of Carrie Dickerson’s collected works to the Edmon Low Library on Wednesday. In 1973, Carrie Dickerson fought the building of Public Service Company’s Black Fox nuclear power plant near Claremore, Marilyn McCulloch, secretary of the Carrie Dickerson Foundation, said.Dickerson single-handedly fought Black Fox through legal intervention over a period of nine years, and she won, McCulloch said.Dickerson wrote the book “Aunt Carrie’s War Against Black Fox Nuclear Power Plant” to raise awareness to the dangers of nuclear power.“If you see a nuclear power plant, you’ll see spent fuel rods just sitting in ponds outside the plant,” John McCulloch, Marilyn McCulloch’s husband and foundation supporter, said.Before her death in November, Dickerson wrote a book for children about wind power, “Harvesting the Wind: Fourteen Generations of Wind Power.” “We’re trying to get into all schools and libraries through donations,” Marilyn McCulloch said. “We want to make sure kids know about this option because it is such a good and safe option.”Wind energy can power almost the whole country, she said. Whatever energy isn’t used can be stored for later use. Though Dickerson died after finishing her book, the Dickerson Foundation will continue her work in promoting renewable, non-polluting sources, Marilyn McCulloch said. “She never stopped working,” Marilyn McCulloch said. “She was a hero.”ECO OSU sponsors Earth Week each year and gathers over 20 environmentally conscious organizations, artisans and businesses on Library Lawn. Sponsors visited campus to raise awareness of their causes, including, raising money for Virginia Tech victims or enlisting participants for environmental programs, such as graduate schools for environmental scientists. ECO OSU finishes off Earth Week with a showing of the film “Chernobyl Heart: the Dark Side of Nuclear Power” today in 106 NRC and a conference in Norman on Friday and Saturday about Oklahoma’s environmental ability to sustain during the next 100 years. Source: Daily O'Collegian (OK State U, OK Edu)Author: Amanda Wilson, Staff WriterPublished: April 19, 2007Copyright: 2007 Oklahoma State UniversityContact: letters ocolly.comWebsite: http://www.ocolly.comDPFOK -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 19, 2007 at 11:59:51 PT
That's right! Cannabis has so many uses it's time to change the law.
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Comment #3 posted by whig on April 19, 2007 at 11:57:43 PT
It also helps take CO2 out of the atmosphere.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 19, 2007 at 11:10:10 PT
Yes Cannabis is Green! It helps put oxygen in the air besides all it's other benefits.
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Comment #1 posted by Truth on April 19, 2007 at 11:06:06 PT
Cannabis is green
Go Green!Hemp for fuel!
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