Hello, buds, and welcome back! We hope everyone had a great winter break, but we’re happy to begin holding our weekly meetings once again! As always, meetings will be Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., but in room 221 of the Student Union (directly across from last semester’s meeting room). The first meeting will be tomorrow, January 21st. We will be introducing the club and officer board, doing a recap of the events of last semester, and talking a little about what you should expect from this semester. See you there!
Hey, buds! Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in room 218C of the Student Union as we welcome back speaker Jodi James! She is the Executive Director of Florida Cannabis Action Network (FL CAN), and she is no stranger to NORML UCF as she has come to speak to us in past years, always sharing new information and educating our members and other people on campus. She has been involved in the marijuana movement for many years, and with this meeting on the day after Election Day, she will be speaking to us about what we should be doing in the future (whatever the voting results may be). Hope to see you all there! Stay NORML!
Tonight, Wednesday, October 15, Alice O’Leary-Randall will be speaking at our meeting in room 218C of the Student Union. Alice’s late husband, Robert Randall, was the first legal medical marijuana patient in the United States, so she is definitely familiar with our cause! Be sure to stop by at 7:00 p.m. to hear from the First Lady of medical marijuana!
Hey, buds! This Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. in room 218AB of the Student Union, we will be hosting Rick Cusick! Rick is the associate publisher of High Times magazine (and hightimes.com), and has also been on the NORML Board of Directors for many years. He will be sharing his experiences at High Times and more. This is most definitely a meeting you’ll want to attend, so bring a friend and come early so you can grab good seats!
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. in room 218C of the Student Union, NORML UCF will be hosting the first guest speaker of the year! Karen Goldstein is the Deputy Director of NORML of Florida, and has been involved with NORML since 2009. She has two children: one who is also involved in NORML of Florida, and another who is a legal medical marijuana patient in the state of California. Karen has also worked closely with People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM), an organization that supports the United For Care campaign. She will be sharing her experiences as a leader in the marijuana movement, so come out to meet her!
Hey, buds! Today (Wednesday, September 10th) at 7:00 p.m. in room 218C of the Student Union, we will be having a Know Your Rights workshop. We will be discussing topics such as Florida Law and how to handle police encounters. This will be a meeting with tons of information that has helped many people in the past, so you don’t want to miss out!
Also, if you are looking to become a member of NORML UCF, be sure to bring your cash for the membership fee. For $25 for the semester or $35 for the full academic year, you will earn discounts to special events (such as camping) and even receive an awesome NORML t-shirt! See Sade, our treasurer, after the meeting for your payments/more information.
To any buds with a love for nature, the UCF Arboretum has a few programs that you may be interested in. Every Monday through Friday up to December 1, there will be open volunteer shifts at the UCF Community Garden. Also, Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m., there is group exercise yoga at the Arboretum. If you have some extra time and wish to contribute to the UCF community or do yoga in the open air with your colleagues, check it out!
Hey, NORMLites! Hopefully everyone had a fun and safe summer, but I know you’ve all been waiting to see what NORML has in store this upcoming year! Meetings will once again be held on Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Student Union, but in room 218C. The first meeting will be next Wednesday, August 27th. We will be introducing the officers and other organizations we will be closely working with, and of course, talking about NORML itself and some of the plans we have for this year. Come out and meet your buds as we kick off the new school year!
On Wednesday, April 2, we will be hosting our final guest speaker of the semester, Mason Tvert. Mason is the communications director of the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization focused on reforming not only marijuana laws, but public opinion on the prohibition of cannabis. He is also the founder of Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), a non-profit organization created in response to alcohol overdoses on the CU and CSU campuses. He has been featured on national television networks such as CNN and Fox News, and contributed columns to publications such as High Times and the Denver Post. Also, he is co-writer of the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? Come to the Union at 7 to learn about why marijuana is the safer alternative to alcohol!
Tomorrow, March 26, Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of NORML and founding Executive Director of the NORML Foundation will be our guest speaker! Allen has written, lectured, and debated on many aspects of marijuana and its prohibition, including the ban on hemp cultivation, the D.A.R.E. program, and drug screening. He has been cited in numerous news publications (such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal) and appeared on multiple nationally televised news channels (such as ABC, CNN, C-Span, and CBS). Join us on the second floor of the Student Union at 7 to learn more about the marijuana movement!