Help bring speakers to NORML@UCF!!

Hi buds!

NORML@UCF stands for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws at the University of Central Florida.

We are the largest collegiate chapter of NORML and have been up and running since 2001. Our goal at NORML@UCF is to create awareness about marijuana laws and their relation to constitutional rights on and around the UCF campus in order to help bring about the eventual legalization of the possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis.

In order to meet our goal, every year we host different events, and bring in speakers to talk about their legalization efforts and share their personal experiences with students on the UCF campus. Some of these speakers include:

Keith Stroup
Founder of NORML
http://norml.org/about/item/r-keith-stroup-jd

Rick Cusick
Associate Publisher of High Times magazine and HIGHTIMES.com

Elvy Musikka
Federal patient and recipient of monthly canisters of marijuana cigarettes
http://elvymusikka.com

Madeline Martinez
Sole proprietress of the World Famous Cannabis Cafe
http://norml.org/about/item/madeline-martinez?category_id=33

Paul Armentano
Deputy Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation

and many others!

In order to bring these wonderful speakers to Orlando to spread their knowledge and personal experiences, we must pay them each an honorarium, which ranges from $50 to as much as $1500. Because we are a registered student organization at UCF, we can recieve some funding from SGA, but the rest comes from membership dues, and donations from our members and followers! While this does help cover some costs, it’s not always enough. Please donate to our activist group so we can continue to bring these impassioned speakers to our meetings! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and even more if you decide to donate.

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Next meeting: Officer Elections

Hey buds! We’ve had a long semester, but this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in room 221 of the Student Union will be our last meeting! At last week’s meeting, we held nominations for officer positions for the 2015-2016 school year, and this week, we will be holding elections. Before we begin elections, we will still be accepting nominations for all officer positions.

The positions are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Public Relations
  • Director of Communications
  • Historian
  • Webmaster

We received no nominations for the treasurer and vice president, so we are especially looking for nominations for those positions.

To be nominated for an officer position, and to be eligible to vote in elections, you must be a paid member of NORML UCF. If you wish to purchase a membership, we will be collecting dues at the meeting (we take card, too).

  • Semester (Fall 2015): $25
  • Full Year (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016): $35

We encourage everyone to attend this last meeting, especially if you are a member so you can vote for our future officer board. See you tomorrow!


Next Meeting: Officer Nominations

It’s that time of the year already, buds! During tonight’s meeting (April 15) at 7 p.m. in room 218 of the Student Union, we will be discussing officer positions and holding nominations for our 2015-2016 officer board! This is very important because we need to be sure we have a full board of dedicated officers to keep NORML going strong in the upcoming school year. We will be describing the roles of each officer in detail, so if you have ever considered becoming an officer, you don’t want to miss this meeting!

The positions up for nominations are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Public Relations
  • Director of Communications
  • Historian
  • Webmaster

To be nominated for an officer position, and to be eligible to vote in next week’s elections, you must be a paid member of NORML UCF. If you wish to purchase a membership, we will be collecting dues at this week’s and next week’s meetings (we take card, too).

  • Semester (Fall 2015): $25
  • Full Year (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016): $35

Next Meeting: Round Table Discussion

Hello again buds! This week’s meeting will be Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in room 221 of the Student Union, and we will be having our round table discussion! This is one of our favorite meetings because we get the chance to really sit with all of our members and talk about what we did well this semester and what needs more work for next semester so that NORML UCF can be as successful as possible. Come ready to share your feelings with us, and we’ll see you soon! :)


NORML@UCF Presents: Cannabis and the Arts

Hey, buds! Tonight’s meeting will be at 7 p.m. in room 221 of the Student Union, and we will be switching it up with a presentation on cannabis and the arts. We will be looking at various artists who, over the years, have turned to cannabis for artistic inspiration, and some of the positive and negative effects of cannabis on the brain. Come to the meeting to learn more!

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NORML@UCF Presents: Keith Stroup

Hey, buds!  This Wednesday, we will be hosting our final guest speaker of the semester in room 221 of the Student Union at 7 p.m.  Keith Stroup, the founder of NORML himself, will be speaking to our chapter!  Keith is a public-interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970 and ran it through 1979.  In 1994, he rejoined the NORML board of directors, serving as executive director until 2004.  He is currently serving as Legal Counsel with NORML.  In 1992, he received the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform, presented by the Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, D.C., so he has extensive knowledge on drug policy and the marijuana movement.  This is definitely an important meeting that you don’t want to miss.  See you Wednesday!

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NORML@UCF Presents: Robert Platshorn

Hey, buds! Today, Wednesday, March 4, we’ll be hosting guest speaker Robert Platshorn at 7 p.m. in room 221 of the Student Union. Platshorn was arrested in the 1970s for leading a group that smuggled tons of marijuana into the U.S. through Miami. He served 30 years in prison, making him the longest imprisoned nonviolent marijuana offender. After being released, he began working with The Silver Tour, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating senior citizens on medical marijuana and its medicinal benefits. Come out tonight to meet him and hear about his journey!

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NORML@UCF Presents: Irvin Rosenfeld

Hello, NORMLites! Today, Wednesday, February 25, we will be hosting guest speaker Irvin Rosenfeld at 7 p.m. in room 221 of the Student Union. Irv is the longest surviving federal medical marijuana patient, meaning he receives a tin of pre-rolled joints from the government every month.  He has a bone disorder that causes tumors to grow at every point that his bones connect.  He wasn’t expected to live past 18 years old, but because of cannabis’ medicinal benefits, he will be celebrating his 62nd birthday tomorrow. Come out to our meeting tonight to meet him and learn about his journey!

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NORML@UCF Presents: “Bringing it Home” Documentary

Hey, NORMLites! Tomorrow, February 18, we will be showing “Bringing it Home: industrial hemp, healthy houses and a greener future for America” at 7 p.m. in room 221 of the Student Union.  This documentary follows a father’s search for the healthiest building materials, which led to the completion of the first hemp house. It covers the various ways in which hemp can be used as a healthier and safer alternative in the textile industry, food products, bio-plastics, and more. Also, you’ll be able to answer questions for some cool prizes at the end of the movie. See you soon!

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NORML@UCF Presents: Elvy Musikka

Hello, buds! Today, February 4, we will be hosting Elvy Musikka in room 221 of the Student Union at 7 p.m. Elvy is a federal medical marijuana patient who uses cannabis to medicate her glaucoma. She is one of three surviving patients in the U.S., and she is coming to speak to us about being a patient and an activist. Help us kick off Medical Marijuana Month by giving Elvy a big, warm welcome!

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