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!
That’s right, buds– there will be spring camping for NORML UCF members! Check out the updated Camping Tips page for more info!
This Wednesday Bill Wohlsifer, Florida’s first libertarian candidate for attorney general, will be speaking at our meeting at 7pm in room 218AB of the Union. Bill openly supports the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida; he wrote the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act this year. He also supports ending the War On Drugs. Come learn about Bill’s plans for the upcoming years (in the event that he wins the election) so you can be confident and educated in your decision when it’s time to vote. Hope to see you there!
Hey, buds- hope you had a great spring break! We will be jumping back into the semester with a very special guest speaker this Wednesday: the founder of NORML himself, Keith Stroup! After launching NORML, he ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses. He will be giving loads of information on the recent developments in the cannabis movement, so you don’t want to miss out. See you in room 218AB of the Union at 7!
You can now purchase NORML UCF t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and even dog t-shirts online! When you buy our merchandise through our spreadshirt account, a portion of the proceeds go directly to our club. It’s a great way to raise money for our organization and show off your NORML swag!
The last meeting of Medical Marijuana Month featuring Irvin Rosenfeld is Wednesday, February 26th in the Student Union, Room 218AB.
In the fall of 1982, Irvin Rosenfeld and 5 other citizens of the United States began being inducted into the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program, or Compassionate IND Program for Medical Marijuana. Under this program administered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these people receive packages of marijuana from the federal government each month grown at the University of Mississippi. Rosenfeld, the first to be introduced to the program due to a rare form of bone cancer, receives 9 ounces in the form of marijuana cigarettes every 25 days.
Irv will most likely have copies of his book, My Medicine, for discounted price to students (which he will sign) along with t-shirts, so make sure you stick around a bit after the meeting. It will also be his birthday, so come out and celebrate with us!
Welcome back, everyone! We hope you had a great break and are ready for the spring semester! We have quite a bit planned for this semester already!
First, January is activism month for us NORMLites and we started off strong at our first meeting. NORML@UCF members wrote 41 letters to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, 18 letters to the United States Representative of Florida’s 9th congressional district, 13 letters to Florida House of Representatives member Joe Saunders, and 10 letters to other representatives during our “Write to your Representatives” workshop this Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Next week’s meeting Wed. 01/15/2014) will be a Medical Marijuana craft session where NORML@UCF Vice President Amanda Herlich will discuss the merchandise and yearly presentations that members create for display in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union on Monday, February 17th beginning at 10AM to help educate attendees of the function about the many beneficial aspects of medical marijuana.
The following week (Wed. 01/22/2014) NORML@UCF will be present at KoRT’s Club Showcase in the Pegasus Ballroom between 12PM and 2PM. That night at 7PM, join us for our general body meeting and “Know Your Rights” workshop.
The last week in January we will have a guest speaker, Jodi James of the Florida Cannabis Action Network (FL CAN).
Now, many of you know that February is Medical Marijuana Month, a very special month for NORML@UCF. Because of the United for Care petition this year we have never been closer to putting medical marijuana on the ballot, so we should take this time to educate our community about the many benefits of marijuana by highlighting doctors and patients, and by bringing the truth about marijuana into the spotlight! This year we have an amazing lineup of speakers that will be presenting during the month of February, including:
- Wednesday, February 5, 2014: Elvy Musikka
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Mitch Earleywine
- Wednesday, February 22, 2014: Jahan Marcu
- Wednesday, February 29, 2014: Irv Rosenfeld
Again, Med Bash is on Monday, February 17, 2014, in the SU Pegasus Ballroom beginning at 10AM!
Join your buds and keep the environment clean at our NORML@UCF pond cleanup this Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3PM at the ponds by the softball fields on campus.
Finally, enjoy this article, and remember that yes, we cannabis!
Paul is one of my personal favorite speakers, and he will be coming to grace our campus this Wednesday November 20th. He has served as a consultant for health Canada and the Canadian Public Health Association, spoken at numerous national conferences and legal seminars, and has even testified before state legislatures and federal agencies. He is also a frequent contributor to AlterNet, High Times, The Huffington Post, and the Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill. He’s also been cited in over 500 publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. He even has original writings featured in more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. This includes his own book, “Marijuana is Safer, so Why are we Pushing People to Drink?”
Paul is full of excellent knowledge on marijuana policy. This is one you won’t want to miss!
We will be in the Student Union second floor room 218AB.