Students on the Iowa State campus said Thursday that this is no joke --
they want the university to ease penalties on marijuana use.
handful of students, affiliated with the group SAFER, rallied outside
Parks Library Thursday afternoon promoting marijuana as a safer drug
than alcohol. SAFER stands for Safer Alternative for Enjoyable
Holding signs that stated "Stop Driving Us To Drink,"
students said campaigns to get students to drink responsibly are not
working. They point to the violence and negative side effects associated
with alcohol on a college campus, such as binge drinking, sexual
assaults and alcohol poisoning.
Aaron Schoeneman, a freshman at
Iowa State who helped organize the rally, said that makes marijuana a
"That's just not something that would happen
with marijuana. And it's just, alcohol is such an unsafe drug, that we
really should have a safer and rational choice," said Schoeneman.
recognize that marijuana is an illegal drug, but hope their message
will help change that, if not ease some of the penalties for students if
caught with marijuana on campus.
The students said they plan to
deliver a copy of the "Emerald Initiative" and a copy of the book
"Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People To Drink?" to ISU
President Gregory Geoffroy's office today.
The rally is one of 80
similar rallies held on college campuses across the country.