AkronNewsNow.com: KSU Students Rally For Marijuana
Written by Aaron Coleman
Thursday, 08 April 2010
Kent State University joined 80 colleges and universities in hopes of
promoting marijauna use as a safer alternative to alcohol as part of
their "day of action" Thursday.
SAFER(Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation) Executive Director Mason Tvert
says that students around the country are taking initiatives to change
penalties for pot.
"Students around the country are taking
action now, just as they did last week in an effort to educate people
about marijuana being safer than alcohol."
KSU students argue that laws and policies on marijuana and around
college campuses are stiffer than those for alcohol, which they fell is
a more dangerous drug.
Dave Goldshtien of the KSU chapter of
the Students for Sensible Drug Policy says that even though he and his
group were small in numbers, their message was heard.
"There were about 15 people there, with the rain, not many people stuck around," he said.
"All in all, it went well and we got our message across."
says that objective studies on recreational marijuana use concluded
that that it (marijuana) does not contribute to problems at campuses
such as deaths, assaults, and rapes.
He said a that there is a
stigma attached to smoking pot., and with his research he feels that
his group and others can persuade Kent President Lester Lefton to
lighten the penalties for students who use marijuana.
Director for the pro-marijuana group SAFER Mason Tvert says that he was
proud of the efforts of Kent State to start public debate on this hot
"We certainly hope that the students of Kent State
will continue to pursue this and working with students all over the
country to try and promote more safer and effective alcohol and
marijuana policies on college campuses."