Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pot, an alternative to alcohol?

Believe it or not, this is not an April Fools' Day story.

In honor of National Alcohol Awareness Month, which starts today,
students at more than 80 colleges across the country are urging their
universities to allow them to use marijuana, rather than making them opt
for the legal party substance, alcohol.

Students plan to distribute fliers comparing the relative harms of
alcohol and pot, and carry signs and banners that read: "This is NOT a
joke... Let us make the SAFER choice!"

Georgetown University students plan to protest at the law school. At the
University of Maryland, students plan to hold a press conference in
front of the university president's office.

"It might be April Fools' Day, but this is not a joke," said U-Md.
student Zach Brown, president of the pro-pot group, NORML Terps, in a
statement. "It's time we stop driving students to drink and let them
make the rational, safer choice to use marijuana when they party."

The nationwide day of action was organized by Safer Alternative For
Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER)(, with the
help of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and campus chapters of
the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

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