UT students vote in favor of reducing marijuana penalties
Shocked, I tell you. Shocked. College kids want to smoke dope without being hasseled by the man.
University of Texas students want penalties for marijuana use or possession to be reduced to the same penalties for on-campus alcohol use or possession.
“By having stricter penalties, I think that many of us feel UT is just promoting alcohol use due to the fact that they are harsher punishments for marijuana,” said Judie Niskala, the UT Campus Coordinator for SAFER Texas, which stands for the Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation. She also leads Texas NORML, another group working to decriminalize the drug.
You’re a graduate student, right Judie? You should have at least learned by now that alcohol is legal; marijuana is not. Therefore, the penalites should not be the same.
Have you not taken a logic class yet? Seriously. UT penalizes students for inappropriate or illegal (by a minor, for instance) alcohol usage. I don’t know in what reality you can conclude that UT “promotes” alcohol use by penalizing it. However, by having stricter penalites for an illegal behavior regardless of your age or location of usage, UT is also attempting to discourage and curtail illegal drug use.
Maybe if you didn’t smoke so much dope that would be obvious.
The sad thing is, SAFER trys to mislead us into thinking that if there were more lenient marijuana usage rules on campus, students would drink less and opt for the “safer” choice of smoking more dope instead. SAFER wants more lenient dope use rules so that students are not “driven to drink”. Pathetically, they even try to tie in the death of UT freshman Phanta “Jack” Phoummarath, who died last december from alcohol poisoning — inferring that Jack might not have died that night if only the University had let him smoke dope instead.
Lets be honest here, kids: reducing marijuana rules and penalties on campus isn’t going to reduce drinking. What it will do is increase illegal drug use. And unless you’re a drug dealer who stands to gain from this increase in drug use, Judie, I don’t know how you can possibley think this is a good thing. You’re not a drug dealer, are you?
One of the responsibilites of a university is to prepare students for the “real” world beyond college. Well, kids…out here in the real world, there are very real laws and penalites for smoking and possessing dope. You should go ahead and get used to that now.
Now, put down your pipe, and go to class.
MORE: Funniest blogger report on this story from In the Pink Texas:
so the referendum is pretty much a symbolic statement.
Like a liberal arts degree.
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