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NORML sprouts up at UNK
Erik Dodge
Antelope Staff
Photo by Erik Dodge
Students discuss their ideas for UNK NORML at the organizations first official meeting. The organization announces its meetings on the UNK NORML group page on Facebook.

UNK NORML members discussed holding civil protests, calling members of the Unicameral, showing movies, inviting speakers and holding debates during their first meeting on Nov. 23.

The group experienced its share of controversy when the Student Senate initially failed to accept the group’s constitution, but upon resubmission the constitution passed with only five abstentions and no votes against. This allowed the group to hold its first meeting on the Monday before Thanksgiving break at 7 p.m. in Ponderosa Room 238A. President Matt Cass, a political science major from Tekamah, invited the 15 in attendance to share their ideas about what UNK NORML should be and assured them that the, “majority of NORML isn’t gonna be boring like this.”

The group kicked around ideas about holding picket sign protests near the fountain in the center of campus, at City Hall, on the corner of 25th Street and 2nd Avenue, and even in front of the Unicameral in Lincoln. If the protest is not enough to get the attention of representatives in the Unicameral, UNK NORML members also discussed holding a meeting to write letters advocating for the decriminalization of marijuana and sending them to members of the Unicameral.
To address potential liability and the concerns of some Student Senators, Cass brought up the plan to create membership contracts. These contracts would say that UNK NORML does not condone illegal drug use. Members would also be required by the contract to pay $15 to become part of the national organization and to fund the local group. 

UNK NORML also announced the organization’s first campus event. Nov. 30 they showed the documentary “Grass” which explores the history of the American government’s official policy on marijuana in the 20th century.

Overall members of the still green UNK NORML were excited to be part of the new organization. “I’ve never found an organization worthwhile. Now I’ve got a month left of school, and I found an organization worthwhile to take part in,” said senior Zack Harbert, who is the head of UNK NORML public relations.

President Cass is optimistic about the organization’s future. “This organization will be unlike any organization on campus,” Cass said. He expects UNK NORML to be the biggest, least costly to join organization on campus and to “actually make a difference.”

For more information on Marijuana Law Reform visit NORML.


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