I just read a great article about some hardworking students at Texas A and M who are fighting for marijuana reform in their area. The Aggie Cannabis Reform and Education Society (ACRES) serves as the official NORML chapter for Texas A and M University. Below are some excerpts from an article that first appeared on The Battalion Online:
“We want to educate people about the facts of marijuana,” said Mostafa Selim, ACRES president and junior university studies major. “We know there’s a large cannabis-friendly community at Texas A and M, so we want to organize everyone into a serious formal movement.”
“The system is spinning out of control. There were over 80,000 arrests last year, we can’t keep justifying all of these incarcerations for a harmless plant,” he said. “[University Police Department] arrested 40 of our fellow Ags last year and potentially took away the hopes of graduation from them … We aren’t saying that everyone should smoke weed. All we want is to crack down and get realistic law enforcement that’s going to solve problems, not create them.”
“Marijuana has caused zero deaths; it doesn’t kill anyone and you can’t overdose,” Selim said. ‘People die in College Station of alcohol poisoning every year. It might make more sense to put alcohol on Schedule 1 and take weed off of it.”
“It should be your choice to smoke, it shouldn’t be someone telling you that you can kill your liver with alcohol and then throw you in jail for weed,” Selim said.
“We are a student organization that wishes to bring the ongoing issue of Cannabis reform to the public’s attention. We are officially recognized by Texas A and M. Join our Facebook group for more information” – The Aggie Cannabis Reform And Education Society Facebook page.