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UW-Milwaukee students push for legalized marijuana

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) --  Some University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee students are joining 80 other colleges to push for legalized marijuana.

The students nationwide say "Stop Driving Us to Drink". They want to be able to use marijuana, what they call a safer alternative to alcohol.

More than eighty colleges and universities in 34 states are taking action on campus on April 1, but they say this is no April Fools joke.   It's the first day of National Alcohol Awareness Month.  Students will be out on their campuses distributing information about the relative harms of alcohol and marijuana, as well as holding signs and banners that read: "This is NOT a joke... Let us make the SAFER choice!"

The students argue that laws and policies on and around most college campuses punish students more harshly for marijuana use than for alcohol use, steering them toward drinking and away from using marijuana -- a far less harmful substance -- instead. "Every objective study on marijuana has concluded that it's far safer than alcohol for the user and for society," said Josh Bazett-Jones, president of SSDP at WSU. "Yet laws and campus policies punish students more harshly for marijuana, sending the dangerous message that alcohol is more acceptable despite the fact that it contributes to all sorts of serious problems that are not associated with marijuana use.

Participating Colleges and Universities:

University of Alabama
University of Montevallo
University of Arkansas
Arizona State University
Northern Arizona University
Estrella Mountain Community College
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Merced
San Diego State University (Action on April 8)
San Jose State University
San Francisco State University
California State University at Monterey Bay
California State University at San Marcos
Chico State University
University of Redlands
Pasadena City College
Fullerton College (Action on April 8)
Mills College
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Colorado at Denver
Metropolitan State College of Denver
University of Denver
Fort Lewis College
Front Range Community College
Community College of Denver
Art Institute of Colorado
University of Connecticut
Central Connecticut State University
Quinnipiac University
District of Columbia
Georgetown University
Florida State University (Action on March 31)
University of Central Florida
University of Georgia
Georgia State University
University of West Georgia
Georgia College and State University
Georgia Perimeter College
Windward Community College
Iowa State University
Northwestern University
Northern Illinois University
Purdue University
Kansas University
University of Kentucky
Boston University
Suffolk University
University of Maryland
University of Baltimore
Michigan State University
Kalamazoo College
Mott Community College
University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
University of Missouri at Columbia (Action on April 8)
Missouri Southern State University
North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire
New Jersey
Rutgers University
William Paterson University
New York
Syracuse University
Ithaca University
State University of New York at Oneonta
Eerie Community College
Ohio State University
Kent State University (Action on April 8)
University of Oregon
Lafayette College
Kutztown University
Rhode Island
Brown University (Action on April 8)
South Dakota
South Dakota State University
University of Utah

University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University
Old Dominion University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

University of Vermont
Marlboro College
Washington State University
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
West Virginia
West Virginia University

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