Oct 20, 2009 10:17 PM by Abby Lane

Student marijuana group denied health fair table

A group of UCCS students thinks it's unfair they weren't allowed to be part of a school health fair.

"I heard about the healthy choices fair and it seemed a really good opportunity to educate the student body about the relative harms of alcohol versus cannibis," said Stephanie Morphet, of  Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Morphet says she asked if her group could have a table at the health fair and was told she couldn't

"It's time we stopped driving these students to drink," said Mason Tvert, head of SAFER, which stands for Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation.  "We allow them to make the safer choice and at the very least, provide them with the information they need to make the safer choice."

Tvert says alcohol leads to overdose deaths, sex assaults and fights while marijuana doesn't and believes schools should be giving students this information.

UCCS disagrees. "We don't endorse the illegal use of alcohol or the illegal use of drugs as part of our campus," said Tom Hutton, university spokesperson.

The protest was peaceful.  UCCS and Springs police and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office were on campus for the health fair.



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