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Should the Community College Recognize Cannabis Club?

Cougars for Cannabis is a new club at St. Charles Community College which has stirred debate on campus. We want to know what you think about the issue.

The Cougars for Cannabis Club at has sparked some discussion about free speech issues and whether such a club has a place on campus.

The club's goal is to start discussion on U.S. cannabis policy.

Some people have said the club should not be approved by the college and should not be able to receive funding because cannabis is illegal. A majority of members of the Student Senate voted against allowing the club to form and receive money.

However, administrators overturned the Senate's decision, citing Supreme Court Decisions that found that groups should be able to receive college funding despite having an unpopular view.

"Free speech is something that in our country is absolutely one of our fundamental opportunities and our rights," said Yvette Sweeny, Dean of Student Services.

What do you think?

Kalen Ponche May 09, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Thanks Kanna
Modern Thinker and Humorist May 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
It's not like a college campus is an elementary school. If the college campus were not made up of adults then maybe talking civilly about a subject should not be allowed. However remember, Beth that any right that has been made for the American people were at one time illegal. Civil Rights, Woman Sufferage, and even our Nation's Independence would not have happened if we did not discuss these things before they became legal. Furthermore you are ignoring the right to free speech. And if a person's free speech were taken away then there would be no assurance that your free speech, your child's free speech, or you neighbor's free speech were to be kept. They could all be taken away.
Open minded taxpayer May 10, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I don't believe anyone said there would be illegal activity and I don't believe the college condones illegal activity. This is not about meeting and smoking pot. I believe a group of students feel they have the right to openly discuss an issue that they feel very strongly about. As a taxpayer I am happy that there are individuals at this college with open minds. It's obviously a subject that many people feel strongly about. They have already spurred some interesting discussion. When was the last time that happened? Instead of silencing this club, use this opportunity to have an open discussion with your family and children and ask them their feelings and thoughts.
Adam Farrar May 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
So You Believe That An Illegal Market Is Safer For Your Kids Than A Regulated One? If You Are A REAL Conservative, Than You Would Not Want Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars Being Spent Locking Up American Citizens In PRIVATE-for profit- PRISONS For Non-Violent Drug "Crimes". The Only "crime" Is Our Governments Laws Allowing Drug Cartels To Flourish In An Unregulated Market. Your Government Does Not Care About Your Children, They Care About Keeping An Illegal Market So They Can Have Laws That Arrest YOU For Just Possessing Drugs. The War On Drugs Is the Most Important Issue Of Our Time, Legalize It All.
No Thanks May 20, 2012 at 07:46 AM
What is next, a NAMBLA chapter on campus? It is not illegal to be stupid, but this is outrageous.

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