Northern Illinois University has decided to bar Students For Sensible Drug Policy from it’s campus, although they allow antiwar and and pro-choice groups to operate chapters.
After first being denied recognition by the university’s Student Association Senate (SAS), the NIU chapter of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) reapplied, only to have the SAS offer a vague statement on the difference between “advocacy” and “political” groups. The SAS’s definition prevents several groups, including the SSDP, from receiving funding from students’ fees. Now, denied a second time for “advocacy” status, the SSDP could be banned entirely from meeting and promoting on campus for two years.
The NIU SSDP chapter is now considering legal action with the help of the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, if meetings with school administrators this week do not result in alternative outcomes.
This is one of those things that doesn’t seem like a big deal on the surface. But a precedent can be set, and it would be a precedent detrimental to our movement, and the the first amendment in general.
Beyond that, student organizations like SSDP energize the lifeblood of our movement. Every college campus we get an organization onto is another victory in the battle for legalization. These college students will soon be the leaders of this country, and will be the ones making the laws.
They must be exposed to the truth of cannabis as early as possible.