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Controversy at Iowa State: University Bans Cannabis T-Shirts, Student Group Plans Appeal

The ISU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws T-shirts are causing quite the controversy. Earlier this week, the story was covered in the Iowa State Daily:

“Initially, NORML ISU had a T-shirt design approved by the university, which included an image of Cy the mascot and a cannabis leaf. A picture featuring the design was used in The Des Moines Register in November 2012, after which the university received negative public feedback.

“It kind of looked like Cy was endorsing our cause, and then that’s where it kind of all started,” said Paul Gerlich, president of NORML ISU. “From there, we were told that we could no longer produce the T-shirts, so we couldn’t make any more of them.”

“I’m very concerned because it appears that a small number of administrators have changed the rules for what can be on a student organization T-shirt, and they did so without any input or approval from either the students or the faculty,” said Eric Cooper, one of the advisers to NORML ISU, about the change to the student use guidelines.

The other adviser to NORML ISU is Tom Hill, senior vice president of student affairs Tom Hill. He has supported the university’s decisions regarding these matters.

“They can do and say whatever they want to do and say,” Hill said about NORML ISU, “but they don’t have the right to use the university logo or the university name to support their position.”

Read full article here

NORML ISU event last spring featuring Bruce Hunter, Dr. Charles Goldman, and Carl Olsen. NORML ISU has over 500 members and performed more community service hours than any other student organization last year.

NORML ISU event last spring featuring Bruce Hunter, Dr. Charles Goldman, and Carl Olsen. NORML ISU has over 500 members and performed more community service hours than any other student organization last year.


While the Iowa State Daily’s editorial staff wrote an article in support of NORML ISU, not everyone is convinced — see this article by Kelsey Cummings in today’s ISU Daily.

It looks like this case has caught the attention of Iowa’s own Office of Drug Control Policy. I’ll be paying attention as well. Follow WeedPress on Facebook for updates on this story.

Thanks for reading (and sharing).

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One thought on “Controversy at Iowa State: University Bans Cannabis T-Shirts, Student Group Plans Appeal

  1. The students are not using the logo to endorse their position, they are just identifying themselves as students of Iowa St who are in a particular club.

    Posted by Hppy Hippi | February 7, 2014, 4:24 pm

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