When people are given brownies on April 20, they may be curious as to what the brownies really contain.
Even though there were no “special” ingredients in the Ghirardelli brownies that the Mason Students for Liberty handed out in the Johnson Center on Wednesday, the Mason Students for Liberty had a special message to get across to students as they passed out free treats.
“The brownies are kind of an irony to bring people in because it is 4/20 and people familiar with 4/20 will maybe have a greater understanding of the war on drugs,” said senior individualized study major Terra Strong, president of ML.
ML partnered with the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy to run the third annual Dare to Resist the War on Drugs event. Since drugs are going to continue to exist regardless of legality, through legalization, reliable businesses would be supported with a safe product as opposed to supporting criminals who produce a questionable product. The event was meant to inform students about the corruption and failures of the war on drugs and to call for an end to the prohibition of drugs.
“We want to make students aware of the failure of the war on drugs and to realize it’s up to the individuals to choose to use drugs and that it’s not the governments,” said junior economics major Alex Willruth, president-elect of ML.
Students passed by the kiosk with many different reactions.
“Everyone has been really supportive,” Strong said.
“We want people to have a place to go and talk about individual rights, limited government and that government has no right to interfere in your life,” Willruth said.
ML holds events throughout the year, educating the Mason community about their rights and the government’s influence on them.