Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

13 Nov 2001, 13:45 p.m.

I should have known that announcements I get via the…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I should have known that announcements I get via the Berkeley ACLU might be kinda skewed ideologically.

Marijuana Symposium
What DARE Didn't Teach You Part 2: Marijuana

Thursday, November 15 @ 6pm
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building (aka Chan Shun Auditorium), UC Berkeley
Sponsored by Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Speakers include:
  • David Presti, UCB Professor who teaches "Drugs & the Brain"
  • Jeff Jones, Director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Club
  • Chris Conrad, Hemp Expert and Author of Hemp: Lifeline to the Future & Hemp for Health
*for more info contact Scarlett at

I went through DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in fifth grade and I primarily recall that I won first place in my class in the essay contest (topic: "Why I Will Never Use Drugs"). I'm rather unhappy now that I received and accepted such a simplistic attitude towards drug use. The nuances of harm reduction seem much more important to me now.