Public relations course promotes legalizing medical marijuana

A strand of medical marijuana that has been prescribed to help treat the effects of epilepsy.

Photo by Chelsea Yohn | Staff Photographer

A group of public relations students is hoping to change Texas residents’ opinions about medical marijuana use through a campaign class this semester.

Medical marijuana became legal in 28 states after California legalized it in 1996, prompting a group of public relations students to choose the topic for their class’ campaign project. Their objective is to garner solidified public support by spreading awareness about medical marijuana.

Trenten Spilman, public relations senior and campaign member, said he felt motivated to work on this topic because of the wide variety of ailments or disabilities benefited by medical marijuana.

“It can help treat people with epilepsy, cancer; multiple cases are out there where medical marijuana could help ease the treatment for patients, if only it were available to them,” Spilman said.

Spilman also referenced studies that concluded marijuana can have positive effects on people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cecily Williams, public relations senior, is part of the campaign team and said it is centered on bringing awareness of the medicinal properties of marijuana to campus.

“Through Quad-days and an informational panel, we want to reach the student body and make them aware of the benefits of medical marijuana,” Williams said.

Williams encourages students to elect representatives who will support their interests, especially if the campaign aligns with students’ ideas on medical marijuana.

“It is clear that medical marijuana is the future of health and medicine,” Williams said.

Charles Kaufman, senior lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is guiding Williams and Spilman through this capstone course.

“The objective for teaching this course is to allow students to put all of the skills that they have acquired during their

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