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So the University of Central Florida's infantile progressive movement is starting to gain traction. But not all campus entities are ready for enlightenment. Here's one example: From Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, UCF's Barnes & Noble-run bookstore allowed student groups to buy space -- $50 for charity -- on its glass walls to paint their logos. About 25 groups took the offer, including Christian groups, feminist groups and UCF's chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

But NORML's logo has a pot leaf smack in the middle of the "O," which didn't sit well with bookstore manager Denise Barrios. On Oct. 22, which coincided with the UCF-held gubernatorial debate and a rally of 500 progressives, Barrios ordered a clerk to splash over the leaf with white paint.

NORML@UCF vice president Brian Creeger protested, announcing to the rally what had happened. Eventually, the store's regional manager apologized to Creeger and offered the group its $50 back. The group refused and instead demanded a formal, written apology.

Last week, Barnes & Noble promised the apology, according to The Central Florida Future. A marketing director told the student paper, "Our company is certainly a very liberal company committed to the First Amendment."

Still, Creeger says, the hostility at Barnes & Noble is not unusual: "We run across ignorance all the time. That's the problem with cannabis [politics], period."


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