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Ohio Good Samaritan Policy

Posted: April 29, 2016

Ohio has the second highest number of drug-related overdoses in the nation. Many people witnessing an overdose are scared to call 911 because of the fear of arrest and police involvement. To address this, over thirty states have passed life-saving … more


Posted: April 19, 2016

Despite over 60% voter approval for marijuana legalization in Virginia, the legislature has remained adamant in shooting down even the most basic decriminalization measures. In October 2015 the Drug Policy Alliance put out a report highlighting Virginia as one of … more

CO HB 16-1344

Posted: March 31, 2016

House Bill 16-1344 seeks to add a “special offender” category applying to individuals who supply an illicit substance when its use results in death. Additionally, this bill seeks to appropriate up to five years worth of additional funds toward corrections … more

Help us End Marijuana Prohibition in New York

Posted: February 23, 2016

New York State Senator Liz Kreuger(D, WF) recently introduced a bill to the State Senate that would begin regulation and taxation of marihuana. The short title of the bill is the “Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act”. It is modeled after … more

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Today is SSDP’s birthday!

Celebrating 17 years of the student movement to end the War on Drugs

In the fall of 1996, members of the Student Drug Reform Movement (SDRM) began to chat over the internet using a Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) discussion page. In 1997, the Rochester Cannabis Coalition (RCC) at the Rochester Institute of … more

Five Reasons to Engage in Direct Service Work

By Irina Alexander ’07, University of Maryland–College Park, former Board Chair (2010-2012) In my senior year of college at the University of Maryland–College Park, my mind was blown (pun intended) when I found out not all sex workers want sex … more

SSDPer Reflects on SSDP2016 Conference

One of the ideas from this weekend that made me think back to the War on Drugs is how it isn’t a complete failure. The War on Drugs is succeeding in exactly what it was designed to do, to suppress certain people of color and people of low socioeconomic status.

This past weekend, I attended the 2016 Students for Sensible Drug Policy International Conference in Washington DC. My closest family and friends know how passionate I am about the need for sensible drug policies in the United States and around … more

Anthony Carrasco of UC Berkeley Wins ASUC Senate Seat

Anthony Carrasco is a sophomore studying Legal Studies and Political Science with a Public Policy minor. Just last week, he was elected as a member of the ASUC Senate with political party SQUELCH! in a race amongst 70 candidates. “What … more

SSDP Welcomes the University of California Los Angeles Chapter

Meet Christian Kramme, the chapter leader of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at University of California Los Angeles. He is a sophomore majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. About two years ago, he started Green Box Medical Nonprofit with … more