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22
Mar

March 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Diversity Awareness Reflection & Education at #SSDP2017

A hearty welcome to SSDP2017 from SSDP’s Diversity, Awareness, Reflection, & Education (SSDP-DARE) committee! Because the consequences of drug prohibition are far-reaching in their impact on different communities across the globe, exposing oneself to new perspectives is crucial to understanding  the totality of the drug war. We hope that you’ll seize the opportunity presented by SSDP2017 to make lasting connections

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15
Mar

What to know about the SSDP Board of Directors elections

SSDP2017 is only a few days away and twenty amazing SSDPers have applied to run for the Board of Directors. SSDP is governed by a Board of Directors and a Board of Trustees, a designated body of the Board of Directors. Elected student members and appointed alumni make up the Board of Directors; all are volunteers and each member serves

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14
Mar

Congratulations to this year’s award nominees

Ten days from today, at SSDP2017, we will recognize outstanding achievements of the SSDP network during the awards ceremony. We’re proud to announce the nominees for each award below. Congratulations and thanks for your hard work! Stuart Ableson Goodwill Dr. Bronner’s Marijuana Business Daily MassRoots Elizabeth Nichols & The Laurel Rosebud Fund Scott & Cyan Banister Campus Change Dublin City

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8
Mar

Understanding Person First Language

Written by SUNY New Paltz SSDP chapter leader Robert Hofmann When talking about drug policy reform, activists will encounter several terms used to describe people who use drugs. These terms can show us preconceived notions of drug users held by individuals who use them. While some people use negative and neutral terms interchangeably, different phrases can conjure up different feelings

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3
Mar

SSDP Supports California’s SB180

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is proud to support California’s SB180, introduced by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles). This bill would remove the current three-year sentencing enhancements for a number of crimes related to controlled substances. The bill was first introduced in 2016 as the “RISE Act” (SB966). Although it did not pass during the 2015-2016 session, Senator Mitchell has

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2
Mar

Stigma, Addiction, & Recovery in Indonesia

SSDP Outreach Coordinator Jake Agliata was in Indonesia from February 14 to February 25 as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the American Council for Young Political Leaders. This is the second of several blog posts that will serve as a small window into what drug policy, direct service, and activism is like in Indonesia. The first post can

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1
Mar

New Mexico SSDPers Lobby at State Legislature for the Third Year Running

For this year’s New Mexico Lobby Day, our SSDP chapters joined with several other advocacy organizations for Cannabis Awareness Day at the Roundhouse, including NM NORML (led by SSDP alum and board member Monique Chavez), New Mexico EMPACT, Grow for Vets NM, the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Patients Alliance, and the American Cannabis Nurses Association. While previous lobby days consisted

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1
Mar

Introducing the Dean College Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest established SSDP chapter in Massachusetts, Dean College! Chapter leader Liam Devine has been working to set up the chapter for about a year now and finally got things up and running this semester. I spoke with Liam about his progress thus far and what we can expect from Dean College SSDP moving forward: How

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27
Feb

February 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Love and Drugs- Social Alienation and Problematic Drug Use

In the 1980s, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America released a television advertisement showing a rat, alone, in a cage. The rat had been given two water bottles: one with plain water, and one laced with cocaine. “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of ten laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead.

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23
Feb

U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Targets Synthetic Drugs

On Wednesday, September 25, the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control held a hearing on unregulated analogues of synthetic drugs and recent legislation proposed to address growing concern. Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led the hearing that included testimony from Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy assistant administrator at the Office

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