2014 Conference + Lobby Day
- Location: Arlington, Virginia Holiday Inn
- Dates: September 26, 2014 - September 29, 2014
- Cost (current students): $75
- Cost (SSDP alumni):
- Cost (regular): $180
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Over the course of three days every other fall, the SSDP network comes together to celebrate, learn, connect, and advocate at the SSDP Conference + Lobby Day. This year, SSDP2014 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters to Washington, DC for our largest-ever gathering featuring:
- Educational programming. The core conference program will include prominent keynote speakers and panels addressing the hottest topics in policy, harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy.
- Awards Ceremony + Dance Party. SSDP recognizes outstanding network members with a biannual awards ceremony followed by a dance party. This year we’re excited about a live performance by The Wets – a band comprised of SSDP alumni will perform high energy covers of songs from the 60’s through today.
- SSDP Job Fair sponsored by the National Cannabis Industry Association. Students and alumni will have a unique opportunity to connect with drug policy reform organizations and legal marijuana-related businesses seeking to enhance their growing staffs with young people who are uniquely dedicated and already trained in leadership skills.
- Student Congress. Our annual student board member election and governing resolution process invites all SSDP members to participate in defining their SSDP.
- Lobby Day. On Monday 9/29, we’ll be meeting with our elected officials to urge their support for two important pieces of federal legislation. The Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410) reduces prison costs and populations by creating fairer, less costly minimum terms for nonviolent drug offenders. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act (H.R.1523) creates an exemption in the Controlled Substances Act for anyone acting in compliance with state marijuana laws, meaning if an individual is following state law, he or she would not be prosecuted and imprisoned by the federal government.
- And more. An alumni gathering sponsored by Berkeley Patients Group, regional meetups, networking meals, and other events offer nearly non-stop opportunities to connect with advocates and leaders of the drug policy reform movement!
Registration fees include access to all conference events, four meals (breakfast and lunch both Saturday and Sunday), a tote bag and conference program.
Register here Students: $75 Alumni: $120 Non-students: $180
The deadline for regular online registration is September 12. From September 15 – September 23, late online registration will be available at the following rates: Students $125, Alumni $195, Non-students $300. On site registration will be available as well at these rates, but online registration is strongly preferred.
Our staff have completed scholarship awards. FAQs can be found here.
SSDP2014 is made possible through the support of our nonprofit and corporate sponsors. For more information and to sponsor this event, please click here.
All conference events will take place at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn unless otherwise noted. The Holiday Inn Rosslyn offers complimentary garage parking and free wireless internet (in sleeping rooms). There are two onsite restaurants and an indoor pool and fitness center. All sleeping rooms have private balconies. Holiday Inn Rosslyn 1900 North Fort Myer Drive Arlington, VA 22209 (703) 807-2000
To book your stay, call (703) 807-2000 and mention you’re with the SSDP conference (group code: S14) in order to receive our group discounted rate. Although the deadline to make your hotel reservation online has passed, the hotel will honor our group discount as long as rooms are available, you will just need to make your reservation over the phone.
“I learned to connect with others who feel as passionately as I do about changing the drug laws in this country. I learned that there really is hope. We really can do this.”
“I’ve found a new inspiration…now I feel like I can go through with the things I’ve been wishing I could even attempt.”
“I think [my experiences at the SSDP Conference in 2012] will help me communicate with people of different political views about drug policy substantially. The workshops were very enlightening and helped me to really consider what I needed to do as an interested activist.”
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: When is the conference? A: The conference will begin with registration and an opening reception around 5pm on Friday September 26. Regular conference programming will conclude on Sunday (9/28) evening. On Monday 9/29, we will have a short lobby briefing in the morning before we all head to Capitol Hill for our lobby meetings.
Q: Where is the conference? A: All conference events will take place at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 unless otherwise stated.
Q: How do I book my hotel room? A: To book your stay, call (703) 807-2000 and mention you’re with the SSDP conference (room block code: S14) in order to receive our group discounted rate. You may also book online through this link: SSDP Conference room block reservations. You have up until September 5, 2014 at 11:59pm to make reservations. All attendees that are making their own reservations (as opposed to scholarship recipients who have their lodging booked for them) will up have until 6:00pm on arrival date to cancel their reservations. Rates are extended three days before and after the conference.
Q: How do I register for the conference? A: You may register online here.
Q: When should I arrive/depart? A: We recommend arriving on Thursday 9/25 or Friday 9/26. The first piece of conference programming will be an opening reception in the early evening on Friday 9/26. Students should try to arrive before 8:00pm on Friday, since the first session of SSDP Congress is 8-10pm Friday 9/26. If you are not participating in the lobby day, we recommend departing Sunday evening or anytime on Monday. If you are participating in the lobby day, we recommend departing after 5pm on Monday 9/29, or anytime Tuesday if possible.
Q: What important dates should I be aware of? A: 7/25/14: Scholarship application deadline, 8/28/14 (or until sold out): Sponsorship, exhibitor and job fair registration deadline, 9/5/14: Hotel reservation deadline; Registration deadline 9/12/14
Q: What is lobby day? A. On Monday 9/29, we’ll be meeting with our elected officials to urge their support for two important pieces of federal legislation. The Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410) reduces prison costs and populations by creating fairer, less costly minimum terms for nonviolent drug offenders. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act (H.R.1523) creates an exemption in the Controlled Substances Act for anyone acting in compliance with state marijuana laws, meaning if an individual is following state law, he or she would not be prosecuted and imprisoned by the federal government.
Q: How do I participate in lobby day? A: *Participants are required to complete this form, participate in Lobby Day training, and communicate with assigned offices prior to Lobby Day. Please indicate your interest in participating in Lobby Day by completing this form and we will be in touch with further instructions in the coming weeks.