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.

Selected session content

Content is subject to change, please check this page for frequent updates.

Full list of confirmed speakers.

KEYNOTE: The Future of Marijuana Legalization (Rob Kampia, Marijuana Policy Project)
KEYNOTE: Please Finish Off Marijuana Prohibition So We Can Focus On Larger Injustices (Troy Dayton, ArcView Group)
KEYNOTE: A Pathway to Ending Prohibition  (Neill Franklin, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)
KEYNOTE: Covering Cannabis (Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, co-authors of A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition)
PLENARY: Students for Sensible Drug Policy History 1998-today
Emerging Drug Policy Reform Topics
  • FILM the Police: Using Radical Technology to Watch the Watchers
  • From Grassroots to the UN, Ending the War on Drugs globally
  • Industrial Hemp- Advocacy and Legislation
  • Movement + Industry: Maintaining values in a post-prohibition world
  • Putting Down the Handcuffs: Steps Towards Decriminalizing All Drugs in the United States
  • Unique Perspectives: The Hidden Consequences of the War on Drugs
  • We’re not done yet! The importance of activism in the age of legalization
  • What About the Children?: Families and the War on Drugs
Student Activism
  • Calling for Help Shouldn’t be a Crime: Successful 911 Good Samaritan Policy Strategies
  • From Students to Activists: Organizing to Change Policy
  • Getting the Word Out: Tips for Taking Over Campus Media
  • Protecting Medical Marijuana Patients on Campus: A Strategy for Policy Change
  • When Diplomacy Fails: How to Fight Back Against a Difficult Administration
Movement Building
  • How to be a better advocate: Community Voice and Drug Policy
  • Outreach, Recruitment & Diversity in SSDP: An Open Discussion
  • Privilege & The War on Drugs
Messaging and Media
  • America’s Longest War: Fighting Drug Prohibition Then and Now
  • Media Relations 101 with the Experts
  • The Right on Drugs: Working With New & Old Allies
Career Development

  • Alumni in the Cannabis Industry ­I: Working in the industry while furthering drug policy reform
  • Alumni in the Cannabis Industry II: Building an industry career out of your reform work
  • Developing Sensible Careers: Insights into SSDP’s career services program and alumni association
Harm Reduction
  • Live Music and Drugs: The Conversation We Need to Be Having How
  • Harm Reduction is Helping to End Homelessness
Skills Building
  • Lobby Day Training
  • Online Organizing: tools, tips, and best practices
Legal Issues
  • Building a Legally Sustainable Cannabis Market
  • LSSDP Presents Drug Policy Lawyering: Opportunities and Conflicts in an Evolving Landscape
Networking
  • Alumni dinner
  • Awards ceremony, live music, and dance party reception
  • Breakfast with Betty Aldworth
  • Breakfast with Eric Sterling
  • Regional networking and welcome reception

Full list of confirmed speakers.

Schedule of events

Schedule is subject to significant change, please check this page for frequent updates. All events take place at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn unless otherwise stated.

Friday, September 26

5:00pm – 8:00pm Registration

5:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome reception and regional networking with light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

8:00pm – 10:00pm Congress I (students only)

8:00pm – 10:00pm Alumni gathering sponsored by Berkeley Patients Group (Piola, 1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA)

Saturday, September 27

9:00am – 6:00pm Registration, Exhibitor Hall, Free Meeting Space, and Job Fair sponsored by NCIA

9:00am – 9:30am Breakfast

9:00am – 9:45am Breakfast discussion with Eric Sterling

9:45am – 10:15am Opening keynote speaker: Rob Kampia

10:30am – 11:45am Breakout sessions

  1. Movement + Industry: Maintaining values in a post-prohibition world
  2. We’re Not Done Yet! The importance of activism in the age of legalization
  3. How to Be a Better Advocate: Community voice and drug policy
  4. From Grassroots to the UN, ending the War on Drugs globally

12:00pm – 1:15pm Breakout sessions

  1. Media Relations 101 with the Experts
  2. Calling for Help Shouldn’t be a Crime: Successful 911 Good Samaritan Policy Strategies
  3. America’s Longest War: Fighting drug prohibition then and now

1:30pm – 2:45pm Lunch (Congress II)

3:00pm – 4:15pm Breakout sessions

  1. Alumni in the Cannabis Industry ­I: Working in the industry while furthering drug policy reform
  2. Building a Legally Sustainable Cannabis Market
  3. Industrial Hemp: Advocacy and legislation
  4. The Right on Drugs: Working with new & old allies

4:30pm – 5:45pm Breakout sessions

  1. Alumni in the Cannabis Industry II: Building an industry career out of your reform work
  2. Putting Down the Handcuffs: Steps toward removing criminal penalties for drug use and possession in the United States
  3. Protecting Medical Marijuana Patients on Campus: A strategy for policy change

6:00pm – 6:30pm Closing keynote speaker: Troy Dayton

6:30pm – 8:30pm Outreach Recruitment and Diversity Meet Up and Dinner 

8:00pm – 9:30pm Awards ceremony + cash bar

9:30pm – 1:00am Live music, dance party, photo booth + cash bar

Sunday, September 28

9:00am – 6:00pm Registration, Exhibitor Hall, Free Meeting Space, and Job Fair sponsored by NCIA

9:00am – 9:30am Breakfast

9:00am – 9:45am Breakfast discussion with Betty Aldworth

9:45am – 10:15am Opening keynote speakers: Alyson Martin & Nushin Rashidian

10:30am – 11:45am Breakout sessions

  1. Live Music and Drugs: The conversation we need to be having
  2. Unique Perspectives: The hidden consequences of the War on Drugs
  3. From Students to Activists: Organizing to change policy
  4. LSSDP Presents Drug Policy Lawyering: Opportunities and Conflicts in an Evolving Landscape

12:00pm – 1:15pm Breakout sessions (4)

  1. When Diplomacy Fails: How to fight back against a difficult administration
  2. Online Organizing: Tools, tips, and best practices
  3. Privilege and the War on Drugs

1:30pm – 2:45pm Lunch (History of SSDP Plenary)

3:00pm – 4:15pm Breakout sessions (4)

  1. Film the Police: Using radical technology to watch the watchers
  2. Women, Families, and the War on Drugs
  3. How Harm Reduction is Helping to End Homelessness
  4. Getting the Word Out: Tips for taking over campus media

4:30pm – 5:45pm Breakout sessions (2)

  1. Lobby Day Training (Mandatory for lobby day participants)
  2. Developing Sensible Careers: Insights into SSDP’s career services program and alumni association

6:00pm – 6:30pm Closing keynote speaker: Neill Franklin

6:30pm – 7:00pm Closing Ceremonies

Monday, September 29

8:30am – 9:00am Lobby day briefing and breakfast

9:30am-4:30pm Individual lobby day meetings* with elected officials on Capitol Hill 

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. 

*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. 

Senior Sponsor

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Junior Sponsors

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Harm Reduction Coalition

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