SSDP Welcomes the Chapman University Chapter!

SSDP Chapman

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest chapter to the SSDP family: Chapman University from California!. Chapter leader Ashleigh Dennis has been working to start a chapter at Chapman since June. I asked Ashleigh about what her chapter has accomplished so far and … more

Rowan’s “Box City” Brings Awareness to Harsh Dorm Eviction Policies

Rowan Box City

Written by Rowan SSDP chapter members Lisa Tischio and Rachel Tevlin On Wednesday October 8th, students at Rowan University hosted the 4th annual Box City in protest of the university’s dorm eviction policy. Rowan University has a zero tolerance drug … more

The paradox of Amendment 2 and a call to action for the future

New College of Florida SSDPers Victoria Jara and Eilis Ryan

Written by Victoria Jara, New College of Florida SSDP alumni and YESon2 volunteer Driving around the city of Sarasota on election day, giving students rides to voting precincts, pulling up voter information for people in a frenzy, and meeting up … more

Prop 47: A Step In The Right Direction

Kevin Akpan

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. Possession of everything from marijuana and psychedelics to heroin and cocaine now results in mandatory drug education, counseling, and rehabilitation, instead … more

Nothing Worthwhile Ever Comes Easy

Kevin Akpan

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University A recent article in the Express Newspaper questioned what initiative 71 would accomplish if it were passed, as even if a yes vote were allowed … more

The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana and How Passing Initiative 71 will Help

Kevin Akpan

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University Synthetic marijuana, a byproduct of the United States’ war on drugs, is killing Americans. In August 2012, officials in Davie, FL banned the sale … more

Today I Was Found Guilty of Two Violations of American University’s Drug Policy

American University

Written by an American University Student who wishes to remain anonymous. While the scene unfolded, I sat on the ground with my head against the wall and thought “if we were drinking in there we would have never been caught.” Waiting … more

SSDP Welcomes Seven New Students to the Board of Directors

SSDP Board of Directors 2014

At the end of September, hundreds of students from around the world convened to engage in drug policy reform at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy International Conference. A crucial aspect of the SSDP conference each year is the annual … more

Maryland’s Journey Towards Sensible Drug Policy

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Written by Greg Gaffney-Bills of George Washington University SSDP The Washington Post’s article, “Bit of pot won’t land you in Maryland jail,” illustrated the beginning of Maryland’s journey towards sensible drug policy on October 1st. By decriminalizing marijuana, Maryland citizens and lawmakers … more

Vote Yes on Initiative 71

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Written by Greg Gaffney-Bills of George Washington University SSDP On September 14th, the Washington Post came out against Initiative 71, arguing that decriminalization is sounder policy than legalization. There is substantial evidence that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, but … more