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 … more

NY SSDP Students Lobby to End Discrimination on College Application

Written by SSDP NY State Policy Intern and New York University SSDP Chapter Leader Robert Belpasso IOur lobby day aimed to draw support for legislation that would declare criminal history screenings on the college application a discriminatory process. Senate Bill … more

SSDPers Lobby the Arizona Legislature

Earlier this month, SSDPers convened at the Arizona State Capitol to participate in a Legislative Lobby Day for the third consecutive year. Arizona State University chapter leaders Sarah Saucedo and Andre Maestas were there along with Arizona State Policy Intern … more

New Mexico 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up

SSDPers lobbying at the New Mexico State capitol, January 2016

Sensible drug policy advances despite 30 day session with limited debate

In New Mexico, the legislative session only lasts thirty days in even numbered years and sixty days in odd-numbered years. My overall takeaway after being at the Roundhouse for fourteen of those thirty days is that it’s an impossibly short … more

New Mexico 2016 Legislative Session Part One: Lobby Day

SSDPers lobbying at the New Mexico State capitol, January 2016

Written by New Mexico State Policy Intern Brett Phelps I came to law school with a goal of reforming New Mexico’s failed drug policies. At our SSDP Lobby Day on Tuesday January 26th I joined my fellow law students and … more

Lobbying for Decriminalization in Virginia

Written by George Washington University SSDP chapter member Aria Mildice The Virginia Lobby Day with NORML this past Friday, January 16th, was my first time lobbying. Virginia NORML organized this lobby day with Senators and Delegates from the Virginia General … more

Lobby Day 2014 Issues


Which issues will we be lobbying for at the SSDP2014 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 … more

Announcing SSDP’s Federal Marijuana Lobby Day

Scholarship application and registration now open

Our movement faces a critically limited window of time between now and this summer, when the U.S. House of Representatives may vote on an amendment that would seek to curtail DEA enforcement activities in states with legal marijuana markets. Join … more