By Juan Ballestas, National University of Colombia
At the Madrid Airport, the pc that a friend lent me stopped working. It was kind of funny, I mean, travelling was an exciting concept, and maybe that poor machine couldn’t handle that kind of stress. Not only was this my very … more
The Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting
Last week, SSDP made its grand debut at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna, Austria. This wasn’t the first time that SSDP had participated in the proceedings (many NGO representatives remembered Kris Krane’s much-lauded intervention in the “Beyond … more
Stop legislation that would make it easier to try youth as adults
A bill (HB 718) that would make it easier to try youth as adults and greatly expand the number of youth tried as adults is moving swiftly through the Virginia House of Delegates. Our best chance to stop it will … more
Top 20 Schools for Marijuana Activism 2011
On stands now is the October 2011 issue of High Times magazine with our annual feature listing the top 20 schools for marijuana activism, here are some highlights, get yourself a copy to read the full article. 1. Northern Illinois University- Last year … more
Mexican Youth Congress Formulates Anti-Violence Strategy
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the center of the drug war exists in Washington, D.C. With all the bloviating, all the Congressional handwringing, all the dissimulating by the White House’s Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske and all the hardheadedness of … more
Marijuana offenses are #1 arrest in NYC, Student group calls for change
NEW YORK – Officials at Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) say data released by the New York Division of Criminal Justice Service and obtained by the Drug Policy Alliance, signals a major change in marijuana policy is needed. The … more
A Hollow Defeat?
With 100% of precincts reporting, California’s Proposition 19 fell less than 3.9% short of victory, leaving many in the media to focus on why Prop 19 did not get majority support. Ultimately the failure to pass Prop 19 will prove to … more
Once You Pop, You Just Can't Stop... Those Damn Drug Cartels!
Need more proof that the drug war isn’t working? Watch the above video of 20 Mexican drug cartel members dressed as police freeing 53 inmates from a Mexico jail. The cartel members arrived in 10 vehicles and a helicopter. Yes, … more
HEA Reform is Close
The HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, introduced by Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), has been a thorn in the side of educators, students, and social justice activists across the country since its creation in 1998. This year, we may see significant reform to this unfair … more
Why Smoke One Blunt, When You Could Smoke At Least 5?
I’m in DC right now, gearing up for SSDP’s 10th Annual International Conference, which I’m sure you already know all about. I’m actually burning the midnight oil with SSDP’s eastern region outreach director Amber Langston. We can see Prince George’s County … more