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11
Jul

SSDP & SMART Unveil First Cohort of HBCU Ambassadors for Cannabis Policy and Awareness Campaign

For Immediate release: SSDP & SMART Unveil First Cohort of HBCU Ambassadors for Cannabis Policy and Awareness Campaign Washington DC: Students for Sensible Drug Policy(SSDP) and the Student Marijuana Alliance for Research and Transparency (SMART) have selected their 11 Student Ambassadors for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The chosen ambassadors will receive a stipend, professional development and support, access to

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6
Oct

Public Announcement of the Resolution to Advance Sensible Drug Policy!

  Join Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) for the public announcement of the Resolution to Advance Sensible Drug Policy! We have created a full resolution, an organizing guide, and a one pager that breaks the ordinance down into 4 main sections: adopting a public health approach to controlled substances, reforming criminal codes, audit and tracking of expenses and fees

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6
Oct

Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Last Prisoner Project celebrate first step by President Biden to fulfilling campaign promises

Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Last Prisoner Project celebrate first step by President Biden to fulfilling campaign promises Primary contact- Jason Ortiz, Executive Director of Students for Drug Policy, 860 639 8101, jason@ssdp.org   Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, President Biden announced that he has pardoned all federal cannabis prisoners charged with simple possession of cannabis. We are encouraged

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20
Sep

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and Last Prisoner Project Urge President Biden to Keep His Promise on Federal Cannabis Clemency

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and Last Prisoner Project Announce the Keep Your Promise Campaign  President Biden:  Keep Your Promise to Release Cannabis Prisoners Primary Press Contact: Jason Ortiz, jason@ssdp.org Secondary Press Contact: press@lastprisonerproject.org  Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) has partnered with the Last Prisoner Project to conduct a series of civil disobedience actions aimed at pressuring President

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7
Sep

SSDP Science Policy Council successfully pushes back on DEA effort to criminalize psychedelic research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SSDP Science Policy Council successfully pushes back on DEA effort to criminalize psychedelic research On Friday August 26, 2022, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) withdrew proposed Schedule I status for 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI) and 2,5-dimethoxy-4-chloroamphetamine (DOC). The notice states that “The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is withdrawing a proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on

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30
Aug

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ends Partnership with Decriminalize Nature National

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Foundation (SSDP) is disappointed by the recent anti-Semitic messaging coming from Decriminalize Nature’s National leadership (DN). After consideration of Decrim Nature’s actions, this type of messaging does not reflect the values of SSDP, and we have decided to end our formal partnership with Decrim Nature’s National leadership. For more information: DN made a post on

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16
Jun

Cannabis Decriminalization in the Deep South

Georgia’s SSDP Chapters One Step Closer to Passing States Most Important Cannabis Decriminalization Ordinance in Athens, Ga.    June 13, 2022:  Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is proud to announce, on Thursday, June 9th at 1pm in City Hall, the Athens-Clarke County Legislative Review Committee (“LRC”) unanimously voted (5-0) in favor of Georgia’s most comprehensive marijuana decriminalization ordinance. When

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6
May

Students Urge the Biden Administration to Center Harm Reduction in the Methamphetamine Response Plan of 2021

President Bident recently signed the “Methamphetamine Response Act of 2021” into effect, naming methamphetamine as an “emerging drug threat” and directing the Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP) to implement a Methamphetamine Response Plan within 90 days of the signing of the bill. While we are concerned that this law is now targeting people who use methamphetamine with outdated prohibitionist

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2
May

New Member Interview: California Lutheran University SSDP

SSDP’s staff is ecstatic to announce the formation of a new chapter at California Lutheran University (CLU), a private liberal arts university in Thousand Oaks, California. I’m grateful to announce that “the future of drug policy is intelligent, ethical, and hardworking.” In just a few short months, the chapter has been building a solid foundation for its future. Their leadership

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20
Apr

Saying Farewell to the SSDP Chapter Activity Tracker

The Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Chapter Activity Tracker (CAT) was developed to gamify member engagement and facilitate the distribution of resources and scholarships to our chapters. The program was very successful in the years following it’s initial release, allowing chapters to compete with each other, learn from each other, and gain access to opportunities and resources along the

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19
Apr

10 Days Left to Apply for Support. Don’t Punish Grant!

The Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action is a day that drug policy reform activists across the world join together in action to fight for drug policies based on human rights and harm reduction to counter the War on Drugs. There are small grants to support your activities, and the deadline for application is Friday, the 29th of April.

13
Apr

Submit Your Vote for SSDP’s Board of Directors

Elections for SSDP’s Class of 2022 Board of Directors are taking place today! SSDP remains unique in the fact that our organization is youth-led, meaning that ⅔ of the governing body of the organization consists of students and/or young people under the age of 30.  Each year, the network is tasked with electing new directors to the Board. This year, we have 9

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12
Apr

SSDP Advocates at the 65th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

The 65th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs took place in Vienna between 14-18 March, with members states and civil society representatives coming together to discuss the most pressing issues shaping drug policy today. This session saw historic developments largely influenced by the Russian aggression in Ukraine. Walkouts were initiated at various times during the debate and for

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5
Apr

We need your help in growing our infrastructure to continue the momentum

SSDP’s policy team has had some incredible victories this year, and we need your help in growing our infrastructure to continue the momentum! In 2022 alone, we have launched campaigns at the local, state and federal level. Dollar for dollar, SSDP has been incredibly effective at using our limited resources to advance sensible policies across the country. See below for

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4
Apr

ARE YOU SENSIBLE?

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is running our annual Sensible Society membership drive from now through May 31st. The Sensible Society is SSDP’s monthly giving club. Since its launch in 2014, the Sensible Society has made it possible for tens of thousands of SSDPers to have the resources and training they need to mobilize worldwide and fight for sensible drug

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28
Mar

Students partner with testing manufacturer to provide free harm reduction tools to youth

Luis Montoya  luis@ssdp.org Cameron Scally Cameron@dosetest.com March 28, 2022— Students for Sensible Drug Policy and DoseTest are partnering to expand access to drug checking kits and drug checking services for young people who use drugs and their peers across the United States. The partnership was borne out of a mutual desire to make these potentially life saving harm reduction tools

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28
Mar

For Immediate Release: Michigan Initiative for Community Healing Certified to Begin Signature Gathering

Primary contacts: Myc Williams  Myc@decrimnaturemi.org 305-304-0466    Julie Barron Julie@decrimnaturemi.org    March 28, 2022 For Immediate Release: Michigan Initiative for Community Healing Certified to Begin Signature Gathering   Lansing, Michigan — The Michigan Board of State Canvassers (BOSC) certified that the Michigan Initiative for Community Healing could begin collecting the required 340,047 signatures needed by June 1st to qualify for

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25
Mar

Darkhei Rephua and SSDP Present: Bicycle Day Psychedelic Pseder

What are your plans for Bicycle Day this year? Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Darkhei Rephua are putting on our first-ever Bicycle Day Psychedelic Pseder! The Psychedelic Pseder will be an evening of song, stories, and psychedelic celebration of Pesach (Passover), holistic liberation, LSD, and the launch of WeLoveAcid.com  A seder is a Jewish ritual feast that takes place

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17
Mar

Open Letter on Youth Engagement to Ms. Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Foundation and Students for Sensible Drug Policy International, alongside 64 NGOs, call on the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to provide transparency on youth involvement in decision making and ensure their meaningful participation in the development and implementation of drug policies and programs. Signatories include 19 youth organizations, 13

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15
Mar

Press Release: University of Michigan SSDP Launches Campaign to Decriminalize Drug Possession, Fund Proven Recovery Services in Ann Arbor 

Primary contacts Matt Dargay, (248)-762-6976, mdargay@umich.edu – President, University of Michigan Students for Sensible Drug Policy  Kylee Crook, (509)-703-8490, kycrook@umich.edu – Community Organizing and Events Coordinator, University of Michigan Students for Sensible Drug Policy  For immediate release _____________________________________________  Student Drug Policy Organization Launches Campaign to Decriminalize Drug Possession, Fund Proven Recovery Services in Ann Arbor  Ann Arbor, March 16th, 2022 – After

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14
Mar

Introducing Drexel University SSDP

Written by Justin Serwinski ‘21, Madi Rockett ‘21, and Naomi Shifman ‘21 How did you hear about SSDP? After Justin’s initial outreach to start an organization focused on psychedelic medicine at Drexel, he met with a few faculty and students who appeared interested. During our first meeting, a faculty member discussed how it might be advantageous to integrate with SSDP

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14
Mar

JSK ROUNDUP – Announcing the 3rd Edition!

Welcome to the Just Say Know monthly roundup! Here, our Just Say Know intern, Matthew Aragón '16, will be sharing the latest in drug education and harm reduction each month. A special note from SSDP’s Director of Drug Education, Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, PsyD ‘09: Hello friends,       SSDP’s Just Say Know Peer Education Program was developed out of deep frustration that our
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10
Mar

Panel: Drug Legalization as a Public Health Measure

Every year, there are more than 1.5 million drug arrests in the United States. More than 80% of these arrests are for possession only. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have already decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and some are exploring the merits of decriminalizing other drugs. While drug decriminalization is a step in the right

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9
Mar

Joint Statement from the Board: Bylaws, Rules, & Congress

The Board of Directors has recently voted to change the number of years for Director terms from 2 years to 3 years. This decision was reached by the board for the reasons below: An additional year provides more opportunities for projects and professional developmentProvides continuity as we continue to transition as an organization  Standard Non-profit Board of Directors have a term

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8
Mar

The MORE Act Is Coming Up For a Vote!

If you’re reading this email, you have probably already taken action to get your representatives to sign on to the MORE Act. We are anticipating another vote on the MORE Act in the next few weeks. Please take action to urge your House representative to vote YES on MORE!The vote is going to be close, and we need to keep

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24
Feb

Feature: Kufikiri Imara

This is a more accessible, easier to read version of our social media posts that you can find on ohr Facebook and Instagram pages. “Black Futures Month is a visionary, forward-looking spin on celebrations of Blackness in February”. Today, we are featuring Kufikiri Imara and his poetry! Bio: Kufikiri Imara; born and raised on unceded Huichin territory of the Ohlone

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