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7
Jan

SSDP Report Card for December 2019

Note from the team For many, December is a quiet month, but if you follow us on social media, you already know that we have been as busy as ever. You can read all about what we were up to -- things like creating tools to make advocating for drug policy at the United Nations more accessible and launching the
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7
Jan

Updates from the 62nd Reconvened Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and How You Can Get Involved!

Written by Orsi Fehér ’16, SSDP’s European Global Fellow SSDP’s delegation to the 62nd reconvened session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) featured Jessica Steinberg from Oxford University, Panagiotis Sevris from SSDP Vienna, and Orsi Fehér, SSDP’s Global Fellow. While the session itself mainly dealt with administration and budgetary discussion and, as such, didn’t contain as much excitement as

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3
Jan

Setting the Records Straight: Response to CSOs Calling for Criminalization of Drug Use in Ghana

Students for Sensible Drug Policy joined with organisations from across Ghana and West Africa in response to a petition by 5 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) opposing the calls for decriminalisation of drug use and possession, particularly of cannabis. You can read more about the calls for decriminalisation in the region in the Model Drug Law for West Africa: A Tool

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19
Mar

Day One Updates from the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs

SSDP staff and members are in Vienna this week with our youth allies in CSSDP, SSDP Australia, Youth Rise, and YODA attending the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting (“CND”). Yesterday, we shared an update from last week’s High-Level Ministerial Segment. Today, SSDP’s International Program Manager, Jake Agliata ’11, summarizes the key events which took place during the first day

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18
Mar

Updates from the 2019 High Level Ministerial Segment

SSDP staff and members are in Vienna this week with our youth allies in CSSDP, SSDP Australia, Youth Rise, and YODA attending the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting (“CND”). Last week, a two day High Level Ministerial Segment (“HLMS”) took place where UN member states conducted a ten year review of the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action.

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6
Mar

Announcing this year’s SSDP award nominees

At SSDP2019, we will recognize outstanding achievements of the SSDP network during the awards ceremony. We’re proud to announce the nominees for each award below. The awards ceremony is open to all registered attendees, so register today to join us. Congratulations and thanks for your hard work! Change Beyond Campus Justine Balane ‘18 EPSD Mexico Ferris State University SSDP Israel

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20
Feb

¿Por qué no legalizan todas las drogas en México?

El siguiente artículo, que presenta una entrevista con una líder de EPSD México, Emma Rodríguez Romero, fue publicado el 12 de febrero por Red Letter, una revista mexicana en línea. Lee el artículo completo aquí. El debate sobre la despenalización de la mariguana se abrió nuevamente tras las declaraciones, a nivel personal, del secretario de Turismo, Enrique de la Madrid, quien señaló que

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13
Feb

Announcing 2018 SSDP Award Nominees

At SSDP2018, we will recognize outstanding achievements of the SSDP network during the awards ceremony. We’re proud to announce the nominees for each award below. Registration is still open, and Awards Ceremony + Dance Party only tickets are available here. Congratulations and thanks for your hard work! Change Beyond Campus Boston College Golden Gate University School of Law Hamline University SSDP

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24
May

How SSDP helped me become a lawyer

It’s an understatement to say that SSDP has been influential in my life. Like so many others, I would not be where I am today (geographically, career-wise, relationship-wise, and more) if not for this organization. Let me tell you why. When I started college at the University of Maryland in 2009, I wanted to be a doctor and had only

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23
May

Introducing the Georgetown Law SSDP Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter in Washington, DC: Georgetown Law SSDP! Chapter leader Andy Gargano got the chapter started up just in time to host an interest meeting at the end of the semester, and has put together a solid crew of young activists who are looking forward to ending the drug war. I spoke with Andy

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23
May

Working With a Fellow SSDP Alumna: mentor, friend, and life-saver

When I first met Amanda Muller ’10, I was lying on a table to be a demonstration body for a naloxone training. The course of my undergraduate career changed after Amanda used me for a sternal rub demonstration and inspired my career pursuits. My impromptu drive from the University of Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina, was under the pretext that

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22
May

It’s #SSDPalumni week!

As the spring semester draws to a close, many students will be graduating and moving on from school to the next chapter of their lives. Being a part of an SSDP chapter is a defining part of many students’ college experiences, I know it certainly was for me! The SSDP Alumni Association aims to provide a framework for SSDPers to continue

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22
May

April/May 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Additional Resources

Is the War on Drugs a War on the Environment? The War on Drugs has a complex and multi-layered relationship with the environment, often bordering on a full-scale War on the Environment. Read more in our April/May issue of the Monthly Mosaic here. Then, check out the below resources to learn more about the intersection of the social and environmental crises

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19
May

Windows Phone is heading back to death – s door

When it comes to partying, quite a few folks would rather attend to taverns, cabarets, pubs, discos etc. It is because of the exciting surroundings made in these places. That said, among the many thousands of nightclubs out there, just some of them would be popular. This is definitely due to vibrating environment existing in these places and the enthralling.

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11
May

UNODC: Acknowledge Youth as Key Stakeholders in the Standards of Prevention

SSDP’s recommendations to the UNODC were compiled and submitted by our Drug Education Manager, Dr. Vilmarie Narloch, Psy.D ’09 Recently, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime put out a call for civil society input as they update the International Standards of Drug Use Prevention. These standards were originally launched in 2013 and took into consideration studies published prior

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