4
Aug

July 2021 – U.S Policy Council Monthly Round-Up

Projects: SSDP’s comments and Relevant Summary of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act is in progress, due September 1stNew actions added to the Action Center!Urge Congress and the Biden Administration to Eliminate Funding for International Crop Eradication hereUrge Representatives to Co-sponsor and Support the Drug Policy Reform Act of 2021 hereNew U.S Policy Council Tactical Team Vote Tracker started July

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3
Aug

SSDP Newsletter – July 2021

Note from Executive Director, Jason Ortiz ’08 Hello SSDP! As the new Executive Director of SSDP, I’m excited to share all the amazing work we’ve been doing over the last few months to pass cannabis laws, create opportunities in the psychedelic space, and continue to lift the voices of those most impacted by the war on drugs. If after reading

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3
Aug

We’re hiring!

Have you ever wanted to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy? We’re hiring for THREE positions, and this could be your chance to land your dream job! Working for SSDP is an opportunity to serve our network of students who are leading the charge to end the disastrous War on Drugs and heal the harms of drug prohibition. SSDP

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2
Aug

SSDP Welcomes Iulia Vatau ’20 as Our New Global Fellow

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is happy to announce that Iulia Vatau ’20 has joined the team as a Global Fellow for Europe and the UN.  Iulia founded the University College London chapter and established a student-led harm reduction volunteering project based on the Just Say Know curriculum. She has been critical to the revival of Students for Sensible Drug

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2
Aug

#SensibleSummer – How to Make the Best of Your Summer as a SSDPer

In some parts of the world summer is in full swing, and we’ve put together a bank of ideas to help you and your chapter make the most of your summer!

29
Jul

Introducing SSDP’s McHenry, Illinois Ambassador

Written by Taylor Hansen ‘21, McHenry, Illinois SSDP Ambassador How did you hear about SSDP?I heard about SSDP when I attended a few conferences relating to the studies of psychedelics. I originally heard about the UK organization and was thrilled when I learned there was one also active in the US. Why did you want to get involved/what made you

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28
Jul

SSDP Burundi Hosts First Harm Reduction Event at the Institut Supérieur Islamique de Muyinga

Gathering over 60 participants, including educators and government members, SSDP Burundi chapter members successfully delivered a harm reduction focused event, raising awareness on the importance of non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services to people who use drugs and the communities in which they live. Presented by chapter leaders Lambert Nduwayezu ‘20 and Egide Nduwayo ‘20, the workshop is part of larger

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20
Jul

Introducing Case Western Reserve University SSDP

Written by Rachel Susany ‘21 and Micaela Swim ‘21, Case Western Reserve University SSDP Chapter Leaders How did you hear about SSDP?M: Rachel R: I heard about SSDP while I was scrolling through Linkedin. I messaged a woman I found working as in-house counsel for a company that does psychedelic research and asked her for advice and she told me

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19
Jul

A Youth Response to the World Drug Report 2021

Students for Sensible Drug Policy International are proud to release a Youth Response to the World Drug Report 2021. Building on the “Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives” spirit promoted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Response encompasses youth insights into the recent drug market trends and COVID-19 developments.

14
Jul

Less Than 50 Days Until International Overdose Awareness Day

With less than 50 days to go until International Overdose Awareness Day, now is the time to start planning your event, if you haven’t started already. For those who aren’t used to organising events, don’t worry, we have a fantastic bank of event ideas, big and small, created by the Penington Institute. There’s one for everyone! Advocacy  Influencing policy is

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13
Jul

Introducing Our Global Operations and U.S. Policy Intern

Written by Liza Begum How did you hear about SSDP?  I first heard about SSDP from Global Kids. I had applied to the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and was selected, so my journey of selecting where I wanted to spend the summer began. Sabrina, an SYEP coordinator for Global Kids, recommended SSDP to me, an organization that she was

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1
Jul

June 2021 – U.S Policy Council Monthly Round-Up

Projects: SSDP MORE Act Chapter and Allied Organization Sign-On Letter was publishedJune Hiatus – No meetings for the month of June 🙂U.S Policy Quick Links – everyone is welcome to build on and contribute to this living resource. Be sure to check it out and add to it, it is changing all of the time! All 117th Congress legislative endorsements

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18
Jun

Take Action for International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

This year is the 20th anniversary of International Overdose Awareness Day. With over half a million people dying as a result of drug use annually, it has never been more important. On the 31st of August every year, we publicly mourn, educate people on drugs to prevent overdose, and advocate for better drug policies. We are calling on SSDPers everywhere to run events as part of the campaign.

17
Jun

SSDP Sign-On Letter: Oppose Aerial Crop Eradication

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is circulating a sign-on letter for organizations and SSDP chapters to urge Congress to eliminate funding for aerial crop eradication in Colombia on the bases of environmental justice, human rights, public health, and sensible drug policy.  In 2014, the World Health Organization found that Glyphosate, which is used in aerial fumigation, was and is responsible

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17
Jun

It’s Time to Retire the War on Drugs

50 years ago today, former US President Richard Nixon declared drugs and people who use them “public enemy number one.” Since then, the global War on Drugs has taken the lives of thousands and ruined the lives of millions through criminalization, incarceration, and making drug use dangerous under prohibition.  The War on Drugs was racially motivated from the very beginning. John Ehrlichman,

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17
Jun

Connecticut House and Senate pass cannabis legalization with strong protections for students

For immediate release Primary contact: Jason Ortiz, SSDP Executive Directorjason@ssdo.org, (860) 639-8101 Secondary contact: Zach Green, President of UConn Hartford SSDPz.tyler.green@gmail.com, (860) 671-7414 Hartford – Connecticut became the 19th state to pass cannabis legalization through the legislature when the House of Representatives and Senate both passed SB1201. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor today. “While stronger

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14
Jun

Join The Team – Call for Global Fellow & Administration Officer

Students for Sensible Drug Policy International are looking for a Administration & Compliance Officer and a Global Fellow to join our team. Both positions are contractor positions, with a preferred start date of July 1st 2021. Please send your CV or resumé and cover letter to Róisín Downes at roisin@ssdp.org.

9
Jun

78 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Chapters Call On Congress To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

For Immediate Release Primary contact: Rob Hofmann, United States Outreach and Policy Coordinator, Students for Sensible Drug Policy(607) 316-0227, robert@ssdp.org Secondary Contact: Jason Ortiz, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy(860) 639-8101, jason@ssdp.org Today, 78 Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapters sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi, House Majority Leader Hoyer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging

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9
Jun

SSDP International is launching applications for the International Impact Grant on 15 June 2021!

SSDP International is launching applications for the International Impact Grant on 1 July 2021!

4
Jun

May 2021 – U.S Policy Council Monthly Round-Up

Projects: Appropriations Memos and Part 1 Slide Deck released, check U.S policy council website!SSDP MORE Act Chapter and Allied Organization Sign On LetterJune HiatusSpecial Pre-Hiatus US Policy Council Meeting Tuesday, June 1st 4-5pm monthly agenda hereU.S Policy Quick Links – everyone is welcome to build on and contribute to this living resource. Be sure to check it out and add

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3
Jun

Introducing Penn State SSDP

Written by Kunal Gupta ’21, Penn State SSDP Chapter Leader How did you hear about SSDP?  I heard about SSDP through my own research as a potential way for students to get more involved in the landscape of law reform regarding substance use! Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter?  I wanted to

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2
Jun

Introducing Heller School for Social Policy and Management SSDP

Written by Ali Carney ‘21, Heller School for Social Policy and Management SSDP Chapter Leader How did you hear about SSDP?  I heard about SSDP through volunteering with the organization Baystaters for Natural Medicine. Once I expressed the idea of starting some sort of drug policy working group at Heller, a colleague of mine brought SSDP to my attention once

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28
May

SSDP Press Release: Congress is Back for MORE to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

The reintroduction of the MORE Act would remove federal penalties for marijuana and seek to repair the harms caused by decades of racially biased policing. Today, leaders in the House of Representatives reintroduced a landmark bill to end federal marijuana prohibition and begin to repair the harms caused by decades of disproportionate arrests and prosecutions. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and

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27
May

The MORE Act Returns to Congress Tomorrow. Act Now.

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act is expected to be re-introduced in the House of Representatives tomorrow (May 28th).In 2020, the House made history by passing the MORE Act, which would end the criminalization of marijuana at the federal level and provide grants to communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. With a split Senate and ever-increasing

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25
May

SSDP Sign-On Letter To Support the MORE Act

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is circulating a sign-on letter for organizations and SSDP chapters to call on House representatives to co-sponsor the MORE Act and bring it to the floor in June. The impact of a simple marijuana arrest on a young person’s life can be drastic. Before the Higher Education Act Aid Elimination Penalty was removed, thousands of

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