2
Mar

Voting for #Sensible2021 sessions is open!

Here at Students for Sensible Drug Policy, we take our role as a grassroots organization seriously. That means involving you in our programmatic decisions. Right now, we’re in the process of developing sessions, speakers, and other content for #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference, our annual global conference taking place online April 29-May 2. We invited our network to submit their ideas,

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1
Mar

Introducing SSDP Huddersfield

This blog is written by Dominic Gill ‘21 & the SSDP Huddersfield Committee. Chapter Leader: Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. Hi, I’m Dominic and I am a final-year Politics student at the University of Huddersfield. I’ve only recently become interested in drug policy, and have been

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26
Feb

Introducing University of Surrey

This blog post was written by Izzy Watkins ‘21, Chapter Leader of SSDP University of Surrey. Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. I’m a 22 year old music student from the University of Surrey. Outside of SSDP I enjoy walking dogs, writing, playing music and doing voice
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23
Feb

SSDP Welcomes Jason Ortiz as Executive Director

Students for Sensible Drug Policy today announces Jason Ortiz, a long-standing alumnus who first became involved with SSDP in 2008, has been selected to serve as Executive Director.  “To have the opportunity to lead the organization that has been such a huge part of who I am today is both an honor and a dream come true”, said Ortiz, who

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22
Feb

Apply to become a candidate for SSDP’s Board of Directors

This year, the SSDP Congress will convene from April 8th – 9th, and provide each chapter in the network with the opportunity to elect new student members to the Board of Directors, and to vote on resolutions for the organizations.  ELECTING STUDENT MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS As a nonprofit organization, SSDP is governed by the Board of Directors.

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22
Feb

Submit a Session Proposal for #Sensible2021

We’re serious about Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s member-run nature. We want #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference speakers and sessions to reflect the amazing things SSDPers are working on and meet your needs as an organizer and activist. For the sixth year in a row, we’re calling on you to propose session ideas and vote on your favorites. Whether

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18
Feb

SSDP’s STEM in Congress List Has Launched

Edited by SSDP’s Scientific Research Issue Group Scientific and research-oriented approaches to drug policy in the United States have been historically lacking. The narratives around drugs and drug policy, especially in the 20th century, were heavily and almost exclusively dominated by police, border control, and politicians looking for punitive approaches to issues of public health, freedom, and human rights. Fortunately,

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16
Feb

Announcing #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference

We are thrilled to announce the international Students for Sensible Drug Policy conference, #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference will be taking place online Thursday, April 29th through Sunday, May 2nd, 2021. We’re excited to share that this year, the conference will feature four days of programming with a live awards ceremony and virtual dance party. Conference programming will include

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11
Feb

January 2021 Report Card

The Report Card is back! After taking a brief hiatus in January, we’re back to inform you on the exciting work SSDPers across the globe are doing.  This month SSDP International, our sister organization, held their Inaugural General Assembly. This historic moment for SSDP saw the election of the SSDP International founding Board of Directors, the adoption of a new

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11
Feb

Introducing the SSDP International Board & everything else you missed at the General Assembly

Students for Sensible Drug Policy International just held its first ever General Assembly and it was a brilliant success! Sincere thanks to Orsi Fehér and the Election Committee for making sure this event ran perfectly. Here’s everything you need to know… The Founding Board was Elected One of the primary functions of the General Assembly is to elect the Board
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5
Feb

Introducing New Ambassador at University of York

Written by Caspar Montgomery ’21, Ambassador at University of York Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to join SSDP. I’m a 21 year old, third year student of Philosophy at York, where I’m also the founding president of our Psychedelic Society. Otherwise, I live in the depths of Devon, where you’ll

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4
Feb

U.S. Members – Take Our Limited Drug Decriminalization Policy Position Survey

SSDP’s U.S. Policy Council is accepting feedback from our membership regarding our U.S. policy position on limited drug decriminalization measures, such as psilocybin decriminalization or ‘Decriminalize Nature’ campaigns. These measures range from decriminalizing certain plant-based psychedelics to making certain plant-based psychedelics lowest law enforcement priorities. Currently, “SSDP does not prioritize a strategy to decriminalize, legalize, or regulate currently illegal drugs

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3
Feb

SSDP African Orientation Training: Session Results and Feedback

In early December, the brand new SSDP Africa Orientation Training was launched, with the 5 well-prepared, eager, and motivated facilitators ready to train the first batch of participants and begin the task of certifying our members. Read about who they are and the creation of this training here. The first round of this training saw 12 participants in attendance of

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26
Jan

Psychedelic Exceptionalism vs. Decrim All

Written by Josh McMillin ‘20, Kat Ebert ‘18Edited by Abhi Dewan ‘18, Luis Montoya ‘16 After the 2020 election season, many of us were delighted to see that several US states passed historical initiatives for the progress of drug reform. Not long after, the UN rescheduled marijuana and the MORE act passed the house. The War on Drugs is steadily

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25
Jan

Introducing University of Michigan SSDP!

Written by Connor Flanigan ’20, UMich SSDP Chapter Leader How did you hear about SSDP? Was looking for ways to get involved with positive psychedelic legislation, and google did the rest. Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter? I wanted to help organize my local community in the ongoing efforts around drug policy.

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20
Jan

Introducing SSDP Newcastle

Written by chapter leader Sim Sembi ‘20 and the SSDP Newcastle chapter members.  Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. We are both intercalating medical students at Newcastle University. We wanted to restart SSDP Newcastle to represent the student voice in the reformation of the drug policy and

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19
Jan

Introducing SSDP Netherlands

Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests, and why you decided to start a chapter.  My name is Dennis Lemke. I am a 20-year-old student starting my first year of a Bachelor’s in Psychology (international track) at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I originally come from Germany, but moved to the Netherlands 5 months

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15
Jan

Introducing Our New Federal Policy Liaison!

We are excited to announce that Sarah Noon ‘18, who joined the leadership team of our U.S. Policy Council in December, is our new U.S. Federal Policy Liaison! Sarah will be primarily responsible for assisting the development and implementation of SSDP’s United States federal legislative strategies and co-facilitating our United States Policy Council.Sarah recently graduated from Oakland Community College, where

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12
Jan

Introducing California State University Fullerton

Written by Michael Baum ‘20, Chapter Leader of California State University Fullerton How did you hear about SSDP?  I heard about SSDP when looking through the MAPS website. Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter?  I wanted to get involved because I know a lot of people are harmed by the drug policies

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31
Dec

Today is your last chance to double your gift

Today is the last chance for gifts made to Students for Sensible Drug Policy to be doubled this year.  2020 is almost over, and I’m sure you’re as excited as I am to head into 2021. This year was filled with enormous challenges and tragedy. We’ve witnessed death and devastation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global civil unrest and upheaval,

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28
Dec

Your SSDP 2020 Wrapped: Our Top Ten of 2020

In spite of the many challenges of 2020, Students for Sensible Drug Policy made some incredible accomplishments this year. Through the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, upending of campus life, and rapid shifts in change-making strategies, we’ve seen our network members step up and reinvent the ways we organize. SSDP’s vision of a post-prohibition future where safety, justice, and

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22
Dec

Hear what our members say about the Psychedelic Career Pipeline

This year, Students for Sensible Drug Policy implemented our Psychedelic Pipeline Career Development Program as the first formal pathway for people interested in working in the psychedelic field to connect to professionals in the field with similar values, gain access to unique learning and training opportunities, and ultimately become leaders in the field of psychedelics.  The SSDP Psychedelic Pipeline provides

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21
Dec

Donate to SSDP and be entered to win an EVRI Starter Pack

This December, all gifts made to SSDP will be generously matched up to $55,000 by some of our staunchest supporters who know that ending the War on Drugs takes a grassroots network of young people fighting for sensible drug policy on their campuses, in their communities, and at national and international level.  We have some more exciting news: in addition

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21
Dec

Announcing SSDP International’s First General Assembly

We are thrilled to announce that SSDP International’s inaugural General Assembly will take place virtually on the 29th of January 2021. During the General Assembly, SSDP International will vote in it’s first cohort of board members, vote on bylaw changes, and vote on an amended international mission. Voting will open on the 26th of January and conclude during the General

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18
Dec

Introducing SSDP Rwanda

This is an interview with Justin Nkunzimana ‘20, chapter leader of SSDP Rwanda  Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. My name is Justin Nkunzimana and I am advocate for peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. I am student at the University of Rwanda and I am

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