SSDP Statement on Breonna Taylor

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is enraged and disturbed over the decision made by the grand jury in the murder of Breonna Taylor to indict just one out of three officers involved with charges that were unrelated to her death. However, we are not surprised. The system that killed Breonna ...
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SSDP Opens International Office

Students for Sensible Drug Policy has opened its International Office in Vienna, Austria. This historical move is an important step in the restructuring of SSDP's Global Programs and will help SSDP’s operations become more reflective of the network’s global nature. Our new office is located at Impact Hub Vienna, an ...
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Introducing SSDP’s United States Policy Council

Written by Abhi Dewan ‘18 and Rob Hofmann ‘16 Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s success in changing drug policy relies on the tireless work of our grassroots network of youth advocates who are passionate about the change they want to see in their world. That change has taken place on ...
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Today Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Controlled Substances Act

Written by Abhi Dewan ‘18, U.S. Federal Policy Liaison 50 years ago today, the House of Representatives voted to list marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance, escalating the war on marijuana. Last week, the House was poised to remedy injustice for those impacted, but instead chose to postpone their ...
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Register to vote on National Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy is partnering with the Cannabis Voter Project to make sure you’re registered to vote. If cannabis is important to you, then it’s critical to be an active and informed voter. In less than two minutes, you can register ...
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Bringing young people to the forefront of the AIDS response

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is currently in the process of developing its next Strategy for 2021 and beyond - and members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and Youth RISE are making sure the voice of young people who use drugs is heard, and considerations ...
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SSDP Statement on MORE Act Vote Postponement

Delaying the MORE Act is Postponing Justice for those Harmed by Marijuana Prohibition Students for Sensible Drug Policy is disappointed in the announcement to postpone the U.S. House vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Opportunity (MORE) Act (HR 3884), which had been announced for a vote the week of ...
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Action Alert: Young People Deserve MORE!

As those of you who participated in our Schooling Congress on Drug Policy week of action know, the United States House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act the week of September 21st. The MORE Act is a comprehensive bill to end ...
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August 2020 Report Card

This school year, many of our student members are starting their semesters during an unprecedented pandemic, with confusing campus reopening timelines, virtual classes, and a long lasting separation from their friends and fellow drug policy reformers. Despite the intense challenges of organizing during this time, our chapters and our members ...
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Statement of Solidarity with the People of Belarus

The featured image on this article was sourced from Legalize Belarus and their accounts of the early days of the protests. See their article here.  Today marks the 32nd consecutive day of protests marked by an unprecedented level of police brutality in the country of Belarus. The demonstration period erupted ...
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Announcing our Interim Executive Directors

We are thrilled to announce that Rachel Wissner and Luis Montoya will be serving as Interim Executive Directors until the next Executive Director is hired. Luis Montoya ‘16 first joined SSDP as a member of the Florida International University chapter. He attended SSDP2016 and was blown away by this network ...
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Take Action: School Congress on Drug Policy

Written by Abhi Dewan '18 and Robert Hofmann '16 Schooling Congress on Drug Policy, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy United States Policy Council’s first week of action starts Tuesday, September 8th. We will be focusing on developing the work of the U.S. Policy Council and sharing action links to ...
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Join SSDP for the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit

Students for Sensible Drug Policy are joining forces with Tam Integration for the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit, September 17-21, 2020. The first online summit centered around the myth, magic, culture, and science of psilocybin mushrooms, the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit will show how experts engage with protocols designed to elicit ...
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Written by the SSDP Board of Directors After 7 years at Students for Sensible Drug Policy, now former Executive Director Betty Aldworth *12 is providing consulting services, and we’re looking to pass the torch to a talented leader who is passionate about ending the War on Drugs. SSDP’s student- and ...
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Chiri Choukeir '20

Global Member Highlight: Chiri Choukeir ’20

Jacob Chagnon ‘17: This week, we bring you a special edition of our global Member Highlights, intended to showcase the activists working in tandem with the drug policy reform movement. Moreover, we aim to emphasize the fact that you need not be a student, or formally affiliated with SSDP, to ...
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Check out the #Sensible2020 Conference session videos

The #Sensible2020: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference sessions are available on our conference website for you to watch, listen, and enjoy. We’d like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all of the speakers, moderators, and panelists for dedicating time to make these important conversations happen. If you would like to request ...
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Beatrix Vas and Ruby Rose Lawlor, our two new interns!

Welcoming two new interns to the SSDP Global team

Two weeks ago, we welcomed two new interns to support our team in the creation of our daughter office in Vienna. Beatrix Vas ‘19 - Global Development Intern Beatrix is primarily responsible for developing and implementing strategies to grow the capacity of the Global Program and assess new opportunities for ...
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We’re hiring a Digital Communications Intern!

Have you ever wanted to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy? We’re hiring a Digital Communications intern! Working for SSDP is a great opportunity to serve our network of students and young people who are leading the charge to end the disastrous War on Drugs and heal the harms ...
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Farewell from Stacia

Today is my last day working for Students for Sensible Drug Policy after being hired right out of college 11 years ago. It’s hard for me to put into words how much this organization means to me, but I’m going to give it a shot. Even on the most difficult ...
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Youth at risk and youth on show – Young people’s engagement in global drug policy reform

By Beatrix Vas '19, SSDP Global Development Intern & SSDP Budapest Chapter Leader In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 12th of August International Youth Day, intended to draw attention to and celebrate young people’s actions and achievements towards creating a better world for all. The theme of ...
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