Announcing SSDP2019 keynote speakers

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The keynote speakers for our biggest event of the year, SSDP2019: The Global Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference, will center our conference experience in the most profound questions facing our members and movement:  

Rick Doblin, Ph.D, Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, will share his insider perspective on progress being made in the realm of psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Steven Hawkins, JD, Executive Director of Marijuana Policy Project, will speak about the complicated journey toward a world without cannabis prohibition — and how SSDPers can influence it.

Antwan Jefferson, Ph.D, a professor at University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development, will address the importance of a radical approach to navigating diverse social justice spaces and will unveil a new tool for the SSDP network to engage in racial justice work.

Of course, we’ll be bringing back the ever-inspiring Lived Experiences plenary, and hearing from Chicagoans about local responses to the overdose crisis and criminalization of people who use drugs. SSDP2019 will also feature 28 breakout sessions on cutting edge drug policy reform topics such as drug checking, consent at the intersection of sex and drug use, harm reduction for highly stigmatized drugs, pharmaceutical policy, global drug policy, and the cannabis industry, for starters. We’ll also get our hands dirty in skills-building workshops on campaign planning, movement building on campus, and resumes and job interviews.

So, what are you waiting for? Registration is open now, and early bird discounts expire on February 1st, so register today!

Check out our Get There page for tons of resources on how to finance your trip, including scholarship opportunities.

Can’t wait to see you in Chicago!