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

Projects:

  • TODAY – Introduction to U.S Policy Council #Sensible2021 Conference Session at 2:30 PM EST
  • Training Library coming in June- Appropriations Series – Four parts to be uploaded. More details coming soon.
  • 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 and sign-on letters can be found here

Please consider taking a quick moment to share and use the Action Center

Do you have a state/province, national/federal, or international action you want endorsed or to be listed on the SSDP Action Center? Email policy@ssdp.org and we can help you set that up!

Issue Group Updates & Relevant Highlights:

Cannabis

  • Act
    • SAFE Banking Act in Senate
    • Senate Marijuana Legalization Bill Coming Soon
    • Connecticut Legalization Bill HB 6377 (important protections for youth justice! Share with those who live in CT!
    • NORML Action Center

Drug Decrim

  • Working on drug decriminalization model resolution for SSDP members

Harm Reduction

  • New Board member Lunadelmar Suescun is looking to do some work to revive this group!

Scientific Research

  • Act – Ask Your U.S. Representatives to Support Increased NIH & NSF Funding for FY2022
  • Eliminate Schedule I Research Ban – Action Coming Soon

Global Drug Policy and UN Advocacy

  • Creating sign-on letter to fight aerial crop eradication in Latin America

Sentencing, Re-entry, and Juvenile Justice Reform

To Share – Social Media, Reports, and Toolkits:

Recordings:

SSDP International Executive Director, Roisin Downes, speaks at CND

 “Why States Should Raise the Minimum Age for Prosecuting Children in Juvenile Court.”– Raise The Age Webinar Recording 

Watch the Fentanyl Analogues Symposium. On March 16, 2021, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center hosted a virtual symposium titled Prioritizing Science Over Fear: An Interdisciplinary Response to Fentanyl Analogues.

Tactical Team Updates:

  • 2 new members added to the team! Board Secretary, Marlo Holguin and Executive Director, Jason Ortiz 
  • SSDP MORE Act chapter sign-on letter coming soon
  • Looking for volunteers to help schedule/attend meetings for our Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations requests- if interested contact policy@ssdp.org

Highlights in the News:

Cannabis-Related Highlights: