Devon Tackels

4
Jan

Reflections on Hempstravaganza

Written By: Samantha Goldman In April of 2011, I would have never dreamed that I would coordinate a week of events the following April to educate my peers at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York about the wrongful prohibition of industrial hemp growth in America under marijuana laws and the plant’s potential economic, health, and environmental benefits. It was my

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28
Dec

AMPLIFY Artist Interview with Jason Takahashi of Papadosio

  Brian Gilbert of the AMPLIFY Project recently caught up with Jason Takahashi, the wizard behind Papadosio’s incredible live visual show, after Earth Night 2012 a pioneering 2-day celebration put on in conjunction with SolPurpose, Julie North, and the Kickin’ It art collective. Earth Night both combined & celebrated music, spirituality, community and activism through a blend of live music,

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12
Dec

AMPLIFY Project Interview with EOTO

Brian Gilbert & Brooke Napier, National Outreach Coordinators for the AMPLIFY Project, asked Jason Hann of EOTO & The String Cheese Incident a few questions last week about the recent passage of Amendment 64 and how the music community can encourage youth to get involved in the political process.   BG: First off, thank you so much taking the time

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30
Nov

SSDP Welcomes University of Pennsylvania Chapter

We are very pleased to announce the establishment of our newest chapter at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA! Chapter Leader Annie Liu is very excited to get to work educating the campus about the failures of the drug war and host informational events and speakers on campus starting this Spring. UPenn SSDP joins the growing list of Ivy

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29
Nov

AMPLIFY Project Interview with Big Gigantic

Brooke Napier, National Outreach Coordinator for the AMPLIFY Project, asked Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic a few questions last week about the recent passage of Amendment 64 and how the music community can encourage youth to get involved in the political process. Thank you for taking the time before tonight’s show to talk with me! Amendment 64 in your home

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16
Nov

Truth or D.A.R.E.?

I recently read several reports that the D.A.R.E. program would be “dropping marijuana” from their curriculum. These started to surface on election day last week, and with the passage of Amendment 64 and I-502 the rumors continued to spread. At first, after hearing this, I was somewhat excited, but then I stopped to think about it for a second. Why

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15
Nov

Daughter of Jon Bon Jovi Overdosed, Arrested

This past weekend, Stephanie Bongiovi, the daughter of rock superstar Jon Bon Jovi, was one of two students arrested on drug charges on campus at Hamilton College. Paramedics responded to a call about a female who had supposedly overdosed on heroin and was unresponsive in a campus dorm building. When police arrived, they found a small amount of heroin and

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9
Nov

Ypsilanti Passes Lowest Law Enforcement Initiative Priority

Amongst all of the amazing things that happened for drug policy reformers nationwide this week, another sensible policy was passed that you may not have heard about. Our students at Eastern Michigan University crafted a city-wide ballot initiative to pass a lowest law enforcement priority for marijuana in the city of Ypsilanti. Over the past semester they gathered the signatures

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9
Nov

2012 Midwest Regional SSDP Conference This Weekend

This weekend, our chapter at the University of Michigan will be hosting the 2012 Midwest Regional SSDP Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This conference serves to unite the Midwest SSDP chapter network for a weekend of education, discussion, networking, training workshops, and expert presentations aimed to help us refine our skills as advocates for ending the destructive war on drugs. We

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26
Oct

SSDP Endorses Initiative 502, Washington’s Historic Marijuana Regulation Ballot Measure

Students for Sensible Drug Policy endorses Initiative 502, Washington’s historic marijuana regulation ballot measure, which will make the state among the first in the nation to license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession, for persons over twenty-one years of age. I-502 will be an important milestone in reforming the failed policies of the U.S. War on Drugs. As representatives

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15
Oct

SUNY New Paltz SSDP Helps Pass Call 911-Good Samaritan Policy

By: SUNY New Paltz SSDP Administrators at the State University of New York at New Paltz have agreed to include in the new 2012-2013 Student Handbook a Good Samaritan Policy, which seeks to protect students from disciplinary action for underage drinking or drug possession when calling for help in a medical emergency. New Paltz SSDP worked to enact this policy during the 2011-2012 school

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4
Oct

Join Us In Michigan

This year, our chapter at the University of Michigan invites you to be a part of the 2012 Midwest Regional SSDP Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The conference will be taking place on the University of Michigan campus,on November 10th, 2012. Early Bird registration is now available until October 15th, so please register today. This conference serves to unite the Midwest

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27
Sep

Transcending the Traditional SSDP Activist Model

Northwestern University SSDP chapter leader, Frances Fu, is making headlines at her university today for the amazing work she has been doing on campus to educate students about the failed policies associated with the drug war. After attending the 2011 Midwest Regional SSDP Conference at Roosevelt University last December, Frances re-started the Northwestern chapter, and has been making big progress

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25
Sep

The 2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference Is Almost Here!

This weekend, over 100 student drug policy reformers, alumni, and supporters alike will convene in Providence, Rhode Island at Brown University for the 2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference. This year, our theme is “Talk It Up”, and we plan to discuss many aspects of the drug war and student activism. This gathering will unite the northeast SSDP chapter network for

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16
Aug

The 2012 HIGH TIMES Guide to Higher Education

HIGH TIMES is proud to present their annual ranking of America’s top institutions of higher education when it comes to marijuana activism. With medical cannabis laws spreading rapidly nationwide, and full legalization on the ballot in three states (Colorado, Washington, and Oregon) this November, students have been playing a vital role in ending the War on Drugs. Naturally, they are

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16
Aug

2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference

Register Today!  This year, our chapter at Brown University invites you to be a part of the 2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference will be taking place on the Brown University campus, from September 28-29th, 2012. This conference serves to unite the northeast SSDP chapter network for a weekend of education, discussion, networking, training workshops,  and expert

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8
Aug

Going Back to School in SSDP Style

Over the next few weeks, thousands of SSDPers will be returning to campuses across the US, and our international outreach team has been hard at work getting prepared for the hustle bustle of the 2012-2013 school year. We have some exciting things to announce, and we hope that our work will make it easy for you to transition back to

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17
Jul

Feds Target Harborside Health Center

Take action today. Last week, we found out that the California US Attorney’s office plans to seize the properties of Harborside Health Center (Oakland and San Jose) under federal laws that strictly prohibit the distribution of marijuana.This forfeiture is part of a widespread escalating federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries across California that has resulted in hunudreds of dispensaries being

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9
Jul

SSDP Featured in US News and World Report

Today, our Executive Director, Aaron Houston, is featured in the US News and World Report Debate Club, discussing the failed policies of America’s longest war: the war on drugs. Check out the article, and if you like it, please upvote the article on their website.

29
Jun

The ‘Cannabis Cannibal’ and Social Psychosis

Yesterday, we all found out that Miami’s “Causeway Cannibal”, Rudy Eugene, wasn’t actually found to have any traces of “bath salts” in his system. The news came after the release of his long awaited toxicology report. The lone substance found was marijuana. Mr. Eugene has now gone from “Causeway Cannibal” to “Cannabis Cannibal” in a few news stories about the

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27
Jun

Chicago City Council Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

Earlier today, the Chicago City Council voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal possession. The one sided final vote was 43-3, which will allow Chicago Police the ability to write possession citations as early as this July. Citations will be written with police discretion ranging from $250 to $500, for the personal possession of 15 grams of marijuana

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19
Jun

Prohibition: Maybe It Will Work This Time?

              Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration published this press release commending Congress on passing an amendment to the the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act that bans a host of chemical compounds. I wouldn’t exactly call it innovative, but rather more of the same failed ideology that we have come to expect

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14
Jun

Major Marijuana Reform in the Northeast

Last night, Governor Chafee signed Rhode Island’s decriminalization bill into law, officially making the Ocean State the 15th state to pass marijuana decriminalization. With this new legislation, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by any individual 18 years or older will result in a non-arrestable civil offense punishable by a $150 fine. This means no jail time, no

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8
Jun

An Open Letter To Politicians Who Have Yet To Endorse Legalizing Marijuana

Written By: Sam Chapman, Oregon SSDP State Coordinator Politicians have continued to skirt conversations revolving around marijuana since what would seem to be the beginning of time, until now. A few weeks ago marked a major turning point in politics regarding the public stances on marijuana taken by politicians. Oregon’s Attorney General race in May proved itself to be a

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6
Jun

Rhode Island House and Senate Vote to Pass Marijuana Decriminalization

Last night, Rhode Island State Assembly members voted to decriminalize the personal possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in the Ocean State. The House passed the bill 50-24, and then the Senate endorsed the legislation 28-6. The legislation will now move to be signed by both chambers, and then it heads to the desk of Governor Lincoln Chafee. Rhode Island

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