Devon Tackels

5
Jun

NY Governor Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Public Marijuana Possession

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by legislators, district attorneys, and law enforcement officials, announced legislation that would make the penalties for private and public possession of small amounts of marijuana the same, thereby bringing consistency and fairness to New York State’s Penal Law. Governor Cuomo introduced this new legislation in order to save thousands of New Yorkers, who are

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1
Jun

AMPLIFYing Our Message

This past weekend, SSDP’s AMPLIFY team travelled to Chillicothe, Illinois to participate in the 12th annual Summer Camp Music Festival where several of our AMPLIFY artists were playing including Lotus, EOTO, Zoogma, Rubblebucket, and Indigo Sun. The AMPLIFY Project got invited back again, for the second year in a row, to participate in the Make A Difference tent. This is a space that

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18
May

SSDP Welcomes Saint Charles Community College Chapter!

Name: Duell Lauderdale School: Saint Charles Community College Position: Chapter Founder and President SSDP: How did you hear about SSDP?  Duell: I went to University of Missouri my freshman year of college before returning home to community college in St. Charles, MO. That year I was involved with NORML and along the way I learned that they were partnered with SSDP (at the

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10
May

Why Changing Campus Drug and Alcohol Policies Doesn't Mean an End to Federal Funding

Recently, we’ve noticed an alarming trend of lawmakers and university officials citing the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) as an obstacle impeding them from allowing sensible policy change on college campuses. They claim that by changing drug and alcohol policies on campus, they will risk being denied federal funding and other forms of financial aid from the U.S.

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7
May

SSDP Welcomes Oregon State University Chapter!

Name: Daniel Bauer School: Oregon State University Major: Botany SSDP: How did you hear about SSDP? Daniel: I had been doing personal research through the Internet on drug policy and drugeducation over the course of a few years. My favorite resource was www.Erowid.org and my searches there led me to MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. These two websites became

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7
May

Connecticut Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legislation

This past weekend, a bill to legalize marijuana as a palliative for the chronically ill was passed by the Connecticut State Senate. This now makes 17 states and the District of Columbia that have passed legislation in support of medical marijuana. The bill passed the Senate 21-13, passed the house 96-51, and is currently on its way to Governor Malloy’s

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2
May

DEA forgets about UCSD student in custody for 5 days without food or water

Daniel Chong, a 23 year old University of California San Diego student, was detained by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and then left for dead for five days without food or water. On April 21, Daniel was smoking marijuana with friends when DEA agents suddenly burst through the door of his friend’s apartment with guns drawn. Daniel was detained and

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17
Apr

Milton Friedman’s Century

2012 is the centennial of Milton Friedman’s birth, and the Free To Choose Network has organized a worldwide effort to celebrate the winning ideas of freedom. The Free to Choose network is offering organizations like SSDP, and our chapters, many ways to get involved in the celebration; including documentary screenings, speaking engagements, and a “what Milton means to me” video contest with a

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16
Apr

SSDP's AMPLIFY Project Summer Camp Contest

This summer, SSDP’s AMPLIFY Project is going to Summer Camp Music Festival, and we want you to come with us! Enter our online raffle for a chance to win one of 3, 3-day passes to the festival by donating $2 or more to SSDP today, and sharing our contest page on Facebook with your friends. So, what are you waiting for? Enter to win, and

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12
Apr

SSDP Welcomes SUNY Oswego Chapter

SSDP expanded it’s chapter network in New York this week with our latest chapter addition at SUNY Oswego. I got the chance to catch up with chapter founder, Daniel Perlin, about his experience with SSDP thus far, and this is what he had to say.   Name: Daniel Perlin School: SUNY Oswego Position: Chapter President SSDP: How did you hear about

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10
Apr

Organizing Tip of the Week: Empowering Others

Let’s face it, no matter how good of an activist you are, you cannot accomplish widespread policy change without the help and support of others. As leaders of today, we should be empowering the next generation of reformers to become new champions of our cause. In my experience there are a few simple things that can make a big difference

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30
Mar

Recognizing Excellence

Annually SSDP recognizes the outstanding achievements of our chapters, members, alumni, and supporters during our international conference. This past weekend, we were able to once again highlight the efforts of so many amazing individuals during our awards ceremony at our 13th International SSDP Conference in Denver, CO. See this years award recipients and a few pictures below! Campus Change Award: University

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10
Mar

SSDP Welcomes Eastern Michigan University Chapter!

This week, SSDP gained another chapter in the Wolverine State, at Eastern Michigan University! EMU SSDP is one of three chapters in Michigan, and they are working to bring a Lowest Law Enforcement Priority policy to their community. I was able to catch up with Luisa Scavo, EMU SSDP chapter president, and this is what she had to say about

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28
Feb

SSDP Welcomes Northeastern University School of Law Chapter!

This past week, our newest Law School chapter at Northeatern University School of Law joined our LSSDP network. Julie Roberts, current SSDP Executive Board member, founded the chapter and is leading NUSL SSDP with Co-President Jess Cochrane. I was able to catch up with Julie earlier this week, and here is what she had to say about her involvement with SSDP, and

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27
Feb

SSDP Students Seek to Unite Marijuana Law Reform Movements in Oregon and California

This past weekend, our students at the Lewis and Clark Law School and University of Southern California made SSDP history while hosting back to back marijuana legalization initiative forums in California and Oregon. With four initiatives currently circulating Oregon, and five in California, our students organized public forums to address the initiatives themselves, and unite cannabis reformers around one campaign

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14
Feb

Growing support to discuss marijuana legalization among students on the right [Video]

This past week, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) drew thousands of politically active minds to Washington, DC to highlight the discourse on the right side of the aisle. Each year, CPAC attracts more and more young people, students in particular, and this year there was noticeably stronger support and willingness to talk about reforming our nations’ drug policies among the those

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13
Feb

SSDP Welcomes SUNY-Adirondack Chapter!

SSDP welcomes our newest chapter at SUNY Adirondack! In just one week, the SUNY Adirondack chapter has become recognized by their administration, and are now working to enact sensible policies in their community. I got a chance to catch up with chapter founder, Adam DeBuque, and here is what he had to say about his involvement so far.   Name: Adam

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9
Feb

SSDP Welcomes Lawrence University Chapter!

SSDP’s chapter network grew this week with an addition at Lawrence University in Appelton, Wisconsin. I got the chance to catch up with chapter founder, Evan Johnson, about his work to start a new chapter. Here is what he had to say about his involvement with SSDP so far. Name: Evan Johnson School: Lawrence University Major: Government/ Russian Studies Chapter Position: President and Founder SSDP:

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7
Feb

Governor Quinn Signs Good Samaritan Bill into Illinois State Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield, IL – Yesterday, February 6th, Governor Quinn signed SB 1701 (known better as the Good Samaritan Policy or Overdose Immunity Bill), which has been on his desk since December 16th, marking the first time any policy of this sort has passed into law in Illinois.  In layman’s terms, it establishes extended rights for drug offenders calling on behalf

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19
Jan

SSDP Welcomes Northwestern University Chapter!

SSDP at Northwestern is the newest addition to our diverse Midwest chapter network. This week I was able to catch up with chapter leader Frances Fu about her involvement with SSDP. This is what she has to say about her experience so far. SSDP: How did you hear about SSDP?  Frances: I heard about SSDP from James Kowalsky, the president of

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13
Jan

University of Southern California Joins SSDP Chapter Network

Name: Steven Hwang and Alex Norby School: University of Southern California Major: BA Human Performance & BA Political Science Chapter Position: Co-Founders SSDP: How did you hear about SSDP? Steven and Alex: I heard about SSDP during my sophomore year (2010) when Prop 19 was gaining momentum in California. I was determined to get involved and a few students on campus

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12
Jan

Organizing Tip of the Week

As a student organization, having funding makes a tremendous difference in the ability to organize successfully and accomplish your goals. You can use money to buy materials, host speakers, hold events on campus, or travel to SSDP’s 13th Annual National Conference in Denver this March. If your chapter is recognized by your school, you likely have the opportunity to apply for university

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11
Jan

Announcing Western Washington University SSDP!

This week, our newest chapter at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA became officially recognized by their university administration. After ending an 8 month struggle to get their chapter recognized and off the ground, this is what chapter leader Matt Hilliard has to say about his experience. Name: Matthew Hilliard School: Western Washington University Major: Political Science Chapter Position: Chapter Coordinator   SSDP: How did you hear

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4
Jan

Talking Marijuana in New Hampshire

This week, SSDP sent dozens of students to New Hampshire to attend the 2012 College Convention, a four-day gathering of current presidential candidates in Concord, New Hampshire. Our students are working to get presidential candidates on the record regarding their views on reforming our current drug policies. This afternoon, some SSDP members traveled to a local town hall meeting in Concord,

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29
Dec

Organizing Tip of the Week: Collecting Feedback

Organizing tip of the Week: Collecting Feedback One of the best ways to determine if you are doing a good job as a student organizer is to ask for feedback from your peers. Obtaining constructive feedback from your chapter members, alumni, or supporters is extremely useful and overall will help you improve your skills as an organizer. You should always

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