Consider running for SSDP’s board of directors! There are 5 seats opening up this year, so if you think you have what it takes to serve, apply today. Deadline is 11:59 (PST) March 25, 2016. Application: http://bit.ly/21EQql7 Details: http://bit.ly/1XWrdAs For questions or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent chapter accomplishments Mountain Region Boise State University SSDP hosted a public forum on New Approach Idaho’s medical marijuana ballot initiative, and chapter members from the College of Western Idaho attended, along with community members from across the state. Eight students from four different Colorado schools (Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Naropa
We want to expand the SSDP network in California in 2016 and we’re looking to our best student activists to help make that happen! Are you an SSDP rockstar in California? Do you think you can build a chapter (or 3) at a neighboring school? Do you like money as well as the intrinsic reward of recruiting the next class of SSDPers? If you answered
Here’s what’s going on in the SSDP network this month: Recent chapter accomplishments Midwest Region Luke Zona from Bowling Green State University took his naloxone recommendations to the university chief of police, fire, and public health, and they thought it was such a good idea they’re beginning to work to implement it in the entire county. Reid Murdoch and Sam
Domestic Violence and the Drug War October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Conceived of by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, DVAM finds its roots in the “Day of Unity,” first observed in October 1981 with the intent of connecting advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity
Check out the experiences of these four rockstar SSDPers who interned through SSDP’s Career Services Program: Stephanie Freeman (CUNY Law) This summer, I had the privilege of working with Rose and Thorn Consulting through the Students for Sensible Drug Policy internship program. As a law student, I was able to approach this policy based internship with a unique perspective. During
Written by Ericka Persson The SSDP internship program aims at being completely inclusive in preparing its pupils for the business world. In addition to working with your respective company, weekly check-ins guarantee engaged advisors who personally know you and your schedule. The program is extremely accommodating to the hectic life of a student, which is absolutely invaluable considering the many
Written by Leo Leon An internship is a way to gain experience and connections to an industry college students plan on being a part of. For most students, they’re seen as a glimpse at what the “adult” life is really like. I was fortunate enough to land my first internship with 4Front Ventures through the SSDP internship program this past spring and it
Save the date: we’ve partnered up with a new organization called the 920 Coalition to host a nationwide coordinated day of action on 9/20! The purpose of this day of action is to raise awareness of and bring attention to the versatile and often misunderstood psilocybin compound (aka Magic Mushrooms). What’s so great about psilocybin? For starters, it has shown promise in end
Written by Eric Casey, University of Rhode Island I had an amazing time being involved in the SSDP internship program. SSDP played an extremely important role in my college experience, and it was great that it could also play a role in assisting me in finding a career as well. The classes put on during my internship program were a
This semester, we hosted five regional conferences; in our Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast regions. In addition, our Irish SSDP chapter network held their 2nd annual regional conference in Dublin! Pacific The 2015 SSDP Pacific Regional Conference was held on March 14-15th at California State University Fullerton. Students, alumni, and allies from across the Pacific region convened in
Check out these great internship opportunities from O.penVAPE! All three positions are located in Denver, CO and come with a $250/month stipend. The internships span from June 1st through August (end dates are flexible based on your academic calendar). Position 1: Operations & Logistics Intern Reports to: Andrew Rexroad & Crystal Hoffman Responsibilities conducting meaningful data analyses compiling project documentation
The Students for Sensible Drug Policy staff is growing again! Our three full-time new staffers and three summer interns will be responsible for supporting huge projected growth in our chapter network, exciting new projects for the 2015 – 2016 school year, and expanding our offices beyond DC. It’s going to take bright, energetic people to fill these roles and help
How do I apply for a scholarship? Fill out the form here: https://www.etouches.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=117810& You will need a code to register. Please contact your chapter leader or your Outreach Coordinator for your code. When is the deadline to apply? Friday May 22, 2015 Update: the deadline is now 11:59pm EST August 1, 2015. Should I register first or apply for
We’ve just announced our 2015 Regional Conference locations! Regional conferences are a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with SSDPers from your region. While typically not as large the national conferences, the regionally-focused nature of the event allows students to focus more on local and state issues. In chronological order: Pacific (March 14-15): http://ssdp.org/events/2015-pacific-regional-conference/ Mid-Atlantic (March 27-29): http://ssdp.org/events/2015-mid-atlantic-regional-conference/ Midwest (April
Written by SSDP Board Member Eric Sterling When I was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary in the 1980s, I had a front-row seat to the buildup of the War on Drugs. And since 1989, I’ve been fighting on the front lines to end that war through my work at the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and
We’ve just announced the dates and locations for our Spring 2015 Regional SSDP Conferences!Everyone is encouraged to attend whichever and as many conferences as they like. You do NOT have to be a student to attend, and you do NOT have to belong to a particular region to attend that region’s conference. If you’re not sure which region you’re in,
The holiday season is almost upon us, and now is the perfect time to make your holiday shopping count towards making the world a more sensible place! We have listed below two of the ways you can donate to SSDP simply by shopping for the things you buy anyway: Sign up today at iGive.com and an average of 3%
Hello again SSDP rock stars! Here is your October installment of our monthly Chapter Leaders Newsletter. It’s packed with information and updates from all over the SSDP network. Please make sure to forward these newsletters along to your chapter members. We want to make sure every SSDP student is in the know and that they get the resources they need!
Which issues will we be lobbying for at the SSDP2014 Lobby Day? On Monday 9/29, we’ll be meeting with our elected officials to urge their support for two important pieces of federal legislation. The Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410) reduces prison costs and populations by creating fairer, less costly minimum terms for nonviolent drug offenders. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act (H.R.1523)
The University of Connecticut SSDP chapter hosts a weekly radio show in which they discuss drug policy, student activism, organizing, and other intersecting topics. These shows air for half an hour on the UConn radio station, WHUS. Below are excerpts of past episodes. 2/27/14: Regulate Rhode Island: https://soundcloud.com/uconn-ssdp/ssdpradio-2-27-14 SSDP Radio interviews Jared Moffat, director of the Regulate Rhode Island tax
Students and SSDPers – Do you want to serve on SSDP’s Board of Directors? Run for one of five open Student Director positions during Congress at the September conference! Requirements: In order to apply/run for a student position on SSDP’s Board of Directors, you must be currently enrolled, part-time or full-time, in graduate school, college, or high school.
Our biennial SSDP Conference is a life-changing, transformative educational experience for the students in our network. We want nothing more than to ensure that as many of our students as possible are able to attend. You can help us do that by making a small tax-deductible contribution which will go directly to our students. They would like to share their
This week, we asked you to contact your Representatives regarding three historic amendments to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: the first to prohibit the DEA from using funds to target legal medical marijuana patients, and another to remove barriers to the cultivation of industrial hemp in states where it is legal. Your action made a difference: last