Frances Fu

23
May

SSDP Welcomes the California State Polytechnic University Pomona Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce Matthew Company, the chapter leader of SSDP at California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Read on to learn more about why he and his leadership team got involved with SSDP! Why did you want to get involved in SSDP? Many substances should be decriminalized and studied so that we can reduce drug-related crimes and promote further study of

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19
May

May Monthly Mosaic: Mental Health and the Drug War

In 1980, there were 40,900 people incarcerated for drug offenses; by 2013, this number increased to 489,000. The vast majority of drug arrests are for possession, leaving the criminal justice system to address substance use and addiction, which it often does inadequately at best. According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report issued in 2006, slightly more than half

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12
May

SSDP Welcomes the Willamette University College of Law Chapter

Meet the chapter leaders of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Willamette University College of Law! Adam Mentzer 1. What does drug policy reform mean to you? Drug policy reform means to me a total change in the way that our legislators view and deal with drug policy as well as an end to marijuana prohibition by the federal government.

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7
May

SSDP Welcomes the Calabasas High School Chapter

Meet Adison Justis, the chapter leader of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Calabasas High School. Why did you want to get involved with SSDP? After growing up being inaccurately taught by school programs that all drugs will either ruin your life or kill you only to later realize that this is completely inaccurate, I want to help change the education

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21
Apr

Anthony Carrasco of UC Berkeley Wins ASUC Senate Seat

Anthony Carrasco is a sophomore studying Legal Studies and Political Science with a Public Policy minor. Just last week, he was elected as a member of the ASUC Senate with political party SQUELCH! in a race amongst 70 candidates. “What originally got me interested in the campaign was when we started talking about Good Samaritan Policies in SSDP. It was

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21
Apr

SSDP Welcomes the University of California Los Angeles Chapter

Meet Christian Kramme, the chapter leader of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at University of California Los Angeles. He is a sophomore majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. About two years ago, he started Green Box Medical Nonprofit with his father, a company that aims to sell cannabis through the  vending machine, an innovation fit for the changing cannabis

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15
Apr

April Monthly Mosaic: The #SSDP2016 Issue

  It’s conference time! Today marks the first day of SSDP2016—the biggest and best SSDP conference we’ve had to date. With UNGASS 2016—a United Nations’ General Assembly special session on “the world drug problem”—around the corner, drug policy reformers from around the world have been working overtime mobilizing, strategizing, and strengthening their coordinated efforts to change global perceptions and policy

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10
Apr

SSDP Welcomes the University of Santa Cruz Chapter

Meet Richard Hartnell, our newest SSDP chapter leader at the University of California Santa Cruz. Why did you want to get involved with SSDP? My ulterior motive is that I want to get involved in psychedelic research — it holds too many clues related to my other interests (consciousness, movement, flow & peak experiences). For as long as psychedelic research is

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17
Mar

Host a Global Psychedelic Dinner for MAPS

Host a Global Psychedelic Dinner This April to Help Make Psychedelic Therapy a Legal Treatment By hosting a Global Psychedelic Dinner this April, you’ll join people around the world in gathering your community, hosting an open, personal conversation about psychedelics, and helping the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)’ raise $400,000 for the purchase of one kilogram of pharmaceutical-grade (GMP)

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15
Mar

March Monthly Mosaic: Women and the War on Drugs

Women and the War on Drugs Though men are often seen as the primary targets of the drug war, women have long been on the frontlines. Women comprise one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. prison population. Two-thirds of women in federal prison are there for nonviolent drug offenses. Three quarters are mothers—many of them sole caregivers. Pregnant women

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7
Mar

Lightning Speeches at #SSDP2016

This year, at SSDP2016, Students for Sensible Drug Policy is looking for a few passionate SSDP students or recently graduated alumni to bring their “Vision for a Post-Prohibition World” during our first-ever Lightning Talks session. The event will take place at the end of Sunday, April 17  at 6pm  to close out SSDP2016, an event that will bring together hundreds

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7
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the Portland State University Chapter

Meet Cody Prouty, the chapter leader of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Portland State University. He is currently a 3rd year studying biochemistry and psychology. Cody has always been interested in pharmacology, drug policy, and how stigma and misconceptions around drugs and drug users arise. This summer, he watched a lecture given by David Nutt and Amanda Fielding from

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22
Feb

February Monthly Mosaic: Black Lives Matter and the War on Drugs

Black Lives Matter and the War on Drugs The War on Drugs was founded on racist principles, so it’s no surprise that the movement to reform drug policy has strong ties to the civil rights movement for people of color. However, with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the implicit racism inherent in the War on Drugs has

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16
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Golden Gate University School of Law Chapter

Meet Kenneth Seligson, a 1L at Golden Gate University School of Law. Originally from Middletown, New York, he has witnessed the effects of the drug war all his life, from seeing one of his closest friends die from MDMA use, having to send a family member to rehab, and to experiencing the legal consequences of the war on drugs firsthand.

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14
Jan

January Monthly Mosaic: New Year's Resolutions

January Monthly Mosaic New Year’s Resolutions Happy New Year from SSDP’s Diversity Awareness, Response and Education Committee! While we usually use this space to educate about an area of intersectionality with drug policy, in celebration of the new year, this Monthly Mosaic is dedicated to some New Year’s resolutions we’re making. We hope you’ll not only join us, but share

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12
Jan

SSDP Campaign Toolkits 2016

It’s 2016! With the arrival of the new year, Students for Sensible Drug Policy is excited to share with you four brand new campaign toolkits – all can be found on the Campaign Toolkits page. Psychedelic (Entheogenic) Legalization Toolkit This year, millions of people will use psychedelics for the first time, with little to no information about harm reduction, and

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21
Dec

December Monthly Mosaic: Religion and the Drug War

Note: You may have received this email blast by mistake today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you are interested in receiving these emails, please email Frances at frances@ssdp.org. Thank you! In the modern American context, religious communities are often viewed as natural enemies of drug policy reform. However, not only is there a growing movement

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16
Dec

SSDP Welcomes the University of California Irvine Chapter

Meet Daniel Yee, the chapter leader of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at University of California Irvine. He is a second year studying Anthropology. He found out at Students for Sensible Drug Policy through MAPS. He wanted to get involved with drug policy reform because he thought there was a big need for people to be educated about issues pertaining

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8
Dec

SSDP Welcomes Lewis and Clark Law School Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce Kaitlyn Dent, the founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Lewis and Clark Law School. Kaitlyn is originally from Michigan. She double majored in Psychology and Film & Theatre as an undergraduate in Northern California, and is now a 2L in law school in Portland at Lewis and Clark Law School. “A sensible drug policy to

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8
Dec

ANOTHER VIEW: Federal Marijuana Laws Keep Medical Pot From The Veterans Who Need It

Written by Board of Directors Vice Chair, Lauren Mendelsohn From the Gazettes: As more states move towards legalizing marijuana for adult use, people tend to forget that for many people suffering from debilitating diseases, even medical cannabis access is still a major challenge. Nowhere is this injustice more clear than for military veterans. Doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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30
Nov

SSDP Welcomes the University of California Santa Barbara Chapter

I am thrilled to introduce the new chapter leaders of SSDP at University of California Santa Barbara, Cole Garcia and Ashcon Minoiefar. Cole is a second year studying Pharmacology with an emphasis on Neuroscience. Ashcon is a third year studying History of Public Policy. The two of them come to Students for Sensible Drug Policy with very different interests, but

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16
Nov

November 2015 Monthly Mosaic: Transgender Awareness and the Drug War

Transgender Awareness and the Drug War On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ movement. Forty-six years later, to the month,  the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, a historic victory that has opened up the way for further reforms. Just as marijuana legalization can be considered the “face” of the drug policy reform

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5
Nov

SSDP Welcomes the Bakersfield College Chapter

I am thrilled to introduce Camila Gerardi of Bakersfield College chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. She is a third year at Bakersfield studying Criminal Justice with an interest in drug peer education. She hopes to transfer to a school in Colorado next year to continue her studies in criminal justice. Camila decided to get involved with Students for

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20
Oct

SSDP Party Guide: Halloween Edition

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about drug policy (and drug use). During the holiday season, alcohol and drug use rates often increase, especially on campus. Students for Sensible Drug Policy does not condone nor condemn drug use; rather, we realize that it is a reality on our campuses and in our communities. We know

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13
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Humboldt State University Chapter

Meet Daniela Vargas, a Political Science major entering her senior year at Humboldt State University. She has been involved with Model UN of the Far West for five years now, and found out about Students for Sensible Drug Policy through our upcoming Model UNGASS. Her goal for this year is to start and establish a well-run chapter of SSDP before

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