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16
Mar

How the #SSDP2018 Hype Can Help You

Making the Most Out of the Experience of an SSDP Conference Written by Amy Hildebrand, Illinois State Policy Intern The annual SSDP International Conference is nothing short of a whirlwind. A weekend that is filled with moving speakers and impactful panels, reunions with old friends and internet friends and the blossoming of new collaborations, communities and cohorts. I think we

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30
Jan

The Conference Crash is Real! How to Decompress after #SSDP2017 – From the Archive

Written by SSDP Alum Irina Alexander. Originally posted March 30, 2017 3 days?! Was that really just 3 days? No way. It’d be against the rules of physics to squeeze that many new lifelong friendships, moving stories, cuddle (and huddle) puddles, and most inspiring panels in SSDP history all into the finite confines of 72 hours… right? If you’re like

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10
Jan

SSDP Congress 2018: Call for Student Directors and Chapter Resolutions

From Friday, March 2nd to Monday, March 5th, 2018, SSDP will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary at SSDP2018, this year’s International SSDP Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In line with our values of democracy, transparency, and accountability, SSDP Congress convenes annually to give each chapter in the network the opportunity to elect new student members to the Board of Directors

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10
Jan

Outdated Drug Laws Limit Addiction Recovery Tools

Written by Ian Fignon ’13, alumnus of the University of Connecticut SSDP Chapter.  What if current drug laws prevented the use of a substance capable of significantly reducing opioid addiction with a single dose? Despite opioid overdose being the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 – with 91 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose [IF1] – overly

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7
Jun

Will we see you at SSDP’s Sensible Celebration?

Green Lion Partners is delighted to host this event with: The Arcview GroupAunt Zelda’sGateway WorksDr. Lakisha Jenkins, ND, RH (AHG)Law Offices of James AnthonyMassRootsMedicine Man TechnologiesMountain MedicineElizabeth NicholsNational Cannabis Industry AssociationTHC Staffing Group Green Lion Partners invites you to join us and Students for Sensible Drug Policy at a Sensible Celebration in Oakland on Monday, June 12. Green Lion Partners is a

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31
May

Join SSDP in Oakland for A Sensible Celebration

  Blue Frontiers is delighted to host this event with: Aunt Zelda’s Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, ND, RH (AHG) Law Offices of James Anthony MassRoots Medicine Man Technologies Mountain Medicine Elizabeth Nichols National Cannabis Industry Association THC Staffing Group Hey friends of sensible drug policy: I’m Randy Hencken, chair of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Board of Trustees and CEO of

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8
Mar

Understanding Person First Language

Written by SUNY New Paltz SSDP chapter leader Robert Hofmann When talking about drug policy reform, activists will encounter several terms used to describe people who use drugs. These terms can show us preconceived notions of drug users held by individuals who use them. While some people use negative and neutral terms interchangeably, different phrases can conjure up different feelings

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1
Mar

New Mexico SSDPers Lobby at State Legislature for the Third Year Running

For this year’s New Mexico Lobby Day, our SSDP chapters joined with several other advocacy organizations for Cannabis Awareness Day at the Roundhouse, including NM NORML (led by SSDP alum and board member Monique Chavez), New Mexico EMPACT, Grow for Vets NM, the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Patients Alliance, and the American Cannabis Nurses Association. While previous lobby days consisted

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17
Jan

INTL Youth Convening Day Five: The Bangkok Declaration

Written by Convening participant Eva Cesárova, from Youth Rise and the Czech Psychedelic Society.  The last day of the convening started with a guest speaker: Gloria Lai from IDPC’s office in Bangkok. We learned about the remarkable work IDPC has done in the past ten years, going through their various activities to cooperate with drug policy decision makers, organize open dialogues,

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13
Jan

INTL Youth Convening Day Four: Coalition Building & Regional Advocacy

Written by Convening participant Florian Scheibein, Deputy Director of Help Not Harm. Jan Stola of Youth Organisations for Drug Action (YODA) kicked off the day with a session on best practice guidelines for conducting risk assessments. We identified, evaluated and categorized risks in our organizational contexts. Concurrently, we developed strategies to reduce their occurrence and severity.   Subsequently, we developed

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