Jake Agliata

2
Feb

Introducing the Dublin Institute of Technology Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest chapter in Ireland: Dublin Institute of Technology! This brings us to four chapters in the city of Dublin and nine total in Ireland, the most of any country outside of the United States. I got in touch with chapter leader Ray Sherlock back in November 2017, but he has known about SSDP for much

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30
Jan

Introducing the University College Dublin Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest chapter in Ireland: University College Dublin SSDP! Chapter leader Ailish Brennan received news on Monday that the UCD Student Union voted to recognize SSDP as an official organization on campus. She is very excited to get started, and took the time to answer some questions for me about her new chapter: How did you

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25
Jan

Introducing the Brandeis University SSDP Chapter

I am thrilled to introduce our newest established chapter in the Northeast region, Brandeis University SSDP! After a year of working to get the group together, chapter leaders Bobby Tromm and Ian Hunter finally had their first meeting this semester and have established a core group of members to move the chapter forward. This puts us at eight active chapters

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24
Jan

Introducing the University of Liberia SSDP Chapter

I’m very thrilled to announce that SSDP’s presence in Liberia has grown from one lone ambassador to an established chapter at the University of Liberia! Liberia now joins Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia as West African countries with established SSDP chapters. I connected with chapter leader Samson Sehgren back in December, where we discussed the need for evidence-based

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5
Jan

The Revolutionary as a Civil Servant

Written by John Molloy, a member of the University at Albany SSDP chapter. I will begin this post with a bold statement: we have enough people marching. We have enough people talking about our struggle, even if the mainstream media pays precious little attention. What we don’t have, however, is enough people in city halls, in legislative buildings, on state

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4
Jan

A Drug Policy Activist’s Crash Course in Decoloniality (Part 2)

Decoloniality, also referred to as decolonialism, is a term principally used by Latin American activists which focuses on unlinking modern society from colonial influences that have been ingrained in the region for the past 500 years. This two-part series by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern, will examine how decoloniality is a crucial component to reforming drug policies in

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13
Dec

We should empower an industry that helps people with addiction

Written by Eitan Scher, chapter leader of Rutgers University SSDP. The following is a response to a December 4th editorial by former Member of Congress Patrick Kennedy titled “Legalize Weed? We should not empower an industry that profits from addiction”. Over 1,900 New Jersey residents died from an opioid overdose in the past year. Heroin-related deaths have doubled, and fentanyl-related

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6
Dec

Yale SSDP Co-Hosts CT Gubernatorial Debate

The first statewide gubernatorial debate in Connecticut was held last Tuesday, November 28th at Yale University at an event co-organized by Yale Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Connecticut NORML. The debate featured four major candidates for governor and was focused on drug policy, giving voters their first glance at the stances of each candidate on issues such as marijuana

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5
Dec

Summary of the 2017 SSDP Nigeria National Leadership Workshop/Summit

Written by Moronfolu Adeniyi, Chapter Leader of SSDP Nigeria. Students for Sensible Drug Policy Nigeria, in partnership with Youth Rise, held a 2-day summit to train our chapter leaders on drug use and policies. SSDP Nigeria’s goal is to utilize student activism and grassroots strategy to reform drug policies in our country. Youth Rise was established in 2002 as part

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1
Dec

Notes For Critical Thinking About Bolivian Drug Policy – Old Oppressions, New Actors

*The following is a translated text, originally written in Spanish by Patricia Chulver Benitez of Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas, Bolivia (SSDP Bolivia). This is the final part of a three-part series outlining the challenges to sensible drug policy in South America, specifically in Bolivia. It is our hope that these narratives can shed light on the amount

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30
Nov

A Drug Policy Activist’s Crash Course in Decoloniality (Part 1)

Decoloniality, also referred to as decolonialism, is a term principally used by Latin American activists which focuses on unlinking modern society from colonial influences that have been ingrained in the region for the past 500 years. This two-part series by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern, will examine how decoloniality is a crucial component to reforming drug policies

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13
Nov

Introducing the University of New Hampshire SSDP Chapter

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has returned to the state of New Hampshire! Last week our new University of New Hampshire chapter had their first meeting, meaning they are now an established SSDP chapter. I spoke with the chapter leader, Abby Bartlett, about her progress thus far and the chapter’s plans for the future. How did you hear about SSDP? 

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8
Nov

Impressions from The 2017 European Ibogaine Forum

Written by Aria and Miri of University of Vienna SSDP The European Ibogaine Forum took place in Vienna, Austria from September 8-10, 2017. It was the first international meeting of its kind held in Vienna and an indication that a new wave of psychedelic research and culture has reached Austria. Although Vienna is home to the United Nations Office on Drugs

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7
Nov

Notes for Critical Thinking about Bolivian Drug Policy – Prohibition as a Social Construct

*The following is a translated text, originally written in Spanish by Patricia Chulver Benitez of Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas, Bolivia (SSDP Bolivia). This is the second of a three-part series outlining the challenges to sensible drug policy in South America, specifically in Bolivia. It is our hope that these narratives can shed light on the amount of

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26
Oct

Notes for Critical Thinking about Bolivian Drug Policy – Introduction

*The following is a translated text, originally written in Spanish by Patricia Chulver Benitez of Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas, Bolivia (SSDP Bolivia). This is the first of a three-part series outlining the challenges to sensible drug policy in South America, specifically in Bolivia. It is our hope that these narratives can shed light on the amount of

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20
Oct

Recapping Model UN at the 2017 Reform Conference

During last week’s Reform conference, SSDP hosted a Model UN that allowed students to gain a little insight into how drug policy works at the international level. Participants picked a country, researched their stances on drug policy, and drafted recommendations that were debated over the course of two sessions on consecutive days. The overall goal of the session was to

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19
Oct

Watch SSDP Israel’s First Live Webinar on Sunday

On Sunday, 22 October, SSDP Israel will be hosting the first in what they hope will be many informational webinars on drug policy in Israel. The webinar will be broadcast at 9:00pm Israel time (GMT +3) via Facebook Live on the Halalit TV Facebook Page. The webinar will be an opportunity to learn about the past, present, and future of drug policy

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10
Oct

Introducing the Rutgers University SSDP Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter in the Mid-Atlantic region: Rutgers University! Chapter leader Eitan Scher started making plans over the summer to get a chapter going, and one month in has already established a solid core group that is meeting regularly. I spoke with Eitan about his progress so far and his vision for the future of

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6
Oct

Help our SSDP Family in Mexico Get a New Office

Español al final de la página Two weeks ago, Central Mexico was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that caused a large amount of damage in the states of Puebla and Morelos as well as the Greater Mexico City area. The disaster caused the deaths of 361 people and injured 6,000 others. In addition, over 200 buildings collapsed, including schools

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5
Oct

Report on the CND Intersessional Meetings

Written by Orsi Fehér of SSDP Austria The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) assembled in Vienna the last week of September for a series of intersessional meetings focused on the follow-up to the UNGASS outcome document. Each day was dedicated to debating one of the first few chapters of the document, which was finalized during the 2016 special session. Topics

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14
Sep

Introducing the University of Pittsburgh Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter in the Mid-Atlantic Region: University of Pittsburgh SSDP! Reviving the chapter after being defunct for about a year, chapter leaders Eva Louise, Alyssa, and Kory have gotten off to a quick start this semester. I spoke with the three of them about their experiences so far and what they have planned for

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13
Sep

Ending DACA Puts Young Refugees of the Drug War at Risk

Written by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy initiated in 2012 by the Obama administration. The premise of the program is simple; if you were brought to the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the US continuously since June 15, 2007, you are eligible

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1
Sep

Announcing Model UN at Reform 2017

If you were at the 2015 Reform conference, you might recall that SSDP hosted a Model UNGASS, giving our student members and alumni a chance to become familiar with ins and outs of global drug policy reform while participating in an interactive simulation. Participants picked a country, researched their positions on drug policy, and wrote recommendations to be considered by

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31
Aug

Recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. IOAD spreads the message

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7
Aug

How to Participate in the 2017 International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. IOAD spreads the message

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