Jake Agliata

7
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Yale University Chapter

I’m very excited to introduce our newest chapter in the Northeast region, Yale University! Chapter leader Clement Dupuy contacted us about a month ago about getting a chapter started up and has been working hard to create an established SSDP presence in New Haven. SSDP now has three chapter at Ivy League schools, with Brown University and University of Pennsylvania

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30
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the Hunter College Chapter

I am thrilled to announce our newest chapter in New York City, Hunter College! Chapter leader Sabrina Bodé is an SSDP veteran, having previously served as chapter leader of the SUNY New Paltz chapter before transferring to Hunter this semester. She has already made an impact on her campus and is striving to create a vibrant network of student activism

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30
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the CUNY Baruch Chapter

I am thrilled to introduce our newest chapter in New York City at CUNY Baruch! About 4 months ago I was contacted by Leland Radovanovic about joining the student movement to end the war on drugs, and I knew right after our first conversation that he was going to become a rockstar chapter leader. Since then, he has not only

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24
Sep

SSDP Students Respond to Sonia Sotomayor´s Comments on Marijuana Activism

On September 8th, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke to students at Amherst College about the importance of hard work, voting, and being passionate about something. Unless that something is legalizing marijuana. “I don’t care what kind of thing you become passionate about, except legalizing marijuana,” Sotomayor said to a group of 600 students, many of whom statistics would suggest are passionate

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31
Aug

SSDP Recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day

Today, August 31st, is International Overdose Awareness Day. A global event held annually, this day aims to raise awareness about overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and spread the message that the tragedy of overdose is preventable. Events are being held around the world to pass along these messages and tributes to those who have been affected by overdose

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24
Aug

The Tragedy of the Ganja Policy

This column was written by University of the West Indies SSDP chapter member Vicki Hanson and originally appeared in the Jamaica Observer. The passing of the amendment of the Dangerous Drugs Act 2015 in February has laid the foundation for the development of the policy framework governing a ganja industry in Jamaica. The baton has now been passed to the

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6
Aug

Join Activists Across the World for International Overdose Awareness Day (Aug 31)

This August 31st, thousands across the world will join together for International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event that aims to raise awareness about overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and spread the message that the tragedy of overdose is preventable. It is also a time to remember family and friends who have passed away as a result of

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22
Jul

The Police are Decriminalising Weed in New Zealand

This blog post was written by Victoria University of Wellington chapter leader Cameron Price, and also appears on Salient.org.nz. Chris Fowlie is the head of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and he really doesn’t like the way the police enforce the Misuse of Drugs Act. In a recent post on The Daily Blog, he argued that

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16
Jul

SSDP Welcomes Two New Chapters: Penn State and Victoria University of Wellington

I’m thrilled to introduce our two newest SSDP chapters; Pennsylvania State University Main Campus in State College, PA and Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand. The chapter at Penn State first started up last winter when senior George Cimochowski decided to sign up as an SSDP Ambassador after being referred through some people at the Arcview Group. As

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23
Mar

2015 Pacific Regional Conference a Success!

The 2015 SSDP Pacific Regional Conference was held this past weekend (March 14-15th) at California State University Fullerton. A total of 38 students, alumni, and allies from across the Pacific region descended onto Orange County to see old friends, make some new ones, and learn new skills for the future. In spite of the plus-90 degree SoCal heat, the conference

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12
Mar

UConn Student Government Endorses SSDP Chapter's Marijuana Legalization Resolution

Written by University of Connecticut SSDP chapter leader Tyler Williams On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the Undergraduate Student Government of the University of Connecticut voted with a clear majority to pass a statement of position in support of legalizing marijuana, and endorsing Connecticut House Bill 6703 and House Bill 6473, which would do just that. The USG legislation, written by

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11
Mar

CND 2015 is Underway in Vienna

The 58th sessions of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is underway this week as member states and NGOs from around the world gather in Vienna, Austria for arguably the largest and most important international drug policy conference in the world. As a UN-recognized NGO since 2011, SSDP is invited every year to attend and observe the sessions and

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4
Mar

National University of Ireland, Galway chapter leading campus-based legalization effort

On Thursday 5th March, a student-wide referendum on the legalization of cannabis will take place at NUIG (the National University of Ireland, Galway). What this will do is mandate the NUI Galway Students’ Union to actively campaign for legalization along with the benefit of generating media attention and discussions surrounding the reform of cannabis laws. It could also encourage other SSDP chapters

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27
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Point Park University Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter, Point Park University from Pittsburgh, PA! I talked to chapter leader Chloe about her chapter’s accomplishments so far and what they have planned for the future:   How did you hear about SSDP? Through my studies in the humanistic-oriented psychology program at Point Park University I’ve been learning more and more about the

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19
Feb

I Need You to Lobby for Medical Marijuana in PA

Written by West Chester University SSDP Alum Genevieve Wiley SSDP is hosting a Pennsylvania Lobby Day for Medical Marijuana this Friday, February 20th at the state capitol building in Harrisburg. Senators Daylin Leach (D-17) and Mike Folmer (R-48) have officially re-introduced SB 3, a largely unchanged version of the medical marijuana bill (SB 1182) that passed the senate at the end

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5
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Saint Mary's College of Maryland Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce the newest SSDP chapter in Maryland: Saint Mary’s College of Maryland! I spoke with the chapter leader, Jamie, about her plans and vision for SMCM SSDP moving forward:   How did you hear about SSDP? We heard about SSDP through Olivia O’Keefe, chapter president at University of Maryland. The recent involvement of the UMD chapter in

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5
Feb

Drug War Stories

Para español! Are you a youth or a student that has been negatively impacted by drug policy? Suffered because of misinformation spread through fear-based prevention campaigns? Unable to get the help you needed because of a shortage of youth-targeted treatment programs? Spent time in prison when you could have been in school? Lost a loved one due to preventable overdose

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2
Feb

University of Connecticut SSDP Press Release on CT HB 6703

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2015 Contact: Tyler Williams, (203) 695­-3299   Hartford, CT — House Bill 6703, which would legalize marijuana in the state of Connecticut, was recently introduced to the state’s legislature by Representative Candelaria of the 95th District. As an organization dedicated to ending the failed “War on Drugs”, UConn Students for Sensible Drug Policy is in

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28
Jan

Lobbying for Decriminalization in Virginia

Written by George Washington University SSDP chapter member Aria Mildice The Virginia Lobby Day with NORML this past Friday, January 16th, was my first time lobbying. Virginia NORML organized this lobby day with Senators and Delegates from the Virginia General Assembly to lobby for S.B. 686, which would decriminalize marijuana possession throughout the state. S.B. 686 was introduced in the

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27
Jan

Read Why One Student Fights for Sensible Drug Policy

My name is Martin Condon. I am 24 years old, studying Chemical Engineering at CIT, and raising two children. Recently I was jailed for personal possession of herbal cannabis and this has caused serious distress for me and my relatively young family.   Over the course of this year I have come to the realization that joining Students for Sensible

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2
Jan

AMPLIFYers Roots of Creation Need Your Help

When the AMPLIFY project was launched in 2009, the primary idea behind the program was to create a mutually beneficial relationship with touring bands that support our work to bring sensible reform to our nation’s drug policies. One of the AMPLIFY artists that have best exemplified this relationship over the years is Roots of Creation. Self-described as a Reggae/Rock Dubtronica

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21
Nov

UConn Students Share Their Encounter with Campus Police

Written by University of Connecticut SSDP chapter leader Tyler Williams On Tuesday, November 11th, two University of Connecticut students, Kevin Oliveira and Samuel Jensen, were waiting to paint one of their school’s approved “spirit rocks” in solidarity with the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority on campus, members of which had recently been the victims of racist and sexist remarks in an

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13
Nov

SSDP Welcomes the Chapman University Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest chapter to the SSDP family: Chapman University from California!. Chapter leader Ashleigh Dennis has been working to start a chapter at Chapman since June. I asked Ashleigh about what her chapter has accomplished so far and what her plans are for the future: How did you hear about SSDP? I heard about SSDP when I was a

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7
Nov

Rowan's "Box City" Brings Awareness to Harsh Dorm Eviction Policies

Written by Rowan SSDP chapter members Lisa Tischio and Rachel Tevlin On Wednesday October 8th, students at Rowan University hosted the 4th annual Box City in protest of the university’s dorm eviction policy. Rowan University has a zero tolerance drug policy that causes dozens of students each semester to be kicked out of their on-campus housing for first time drug

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20
Oct

Prop 47: California to Vote on Landmark Resentencing Initiative

Written by Board member Lauren Mendelsohn This November, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that would modify criminal sentencing in order to reduce prison population. The initiative, Proposition 47, also known as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014,” would reduce the mandatory sentencing of certain nonviolent low-level crimes, including drug possession, from felonies or “wobblers” (i.e., potential

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