Jason Ortiz


SSDP, Decrim Nature become partners to promote compassion based public policy

For Immediate Release: National Decriminalization Advocacy Groups Launch Community Healing Alliance to Decriminalize Entheogens and Repair the Damage Done By the War on Drugs Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Decrim Nature create  partnership to promote compassion and community healing based public policy Primary contacts: Jason Ortiz, 860-639-8101, jason@ssdp.org Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Carlos Plazola, 510-207-7238, decrimnature@gmail.com Chair,

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SSDP submits comments on Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

September 1, 2021 The Honorable Cory Booker The Honorable Ron Wyden The Honorable Chuck Schumer Attn: Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act Sponsoring Offices United States Senate  Washington, D.C. 20515 Submitted via email to Cannabis_Reform@finance.senate.gov. RE: Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act — Students for Sensible Drug Policy: U.S. Policy Council Comments Dear Senators Booker, Wyden, and Schumer: On behalf of Students

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Announcing the 2021 SSDP Award Nominees

Every year at our annual conference, Students for Sensible Drug Policy recognizes the exceptional achievements of our members, chapters, alumni, and allies. This year, our awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Crowdcast on Sunday, May 2nd, 12:00pm EDT/ 4:00pm GMT. Register for the conference here. Congratulations to all nominees! Change Beyond Campus Minneapolis SSDPSSDP NigeriaSSDP Sierra LeoneSSDP IsraelUniversity of

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Organizing tip of the week: Tell a compelling story

“It is our sincere hope that Re:ImaginingChange will be a conversation starter with people from all walks of life who are willing to think big, dream hard, and struggle like hell for a better world.” From Re:imagining change. An introduction to story-based strategy Everyone loves a good story. The story of being a Student for Sensible Drug Policy is one people

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SSDP chapter leader Alec Foster featured as NYU’s Future Most Notable Alumni

SSDP chapter leader Alec Foster was recently featured in his school paper as “NYU’s most notable future alumni” due in lare part for his activism on drug policy reform. Alec’s case is a clear example on how taking initiative on the issues you care about is great for your career no matter the topic. Check out this excellent piece on Alec,

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Chapter Leader of the Week: Phil Simmons from Rowan University in New Jersey

Phil Simmons is the chapter leader for Rowan Universities SSDP chapter. Phil recently held a very successful “Box Protest” that spurred debate on his campus and allowed for a sensible discussion on Rowan’s campus policies with his campus Administration. Today we Celebrate Phil’s leadership in using public protest to spur debate and translating that into real policy change at a campus level.

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SSDP welcomes our newest high school chapter, Highland Park High!

Congratulations to our newest SSDP chapter at Highland Park High School in New Jersey! The chapter’s founder, Oscar Lee was recently informed that his chapter would be recognized by his high school, a great victory for young people across the country. Oscar Lee has been a rockstar since day one, getting his group off the ground and working with his

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Boston University hosts 2011 Northeast Regional Conference

“If anyone is ever feeling discouraged about the drug policy reform movement, all they need to do is attend an SSDP conference. These conferences empower students, foster new relationships, and strengthen our movement.” –Pete Anderson, Univeristy of Maine Farmington   The 2011 Northeast Regional Conference was held this past weekend at Boston University and over 80 students attended a weekend filled

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