Rachel Wissner

1
Oct

Here’s to 23 years of Students for Sensible Drug Policy

SSDP is celebrating our 23rd birthday this month, will you celebrate with us today?  23 years ago, the drug policy movement was in a much different place. In the fall of 1996, members of the Student Drug Reform Movement (SDRM) began to chat over the internet using a Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) discussion page. In 1997, the Rochester Cannabis

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13
Sep

SSDP Welcomes Rory O’Brien, Jacob Plowden, and Jeremy Sharp to the Team

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is thrilled to welcome three new full-time staff members to our team. Rory O’Brien ’19 joins us as our first Communications Manager, Jacob Plowden ’15 joins as our New York State Coordinator, and Jeremy Sharp ’12 joins us as our Pacific Region Outreach Coordinator. Rory O’Brien ‘19 (she/her/ella) is the Communications Manager for Students for

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3
Aug

SSDP Newsletter – July 2021

Note from Executive Director, Jason Ortiz ’08 Hello SSDP! As the new Executive Director of SSDP, I’m excited to share all the amazing work we’ve been doing over the last few months to pass cannabis laws, create opportunities in the psychedelic space, and continue to lift the voices of those most impacted by the war on drugs. If after reading

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3
Aug

We’re hiring!

Have you ever wanted to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy? We’re hiring for THREE positions, and this could be your chance to land your dream job! Working for SSDP is an opportunity to serve our network of students who are leading the charge to end the disastrous War on Drugs and heal the harms of drug prohibition. SSDP

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17
Jun

It’s Time to Retire the War on Drugs

50 years ago today, former US President Richard Nixon declared drugs and people who use them “public enemy number one.” Since then, the global War on Drugs has taken the lives of thousands and ruined the lives of millions through criminalization, incarceration, and making drug use dangerous under prohibition.  The War on Drugs was racially motivated from the very beginning. John Ehrlichman,

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26
Apr

#Sensible2021 is in three days!

In three days, hundreds of drug policy reformers across the globe will unite (virtually) to envision a more sensible future for all. Will you be one of them? #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference makes activism as easy as clicking a link and Students for Sensible Drug Policy invites you to be a part of the movement by getting online

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21
Apr

Announcing the #Sensible2021 Program

Next week, Students for Sensible Drug Policy will be gathering virtually for 11 sessions, two keynotes, three networking sessions, and an awards ceremony and virtual dance party. Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference will provide cutting-edge educational content that will sharpen our skills as activists fighting the failed drug war. You won’t want to miss our biggest event of the year

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14
Apr

Announcing the keynote speakers for #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference

In just two weeks, #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference will bring together Students for Sensible Drug Policy members, alumni, allies, community members, movement leaders, and many more for four days of cutting edge educational content, as well as an Awards Ceremony and dance party. This conference is available to anyone with an internet connection, with tickets starting at $40

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15
Mar

Register now for #Sensible2021 before rates go up

This week is the last week for Early Bird registration for #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference. Starting Friday, March 19th, registration rates will go up. We don’t want you to miss out, so register today for the biggest SSDP event of the year! These are our lowest prices yet, with tickets starting at $25 for students, chapter members, and

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2
Mar

Voting for #Sensible2021 sessions is open!

Here at Students for Sensible Drug Policy, we take our role as a grassroots organization seriously. That means involving you in our programmatic decisions. Right now, we’re in the process of developing sessions, speakers, and other content for #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference, our annual global conference taking place online April 29-May 2. We invited our network to submit their ideas,

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23
Feb

SSDP Welcomes Jason Ortiz as Executive Director

Students for Sensible Drug Policy today announces Jason Ortiz, a long-standing alumnus who first became involved with SSDP in 2008, has been selected to serve as Executive Director.  “To have the opportunity to lead the organization that has been such a huge part of who I am today is both an honor and a dream come true”, said Ortiz, who

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22
Feb

Submit a Session Proposal for #Sensible2021

We’re serious about Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s member-run nature. We want #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference speakers and sessions to reflect the amazing things SSDPers are working on and meet your needs as an organizer and activist. For the sixth year in a row, we’re calling on you to propose session ideas and vote on your favorites. Whether

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11
Feb

January 2021 Report Card

The Report Card is back! After taking a brief hiatus in January, we’re back to inform you on the exciting work SSDPers across the globe are doing.  This month SSDP International, our sister organization, held their Inaugural General Assembly. This historic moment for SSDP saw the election of the SSDP International founding Board of Directors, the adoption of a new

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31
Dec

Today is your last chance to double your gift

Today is the last chance for gifts made to Students for Sensible Drug Policy to be doubled this year.  2020 is almost over, and I’m sure you’re as excited as I am to head into 2021. This year was filled with enormous challenges and tragedy. We’ve witnessed death and devastation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global civil unrest and upheaval,

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21
Dec

Donate to SSDP and be entered to win an EVRI Starter Pack

This December, all gifts made to SSDP will be generously matched up to $55,000 by some of our staunchest supporters who know that ending the War on Drugs takes a grassroots network of young people fighting for sensible drug policy on their campuses, in their communities, and at national and international level.  We have some more exciting news: in addition

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9
Dec

November 2020 Report Card

What a year it has been for cannabis policy reform! Between the seven winning U.S. state ballot initiatives for adult use and medical cannabis legalization, the United Nations vote to remove cannabis from Schedule IV- recognizing its medicinal benefits, and the passage of the MORE Act in the United States House of Representatives, we have seen a historic blow to

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7
Dec

SSDP Welcomes Carmen Jackman to the Team

Carmen Jackman (’19) has joined SSDP’s team as our new Development Associate! In this role, Carmen will be supporting SSDP’s fundraising efforts, building relationships, and managing SSDP’s monthly giving club.  Carmen Jackman is a native Marylander and Washington, D.C. area-based designer, researcher, and organizer. She played Division 1 Tennis at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she obtained

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10
Nov

October 2020 Report Card

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s October Report Card is out! The United States 2020 election has now largely concluded. Although it took a few days to tally the final votes before a Presidential winner emerged, there was one clear winner right from election night: drug policy reform. Ballot measures for medical and adult-use cannabis legalization passed in blue, red, and

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4
Nov

Drug Policy Reform Won The Election

Last night, drug policy reform was the clear winner in the United States 2020 election. Students for Sensible Drug Policy was honored to work on seven winning statewide initiatives this year and we congratulate the successful campaigns on this stunning victory for drug policy reform. In an unprecedented move, Oregon voters turned out to overwhelmingly support the decriminalization of all

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12
Oct

We’re Hiring a Development Associate!

Have you ever wanted to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy? We’re hiring for a new position, and this could be your chance to land your dream job! Working for SSDP is an opportunity to serve our network of students and young people who are leading the charge to end the disastrous War on Drugs and heal the harms

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8
Oct

September 2020 Report Card

As Students for Sensible Drug Policy is dedicated to making sure that young people from across the world are at the center of drug policy reform, over the last month we have rolled out some exciting new program changes. Alongside opening our International Office in Vienna in September, on October 1st, Róisín Downes ‘15 and Orsi Feher ‘16 signed the

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31
Aug

Join SSDP for the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit

Students for Sensible Drug Policy are joining forces with Tam Integration for the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit, September 17-21, 2020. The first online summit centered around the myth, magic, culture, and science of psilocybin mushrooms, the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit will show how experts engage with protocols designed to elicit profound transformation. Join us for presentations and real-time conversations with
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21
Aug

Check out the #Sensible2020 Conference session videos

The #Sensible2020: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference sessions are available on our conference website for you to watch, listen, and enjoy. We’d like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all of the speakers, moderators, and panelists for dedicating time to make these important conversations happen. If you would like to request a digital copy of a session you were a part
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11
Aug

July 2020 Report Card

In July, Students for Sensible Drug Policy celebrated the achievements of our members during Global Week. To provide even more support to our members all over the world, our Global Program will be expanding. Over the next year, the SSDP global team will establish an office in Vienna to access new funding opportunities, increase our presence at the United Nations,
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5
Aug

Join SSDP for the National Drug Policy Reform Seminar

Students for Sensible Drug Policy and America’s largest cannabis advocacy groups join forces to produce The National Drug Policy Reform Seminar (NDPRS) on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The NDPRS is a free, non-partisan, virtual gathering place for policymakers, experts, and advocates from across the United States to discuss the evolving drug policy landscape and future of cannabis law reform. Timed
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