Rob Hofmann

29
Jul

Introducing SSDP’s McHenry, Illinois Ambassador

Written by Taylor Hansen ‘21, McHenry, Illinois SSDP Ambassador How did you hear about SSDP?I heard about SSDP when I attended a few conferences relating to the studies of psychedelics. I originally heard about the UK organization and was thrilled when I learned there was one also active in the US. Why did you want to get involved/what made you

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17
Jun

SSDP Sign-On Letter: Oppose Aerial Crop Eradication

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is circulating a sign-on letter for organizations and SSDP chapters to urge Congress to eliminate funding for aerial crop eradication in Colombia on the bases of environmental justice, human rights, public health, and sensible drug policy.  In 2014, the World Health Organization found that Glyphosate, which is used in aerial fumigation, was and is responsible

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17
Jun

Connecticut House and Senate pass cannabis legalization with strong protections for students

For immediate release Primary contact: Jason Ortiz, SSDP Executive Directorjason@ssdo.org, (860) 639-8101 Secondary contact: Zach Green, President of UConn Hartford SSDPz.tyler.green@gmail.com, (860) 671-7414 Hartford – Connecticut became the 19th state to pass cannabis legalization through the legislature when the House of Representatives and Senate both passed SB1201. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor today. “While stronger

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9
Jun

78 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Chapters Call On Congress To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

For Immediate Release Primary contact: Rob Hofmann, United States Outreach and Policy Coordinator, Students for Sensible Drug Policy(607) 316-0227, robert@ssdp.org Secondary Contact: Jason Ortiz, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy(860) 639-8101, jason@ssdp.org Today, 78 Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapters sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi, House Majority Leader Hoyer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging

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2
Jun

Introducing Heller School for Social Policy and Management SSDP

Written by Ali Carney ‘21, Heller School for Social Policy and Management SSDP Chapter Leader How did you hear about SSDP?  I heard about SSDP through volunteering with the organization Baystaters for Natural Medicine. Once I expressed the idea of starting some sort of drug policy working group at Heller, a colleague of mine brought SSDP to my attention once

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27
May

The MORE Act Returns to Congress Tomorrow. Act Now.

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act is expected to be re-introduced in the House of Representatives tomorrow (May 28th).In 2020, the House made history by passing the MORE Act, which would end the criminalization of marijuana at the federal level and provide grants to communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. With a split Senate and ever-increasing

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27
Apr

Introducing SSDP’s Dubuque Ambassador

Written by Evan Hudson ‘21, Dubuque, Iowa SSDP Ambassador How did you hear about SSDP? I’ve been aware of SSDP’s work since high school, but only recently looked into getting involved as an extension of my work in harm reduction.  Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start an SSDP Ambassadorship?  I was inspired to become

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22
Apr

SSDP Action Alert – We Need Your Support To Fund Drug Research!

Original action alert language written by Lindsey Galbo ’19, Wake Forest University School of Medicine SSDP Chapter Leader and Scientific Research Issue Group Member As drug policy reformers, it is important for us to recognize the necessity of funding drug research to better understand factors that contribute to different types of substance use, new potential pharmacological and behavioral treatments, harm

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16
Apr

SSDP Statement on the Derek Chauvin Trial

In his trial for the murder of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin’s defense is arguing that George Floyd’s death was not a homicide, but a result of prior substance use. The defense is trying to put forth a narrative that “maximal restraint” was necessary because George Floyd had drugs in his system. This is abhorrent. A person having drugs in their

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8
Apr

SSDP Supporting Student Speech Rights at the Supreme Court

Written with support from Kat Murti ‘09 and Jason Ortiz ‘08 In 2017, a Pennsylvania public school student identified as ‘B.L.’ expressed her frustration about not making the varsity cheerleading squad on Snapchat. Despite the app’s reputation and purpose, the image she sent on a Saturday and out of class (including many profanities) was saved and ended up in the

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7
Apr

Introducing Beloit College SSDP

Written by Isabella Callery ‘21, Beloit College SSDP Chapter Leader How did you hear about SSDP?  I found SSDP through the MAPS website, which urged students interested in pursuing careers in psychedelic studies to start a branch of SSDP at their school. After a bit more research, I could not agree more! Why did you want to get involved/what made

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5
Apr

SSDP’s Federal Policy Agenda for the 117th Congress Has Been Released

Last month, SSDP’s U.S. Policy Council completed our Federal Policy Agenda for the 117th Congress. Written by SSDP members, alumni, and supporters, this document shows federal representatives and administrators our roadmap for fighting the War on Drugs and promoting sensible drug policy over the next 2 years. The agenda consists of six main sections, covering various community interests as they

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22
Mar

Introducing Oregon State University SSDP

Written by Hunter Cram ’20, OSU SSDP Chapter Leader How did you hear about SSDP?  I initially heard of SSDP when it was brought up during an interview in an episode of Professor David Nutt’s Drug Science podcast! Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter?  I met a previous SSDP member through a

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17
Mar

Introducing Webster University SSDP

Written by Dennis Caus ’21, Webster University SSDP Chapter LeaderHow did you hear about SSDP?  I was going through MAPS’ website looking at information for students that are interested in getting into psychedelic/drug research in the future. I found an article that mentioned setting up a chapter of SSDP while in undergrad, so I found the website and began researching

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11
Mar

February 2021 Report Card

This month, we announced the hiring of our new Executive Director, Jason Ortiz ‘08! In addition to being a longstanding alumnus of our network, Jason has been on the frontlines of the cannabis equity movement and has led over a dozen races for elected office as campaign manager and political consultant, bringing significant experience to the youth movement to end

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8
Mar

Interview with Jake Hadamik ’20, SSDP Ambassador

SSDP is revamping our Ambassadorship program to better integrate SSDPers outside of the traditional chapter structure into our network! If you would like to get involved as an SSDP Ambassador for your community, email outreach@ssdp.org. How did you hear about SSDP?  I heard about SSDP in high school around 2006-2010 when I was beginning to look into mental health and

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18
Feb

SSDP’s STEM in Congress List Has Launched

Edited by SSDP’s Scientific Research Issue Group Scientific and research-oriented approaches to drug policy in the United States have been historically lacking. The narratives around drugs and drug policy, especially in the 20th century, were heavily and almost exclusively dominated by police, border control, and politicians looking for punitive approaches to issues of public health, freedom, and human rights. Fortunately,

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4
Feb

U.S. Members – Take Our Limited Drug Decriminalization Policy Position Survey

SSDP’s U.S. Policy Council is accepting feedback from our membership regarding our U.S. policy position on limited drug decriminalization measures, such as psilocybin decriminalization or ‘Decriminalize Nature’ campaigns. These measures range from decriminalizing certain plant-based psychedelics to making certain plant-based psychedelics lowest law enforcement priorities. Currently, “SSDP does not prioritize a strategy to decriminalize, legalize, or regulate currently illegal drugs

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15
Jan

Introducing Our New Federal Policy Liaison!

We are excited to announce that Sarah Noon ‘18, who joined the leadership team of our U.S. Policy Council in December, is our new U.S. Federal Policy Liaison! Sarah will be primarily responsible for assisting the development and implementation of SSDP’s United States federal legislative strategies and co-facilitating our United States Policy Council.Sarah recently graduated from Oakland Community College, where

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11
Dec

New Member Added to SSDP’s U.S. Policy Council Leadership Team

On December 1st, 2020, SSDP’s U.S. Policy Council Tactical Team voted to add Sarah Noon ‘18 as a member of our leadership team. Sarah will be the point person for our Campus Change, Cannabis, and Scientific Research Issue Groups. Sarah Noon recently graduated from Oakland Community College, where she was the president and founder of OCC’s Students for Sensible Drug

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8
Dec

SSDP Is Hiring A U.S. Federal Policy Liaison!

Have you ever wanted to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy? We’re hiring a U.S. Federal Policy Liaison! Working for SSDP is a great opportunity to serve our network of students and young people who are leading the charge to end the disastrous War on Drugs and heal from the harms of drug prohibition. SSDP is overseen by our

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6
Dec

Action Alert: Start Making Calls for Georgia Voter Registration and GOTV!

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is encouraging all of our U.S. members, alumni, and supporters to start making calls and get out the vote for Georgia’s special election on January 5th.  Drug policy reform and the progress we have made this year is on the line this run-off election. The MORE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives on

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4
Dec

Another Historic Victory: The MORE Act Has Passed in the House of Representatives

In a historic victory for drug policy reform and a historic blow to marijuana prohibition in the United States, the MORE Act has passed in the House of Representatives. From the passing of the Controlled Substances Act and its implementation in 1971 to now, hundreds of thousands of people have been arrested for marijuana possession. It’s truly hard to overstate the

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30
Nov

Action Alert: Congress To Vote On Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition This Week

Later this week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, H.R. 3884. This will mark the first time that Congress vote on the legal status of marijuana since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act a half-century ago. If you’re reading this email, you have probably already taken action to get

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26
Oct

Start Making Calls for Sensible Drug Policy

Drug decriminalization and psilocybin therapy are on the ballot for the first time ever in a U.S. state, making Election 2020 unprecedented for drug policy reform. With ballot measures on medical and adult-use cannabis legalization, psilocybin therapy, low-level drug decriminalization, and expanded funding for harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services, our progress as a movement hinges on us activating voters

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