Tamara

23
Feb

U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Targets Synthetic Drugs

On Wednesday, September 25, the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control held a hearing on unregulated analogues of synthetic drugs and recent legislation proposed to address growing concern. Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led the hearing that included testimony from Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy assistant administrator at the Office

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26
Sep

Best Tips for Good Samaritans: How Two SSDP Chapters Successfully Advocated for Medical Amnesty Policies

Since 2005, SSDP has helped enact Good Samaritan policies at more than 240 colleges and universities across the United States. These measures for medical amnesty foster a safe environment, on-campus and off, enabling students to seek help for emergencies without hesitation or fear of severe punishment. But despite their proven effectiveness, Good Samaritan policies are still met with caution and

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19
Sep

Mandatory and Suspicionless Drug Testing Program at Linn State Technical College Ruled Unconstitutional

Students of Linn State Technical College in Jefferson City, Missouri celebrated a win for their Fourth Amendment rights today when a U.S. district court judge ruled the school’s mandatory drug testing policy unconstitutional. In the fall of 2011, the two-year public college enacted a suspicion less drug testing program that required all incoming freshmen and students returning from a six-month

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19
Sep

No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

When Doug and Catherine Snodgrass shared the story of their autistic son’s arrest for drug sale charges this past February, they put a face to the very real problems perpetuated by zero tolerance policies in schools. On September 12th, the parents joined four experts in a teleconference on improving drug education hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) to once

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18
Sep

Meet SSDP's Fall 2013 Intern Team!

Running a grassroots organization with more than 200 affiliated college chapters and an ample list of policy initiatives is no easy task. Joining the DC staff this fall semester are three interns working to promote SSDP’s mission and provide support. Dylan Bolduc, Michelle Higdon, and Tamara Omazic are each excited to be contributing to the cause. As the outreach intern,

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12
Sep

SSDP's Board of Directors member Eric Sterling appointed to Maryland's new Medical Marijuana Commission

Earlier today, Governor Martin O’Malley appointed eleven members to the newly established Medical Marijuana Commission created under provisions of House Bill 1101. Joining this roster of medical and law enforcement professionals is SSDP’s Board of Directors member Eric Sterling. Sterling first joined SSDP as a funder and advisor in 1999, and became a member of the board in 2004. He

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