Action

8
Dec

Protect students like Rachel, Andrew, and "Joe"

Last Sunday, 60 Minutes aired an investigation of the use of young people as confidential informants featuring the story of SSDP alumna Rachel Hoffman. Frequently, young people who are busted for minor drug offenses are pressured in to becoming informants without the guidance of trusted adults, advice from an attorney, or a full understanding of their rights and the likely outcomes of

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3
Jul

SSDP Participates in the Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action

Written by Sara Velimirovic and Sarah Merrigan, SSDP UNGASS Coordinator Interns Last Friday, SSDPers in the United States and Ireland joined people around the globe for the Support. Don’t Punish. campaign. It was a chance to take our voices to the streets and speak in unison against the global War on Drugs in more than 130 cities around the world. Moreover, this was

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11
Jun

How To Participate in the 2015 Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action

What Is Support. Don’t Punish? Support. Don’t Punish. is a global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the harms being caused by the war on drugs. The campaign aims to promote drug policies that respect human rights and protect public health, to change laws and policies that impede access to harm reduction interventions and other evidence-based services, and to end

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17
Dec

SSDP Tulane takes action on Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410

Written by Emma Tuttleman-Krieger, President of the Tulane University SSDP chapter In the midst of final exams week, SSDP Tulane organized an “Activism Study Break” to help students urge their senators to vote in favor of mandatory minimum sentencing reform like the Smarter Sentencing Act (SSA), S. 1410. Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) initiated a national call-in day on December 11th which provided short

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21
Nov

Help us say thanks to our donors

Last year, we asked our supporters who were not able to make a financial contribution to Students for Sensible Drug Policy to write quick thank you messages to those who were able to donate. Your responses were so powerful that we decided to do it again this year. This Thanksgiving, we’re hoping you can help us express our thanks to

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28
Mar

Florida, Your Help is Needed to Get HB 1139, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, a Fair Hearing

Last week, we asked you to take action to help move Florida HB 1139, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, forward. Thank you so much for those of you who took action! The next step necessary to passing this sensible legislation is to get House Speaker Will Weatherford to give it a fair and public hearing in the House Health Quality

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5
Feb

Press Release: Youth Advocates Stand Alongside Coalition in Congress Introducing Marijuana Legalization Bill

Youth Advocates Stand Alongside Coalition in Congress Introducing Marijuana Legalization Bill Impact on National Debate Will Be Substantial, Could Help Invigorate Young Voters Officials Note Students for Sensible Drug Policy hails creation of new “Sensible Drug Policy Working Group” in Congress For immediate release: February 5, 2013 Contact: Aaron Houston, 202-393-5280 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials with Students for Sensible Drug Policy today joined

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5
Nov

No pressure or anything, young voters

Yesterday, SurveyUSA and the Denver Post reported new findings on the chances of Colorado voters legalizing marijuana like alcohol tomorrow. In a memo to the Denver Post, the pollsters explained: “Passage would be driven largely by the support of younger voters, who sometimes are less reliable, turnout-wise, than are older voters. Older voters oppose Amendment 64, and if the amendment should go down to

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28
Aug

Organize a "die-in" at your school this Friday on International Overdose Awareness Day

Demonstrations on college campuses can be a powerful way to draw attention to an issue. This Friday, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, and we think it’s an excellent opportunity for our students to participate in a direct action during the first weeks of school. We’ve put together some resources to help you make this happen. 1) Choose a

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19
Jul

Truth in Trials Act Protects State Medical Marijuana from Federal Prosecution

Please contact your representative and urge them to support the Truth in Trials Act today! Since 1970, the federal government has refused to recognize the medical value of marijuana. Marijuana is still a schedule one substance in their eyes, and so they have the “authority” to enforce their laws, even in medical marijuana states – states who voted for and

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25
Jan

Action Alert: Oppose a bad youth justice bill in VA

A bill (HB 718) that would make it easier to try youth as adults and greatly expand the number of youth tried as adults is moving swiftly through the Virginia House of Delegates.  Our best chance to stop it will be to block the Virginia Senate version, SB 419.  It will probably be heard next week in the Senate Courts of

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5
Oct

Help Save Lives in the Commonwealth

Take Action TODAY To Prevent Fatal Overdoses in Massachusetts An Act to Reduce Opiod Overdose Deaths (S907) Sponsored by Senator Steven Tolman An Act Relating to Controlled Substances and Medical Treatment (H2256) Sponsored by Representative Alice Peisch An Act Providing Limited Immunity from Prosecution for a Person Who Seeks to Obtain Medical Assistance for a Drug Related Overdose (H1303) Sponsored by Representative William Galvin

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23
Jun

Action Alert: End the War on Marijuana

Today is a very big day. The first marijuana legalization bill was introduced in Congress this afternoon. H.R. 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011, is a bi-partisan bill introduced by Congressmen Barney Frank and Ron Paul that would allow states to legalize and regulate marijuana without federal interference. As a marijuana lobbyist working the halls of Congress, I had

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9
Jun

Action Alert: Overdoses in NY

Here in New York, we’ve been hard at work trying to pass an Good Samaritan (or Medical Amnesty) bill that would protect individuals from criminal prosecution when calling 911 in an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency. This life-saving overdose prevention bill passed through the State Assembly last week and now we only have a few days left of the legislative

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