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19
Jan

SSDP2018 Keynotes and Content Preview

Six weeks from today, hundreds of students, alumni and supporters will gather in Baltimore for SSDP2018: the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference and Lobby Day! We’re excited to announce our keynote speakers and to give you a sneak peek at more than two dozen of our breakout sessions: Keynote Speakers Rick Doblin, PhD Executive Director, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic

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12
Jan

Introducing the Issues and Resources Committee

One of my favorite things about the SSDP family is the willingness we all share to help one another other out. This is one of many reasons it gives me great pleasure to introduce to the world to SSDP’s new Issues and Resources Committee (IRC, for short). The IRC formed out of the realization by Board members and staff that

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12
Jan

ESPD Mexico Starts Rebuilding

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico back in September. Happily, none of the members of the SSDP chapter in Mexico, known as Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas (EPSD) México, were physically harmed by the earthquake. However, the building which housed the EPSD office was among those that collapsed, leaving our family down there without a base of

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10
Jan

Introducing the Appalachian State University chapter

The War on Drugs is a war on us, our friends, and our families. To many of us, SSDP is the vehicle through which we end these senseless atrocities and unnecessary pain caused by the prohibition. That is why when Victor told me that he wanted to start a chapter at Appalachian State University, I knew SSDP would be a

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10
Jan

Introducing the Rollins College chapter

It’s with great joy that I introduce Zechariah “Zech” Hilles and the Rollins College SSDP chapter. Located in Orlando, Florida, this is the tenth currently active chapter to join our network in the state of Florida. Zechariah reached out about starting a dual SSDP and Psychedelic club situation on his campus, after getting the idea from a Chapter Leader in

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10
Jan

Outdated Drug Laws Limit Addiction Recovery Tools

Written by Ian Fignon ’13, alumnus of the University of Connecticut SSDP Chapter.  What if current drug laws prevented the use of a substance capable of significantly reducing opioid addiction with a single dose? Despite opioid overdose being the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 – with 91 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose [IF1] – overly

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5
Jan

Introducing the Governors State University Chapter

I’m so thrilled to be introducing a newly established chapter to the SSDP network in Illinois. Please welcome the folks over at Governors State University. New chapter leader Dustin Prince sent us some insight into his process and the new chapter. How did you hear about SSDP? I have a passion and interest to be a psychedelic psychotherapist and researcher.

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5
Jan

The Revolutionary as a Civil Servant

Written by John Molloy, a member of the University at Albany SSDP chapter. I will begin this post with a bold statement: we have enough people marching. We have enough people talking about our struggle, even if the mainstream media pays precious little attention. What we don’t have, however, is enough people in city halls, in legislative buildings, on state

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4
Jan

We can stop Sessions

Earlier today, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the set of memos that cannabis reformers have counted on to protect the will of the voters in 29 states where cannabis has been legalized for medical or adult use. Sessions has spent his career demonizing marijuana and the people who use it. Now he wields the power of the Department of

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4
Jan

A Drug Policy Activist’s Crash Course in Decoloniality (Part 2)

Decoloniality, also referred to as decolonialism, is a term principally used by Latin American activists which focuses on unlinking modern society from colonial influences that have been ingrained in the region for the past 500 years. This two-part series by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern, will examine how decoloniality is a crucial component to reforming drug policies in

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