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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19
May

Introducing SSDP Kentucky

Written by Tristan Harris ‘21, SSDP Kentucky Chapter Leader *Editor’s Note: Tristan is based out of the University of Pikeville, but all Kentuckians are welcome! To get connected, please email outreach@ssdp.org How did you hear about SSDP?  I heard about SSDP through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies site, I clicked on the link and explored the page.   Why

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12
May

Nominations are open for SSDP International’s European Regional Committee

Nominations are open for the inaugural elections of the European Regional Committee!  Each country within the Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East regions can nominate two members for the Committee until the 21st of May, 17.00 CET. This is a great opportunity for members who are keen to become leaders in a dynamic international grassroots network and build valuable

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30
Apr

Introducing Rutgers University SSDP

Written by Lily Ramos ‘21, Rutgers University Chapter Leader How did you hear about SSDP?  I heard about SSDP through searching for organizations dedicated to legalizing medicinal psilocybin and the decriminalization of drugs. I was fascinated as I have always been passionate about drug policy and the broken ones we have in the United States. Why did you want to

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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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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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22
Apr

Announcing the 2021 SSDP Award Nominees

Every year at our annual conference, Students for Sensible Drug Policy recognizes the exceptional achievements of our members, chapters, alumni, and allies. This year, our awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Crowdcast on Sunday, May 2nd, 12:00pm EDT/ 4:00pm GMT. Register for the conference here. Congratulations to all nominees! Change Beyond Campus Minneapolis SSDPSSDP NigeriaSSDP Sierra LeoneSSDP IsraelUniversity of

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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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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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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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15
Apr

Vote TODAY in SSDP’s Board of Directors Election

Today is SSDP Election Day! This year, six candidates are running for three open student spots on SSDP’s Board of Directors. In addition to the three newly elected Board members, three alternates will be selected in the case that a Board member resigns or a seat otherwise becomes vacant.  This year’s candidates come from chapters all across the United States

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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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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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8
Apr

SSDP at the United Nations – Register for our Side Event!

Join us for the only youth-led side event at the 64th Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where Students for Sensible Drug Policy and YouthRISE are hosting an interactive panel discussion, entitled “The Impacts of COVID-19 on Young People’s Drug Use”. During this incredible session on the 14th of April 2021 at 13:10 CET / 7:10 EDT,

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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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6
Apr

Statement on Biden Harris First Year Drug Policy Priorities

While we support expanding access to treatment and reducing barriers to young people who are seeking treatment, there are no steps being taken to support YPWUD that do not want to and will not stop using drugs. The administration’s approach to youth drug use does not align with their explicit commitment to “promot[e] harm reduction efforts.”

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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31
Mar

SSDP International’s First Annual Report (2019-2020) Has Been Released

Throughout 2019-2020, the whole world faced some serious challenges. In the face of these challenges, young drug policy activists showed tireless commitment to fighting for the rights or people who use drugs and advocating for policies grounded in human rights. This year, the resilience of our movement was put to the test and once again, we have proven the strength

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30
Mar

Statement about the events that occurred in the FSDP Community Chat Facebook group

As some of our members and supporters may be aware, there was recently an incident that occurred within the community Facebook group of Families for Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP) that included Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of the group experiencing racist attacks and harmful micro- and macro- aggressions from the group’s moderators and other members of the
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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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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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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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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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