11
Feb

SUCCESS Act Will Reinstate College Aid to Students With Drug Convictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2016 Bipartisan Senate Bill Will Reinstate College Aid to Students With Drug Convictions Hundreds of Thousands Have Lost Access to Education Since Aid Elimination Penalty Enacted in 1998 WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is pushing to repeal a Higher Education Act provision that strips college financial aid from students with drug

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8
Dec

ANOTHER VIEW: Federal Marijuana Laws Keep Medical Pot From The Veterans Who Need It

Written by Board of Directors Vice Chair, Lauren Mendelsohn From the Gazettes: As more states move towards legalizing marijuana for adult use, people tend to forget that for many people suffering from debilitating diseases, even medical cannabis access is still a major challenge. Nowhere is this injustice more clear than for military veterans. Doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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14
Oct

Salem College SSDP Passes Medical Amnesty Policy in its First Month on Campus

Last month, SSDP welcomed a new chapter into our network at Salem College in North Carolina. When I met the co-founders of the chapter, Utang Enyenihi and Megan Cook, at the Students for Liberty Campus Coordinator retreat earlier this summer, I knew they were going to accomplish big things. What I didn’t know was how quickly and decisively they would be

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12
Feb

Announcing the SSDP Alumni Association!

Today we’re so proud to announce the launch of the new Students for Sensible Drug Policy Alumni Association! Tens of thousands of people have been involved with an SSDP chapter since our founding in 1998, and the Alumni Association provides a structure for these folks to stay engaged with the SSDP network and to continue working to end the War

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1
Jul

New York Passes Medical Marijuana Bill: The Compassionate Care Act

The days leading up to the end of the legislative session in Albany, New York could have been described as disquieting and tense. New Yorkers have been trying for years to persuade Governor Cuomo to sign a medical marijuana bill in New York. In the past two years, a delegation of patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, SSDP chapters, and endorsing organizations

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5
Jun

Get your limited edition One Hitters shirt today

The One Hitters is a co-ed, DC-based recreational softball team in the Congressional Softball League. Sponsored by Mountain Medicine, the team comprises players who work for or support marijuana and other drug policy reform through organizations such as Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the Marijuana Policy Project, and Americans for Safe Access, among others. Founded around 2002, the One Hitters has

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12
May

SSDP Chapter Leaders Run for Student Government at Portland State University

Two of our very own SSDP rockstars are running for student government! Portland State University is currently holding elections for its student government body and the chapter leaders of Portland State SSDP, Greta Gibbens and Romain Bonilla, have volunteered as tribute to represent their fellow students and promote sensible drug policies on their campus. For close to a year, Greta

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30
Apr

A Report on Student Participation at the Annual Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna, March 2014

A delegation of seven students from SSDP disembarked into a wind whipping the city of Vienna eagerly anticipating participating in the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. We were privileged to be representing our Irish, Canadian and United Kingdom student networks, and all the nations which are part of the SSDP International Outreach Committee. We discovered

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13
Mar

Questionable drug prosecutions in UK

Drug prosecutions in the UK are apparently expanding their scope. Several recent cases showcase a concerning enthusiasm for prosecuting activities of questionable illegality. A shop on Vicar Lane in Leeds, has been raided on suspicious of selling so-called legal highs, or unscheduled synthetic drugs. Known as Dr. Herman’s, the shop was selling “substances suspected to be the subject of temporary

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5
Mar

Marijuana Decriminalized in DC; some issues unresolved, but a huge victory

On March 4th, 2014, the Washington D.C city council officially passed a bill that decriminalizes marijuana possession in the district. The bill now goes to DC Mayor Vincent Gray for final approval. Gray has previously expressed interest in loosening marijuana laws and is expected to sign it. Once that happens, Congress has 60 days to disallow it before it becomes

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3
Mar

Marijuana Reform in the European Union

The momentum of marijuana reform in the US continues to grow, with efforts for medical marijuana, decriminalization, and even legalization accelerating in states around the country. On the opposite side of the Atlantic, the movement also seems to be gaining steam. As Reason reported on Monday, supporters have just last week begun gathering signatures to propose a citizen’s initiative to

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26
Feb

Drug Laws in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

This article first appeared on The Libertarian. In an interesting indication of just how far support for marijuana reform has spread, some lawmakers in the Philippines have expressed interest in legalizing medical marijuana. Others are opposed, making reference to international treaty obligations and claiming the data supporting the drug’s medicinal use is not yet “incontrovertible.” If passed, this reform would

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20
Feb

Daniel Hannan Embodies Growing UK Sentiment on Drug Policy

This post originally appeared at The Libertarian. Daniel Hannan, British Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party, has suggested that Great Britain should consider legalizing drugs. Hannan had described himself in 2007 as “liberal” on drugs policy, but stated at that point that “There is no appetite in Britain to move towards a decriminalisation of narcotics, and that

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25
Jan

Ibogaine Still Illegal in US, Despite Medical Potential

This article first appeared at http://the-libertarian.co.uk. Readers are probably familiar with LSD and MDMA (ecstasy), and may have heard of recent research on their medical uses. A lesser-known psychedelic drug, though, also shows potential despite federal prohibition. Ibogaine, extracted from the root bark of the iboga plant, shows great promise in treating drug addiction. Tabernanthe iboga, a tropical shrub, is

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25
Dec

Legalization Enthusiasm on the March in Latin America

In a region where drug possession is already widely decriminalized, there are now signs of enthusiasm for farther-reaching reforms. In the wake of the first marijuana legalization bill passed in Latin America, there are signs that some other countries in the region are interested in following Uruguay’s example. The movement is not limited to poor or relatively wealthy countries, and

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14
Dec

Uruguay's Mujica Defends Marijuana Legalization

The President of Uruguay has defended himself against accusations from the United Nations concerning his country’s recent passage of a bill to legalize marijuana. “Tell this old man not to lie,” José Mujica remarked1, in reponse to claims by Raymond Yans, head of the International Narcotics Control Board, that Mujica had refused to meet with a UN delegation to discuss the

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11
Nov

SSDP Elects New Students to Board of Directors

At the end of October, nearly 100 SSDPers gathered in Denver, Colorado for the International Reform Conference co-hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and many other organizations. Between learning about current reform efforts and meeting some of the top drug policy activists in the world, students came together for the annual SSDP Congress where they

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8
Nov

Marijuana Activism Spreading in Ireland

The current wave of marijuana-related activism has spread to Ireland. Both the spread of Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters and a recent bill in the national legislature should give residents of the UK’s western neighbor reason for optimism. A bill was put to a vote in the national Irish legislature, the Dáil, on Tuesday. The proposed measure would have

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2
Jul

Announcing SSDP's organizational objectives for 2013-2014

Each year, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy board, staff, and select students and alumni come together for an in-person “Strategy Summit.” Last weekend we discussed the activities and direction of the organization and came to conclusions on our plan for the upcoming year.  This plan is finalized as our 2013-2014 SSDP Organizational Objectives, and we’re proud to share this

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20
May

Shameful anti-drug ad campaign spreads misinformation to DC youth (we're shocked)

On my way home from the office last week, this new print advertisement caught my eye. The ad, sponsored by DC public health officials, warns that if you use “fake weed,” you may turn into a zombie. This point is punctuated by a photo of a young female zombie dressed to the nines for prom with her seemingly oblivious date

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15
Feb

After 6 years, University of Maryland finally approves Good Samaritan policy for all drugs

Yesterday, I returned to the University of Maryland, my alma mater, to attend a University Senate (the governing body comprised of 90% faculty and staff, and 10% students) meeting where members voted 81-2-1 in favor of an important life-saving overdose prevention policy.  The Diamondback reports: After proposing a measure nearly six years ago that would protect dangerously drunk students or

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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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13
Nov

Election day drug policy results

As you know, this election day was an exciting one for drug policy reform. There is a lot we are proud to report, so it’s taken us a few days to get this message to you.  It’s been a crazy week (as you might imagine), and we wanted to take the time to get this important announcement right. Last Tuesday

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15
Oct

Press Release: Pro-Legalization Law Enforcement (LEAP) Group Screens Prop. 19 Documentary

Special Preview and Panel Discussion Planned in Long Beach Long Beach, Calif. – As debates over ballot measures to legalize marijuana heat up in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, a group of cops, judges and other law enforcement officers calling for an end to the war on drugs is holding a special sneak peek at Legalize It, a new documentary about

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24
Sep

Our Annual Report

We’re so excited to release the 2012 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Report! (If you have trouble viewing the PDF, please try the Issuu document viewer below.) This 20 page document outlines SSDP’s accomplishments, online presence, media clips, student testimonials, events, financial information, and more about our activities from June 2011-June 2012. To receive a hard copy of SSDP’s

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