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14
Aug

Farewell from Stacia

Today is my last day working for Students for Sensible Drug Policy after being hired right out of college 11 years ago. It’s hard for me to put into words how much this organization means to me, but I’m going to give it a shot. Even on the most difficult days (of which there were many), I still woke up

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12
Mar

COVID-19 Global Harm Reduction Alert for People Who Use Drugs

This list was compiled by multiple people who wish to remain anonymous. Note: These tips were developed with a global perspective in mind. Certain items, such as the available medication-assisted treatment supply to take home, may vary depending on your location. Please check in with your own community members and direct service providers for the most accurate information. 1) Don’t

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8
Jan

Illinois January 2020 Mini-Conference

Written by Rob Hofmann ’16, Evan Hazlett ’17, and Amy Hildebrand ’15 On January 11th, 2020, DePaul University’s SSDP chapter will be hosting a mini-conference for our Illinois SSDP chapters on DePaul’s campus in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The event will feature many different conversations about how to become involved with SSDP chapters across our global network, and will be highlighting

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26
Dec

Our top 10 of 2019 + 6 days left to double your gift

Students for Sensible Drug Policy did some amazing things in 2019. Our thoughtful, bright, and impressive young activists made huge strides towards SSDP’s vision of a post-prohibition future where safety, justice, and education are prioritized in drug policy. There’s no better time than right now to help us make 2020 even bigger by making a year-end gift. Your gift will

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20
Dec

Julian Hodge ’17 and Sean Cutler ’19 – Our Experience with Leading Decriminalize Santa Cruz

Editor Note: University of California Santa Cruz SSDP plans to utilize the connections they fostered with politicians, advocates, and community members during the Decrim Santa Cruz campaign to ultimately push for the decriminalization of all drugs. To read more about SSDP’s stance on limited drug legalization, please read our policy position document. Written by Julian Hodge ‘17 and Sean Cutler

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4
Dec

Today is Repeal Day: Help SSDP end prohibition

On this day in 1933, alcohol prohibition was repealed in the United States. To put it simply, alcohol prohibition did not work. During the thirteen years of prohibition, alcohol consumption and production never stopped, it was instead sold on the illicit market which allowed organized crime to flourish. Violence linked to criminal organizations increased, and consumption became dangerous because unregulated

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21
Oct

Introducing SSDP Durham!

Here is an interview with Dasha Anderson, the chapter leader of our newest chapter, SSDP Durham! Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. My name is Dasha, I’m a Durham University 4th year student studying towards an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. I’ve had an interest in drugs and

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7
Oct

SSDP Report Card for September 2019

The SSDP Report Card for September is out!  Read on for the latest in chapter news, see where our newest chapters have been founded, check out a growing list of events we’re proud to partner on, and — new this month! — a monthly roundup of Just Say Know drug education news and activities. Thank you for staying in touch

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30
Sep

UN Update: Noteworthy Tidbits About The Progress in Global Cannabis Policy reform

On September 23, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) convened in Vienna for the 5th intersessional meeting. Here is the low-down. What is CND? And what is an Intersessional? The CND is the main decision-making body of the United Nations in all drug control related matters. They make those decisions every March and convene meetings between the March sessions to

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26
Sep

Introducing our George Mason University SSDP chapter!

SSDP at George Mason University (GMU) was recently recognized as a Registered Student Organization (RSO). We’ve also met the criteria for being a Tier I RSO. This means our chapter will have access to school funding, rooms for larger events, catering, and other resources from the Office of Student Involvement at GMU!   This milestone was reached with the support
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25
Sep

SSDP at Bass Center 2019

Bass Center XII was an intentionally socially conscious event that encouraged participation on multiple levels. While most music events just have music, the Be Interactive and Bassnectar team created intentional space outside of the venue for nonprofits to engage attendees. Before the venue doors opened, there were hundreds and hundreds of people congregating outside to talk to non-profit organizations, do
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23
Sep

Letter from Betty Aldworth regarding election to the 4Front Ventures Board of Directors

Today, 4Front Ventures Corp, a publicly held company on the Canadian Securities Exchange, announced my appointment to its Board of Directors. When the invitation came, 4Front’s leadership highlighted the ways I can help strengthen their foundational commitment to advocacy and corporate responsibility while contributing my experience in governance and regulatory compliance. I’m tremendously excited to see how we can generate

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19
Sep

Another Introduction from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis SSDP!

Written by Jessica Briscoe ‘19, Co-Founder of Indianapolis University Purdue University Indianapolis How did you hear about SSDP? My lovely friend, Amy Hildebrand ‘16! Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter? I wanted to get involved in SSDP because the War on Drugs has destroyed thousands of lives in the United States, and

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12
Sep

SSDP receives grant from Threshold Foundation for the Just Say Know Psychedelic Pipeline!

As some of you may have heard at #SSDP2019, Students for Sensible Drug Policy is embarking on a new project to connect our members and alumni interested in a career in psychedelic-assisted therapy and research to quality mentorship, training, and career development opportunities. The Psychedelic Pipeline will serve as a unique pathway for SSDPers to connect to professionals in the
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11
Sep

Drug policy reform must define the U.S. 2020 elections: a call to action

Young people are the largest voting generation in the United States, and in 2018 we outpaced Boomers for the first time ever in voter turnout (during a midterm election, which has lower turnout rates than general election years). Youth-led organizations like Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Sunrise Movement, and Extinction Rebellion will go down in history as the movements which
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29
Aug

Introducing the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Chapter!

Submitted by Jeremy LaReau ‘19, Co-Founder of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis SSDP   I can’t remember when or how I first heard of SSDP, but I have known about SSDP for a long time. I’ve been following the work of MAPS and Drug Policy Alliance for years and likely heard about SSDP from one of those organizations. After moving

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19
Aug

Participate in the SSDP membership survey

The values and priorities of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s student members, alumni, and supporters are where SSDP staff center our work. As a large, distributed grassroots network, we rely on a variety of communication modes to learn about what matters to our members, including our annual membership survey. We rely on the survey results to inform organizational priorities and

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15
Aug

Meet our newest chapter, SSDP Uganda

The War on Drugs is a global one, and we cannot end it without supporting work internationally. Will you help us end it by making a gift to our International Activities Fund today? My name is Nyanda Julius ‘19 and I am the chapter leader of SSDP Uganda. I’m a Ugandan medical student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medicine and

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9
Aug

Introducing the University of Houston SSDP chapter

Welcome to the network, University of Houston SSDP! Chapter leaders Chelsea Pederson ‘19 and Pierce Popson ‘19 recently reached out to Students for Sensible Drug Policy, separately, and have since been working together to get the University of Houston chapter established. I sat down with them to ask about their interest and experience this far.  How did you hear about
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23
Jul

We deserve MORE!

Historic legislation centers justice in cannabis reformToday, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced groundbreaking companion legislation in the United States House of Representatives and Senate to address the state-federal conflict in marijuana laws by removing marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act and establishing cannabis as a legal product which may be regulated by the states.

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9
Jul

Use your CAT points to get to the Reform Conference this fall

Our friends at Drug Policy Alliance are hosting their biennial Reform Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this November and they’ve generously allocated scholarship funding for members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy! The Reform Conference is the largest conference on the issue of drug policy reform. It brings together more than 1,500 people who believe that the War on Drugs

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1
Jul

Farewell from Jake Agliata ’11, welcome Róisín Downes ’15

In June 2014, I joined SSDP’s staff and began an unbelievable five-year journey. I have been privileged to work in a job I love amongst a team of co-workers who I count among my best friends. Perhaps most of all, I have been fortunate to earn the trust of the SSDP family to lead our global programs, a task I

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18
Jun

How SSDP connected me to direct service work

Students for Sensible Drug Policy at the University of Pittsburgh began our relationship with Prevention Point Pittsburgh in the early fall of 2017, shortly after our chapter was founded, when some of our members chose to become trained as syringe exchange program volunteers. The volunteering I have done with Prevention Point Pittsburgh has taken place at their indoor syringe exchange

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18
Jun

Review of the World Ayahuasca Conference 2019

Written by Beth D. Clavé of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. After having to miss the first few editions of the Ayahuasca Conference, I was lucky to present in 2019 at the World AYA as it was held in Gorina, Spain! Girona is a beautiful city located about 100km from the capital of Catalunya, Barcelona in Spain – fans of Game

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10
May

What topics should SSDP leadership discuss? Vote today!

Each year, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Strategy Summit convenes our board and staff, along with invited students and alumni, to review our progress over the last year, set our goals for the coming year, and engage in other high-level discussions related to the organization and our work. This year, as part of our ongoing efforts to engage our

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