February 2021 Report Card

February 2021 Report Card

This month, we announced the hiring of our new Executive Director, Jason Ortiz ‘08! In addition to being a longstanding alumnus of our network, Jason has been on the frontlines of the cannabis equity movement and has led over a dozen races for elected office as campaign manager and political consultant, bringing significant experience to the youth movement to end the War on Drugs. Our Interim Executive Directors, Rachel Wissner ‘11 and Luis Montoya ‘16, will retain their roles as Director of Development and Communications and Programs Director.

This February was also the first month we celebrated Black Futures Month, putting a forward-looking spin on Black History Month by celebrating Black members of our global network on social media. To cap off the month, SSDP hosted a panel featuring SSDP members and alumni to discuss how the War on Drugs has affected Black communities globally, facilitated wonderfully by our African Development Consultant Moronfolu Adeniyi ‘14! Additionally, multiple SSDP chapters across the network started or made significant gains on their policy priorities, which you can read about in our Network Highlights. 

#Sensible2021 registration has launched, with early bird registrations due March 19th. With cutting-edge core conference program, prominent keynote speakers, informative and entertaining, and multiple virtual networking sessions spread across 4 days, you’re not going to want to miss this. Make sure you register ASAP!

New Activists and Chapters

  • Ohio University
  • Serina Gordon (Ambassador)
  • Jake Hadamik (Ambassador)
  • SSDP Surrey
  • SSDP Bristol

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Network highlights

  • Minneapolis SSDP spurred a collaborative statement from the MN Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division and the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (OMHDD) condemning the use of drug detection dogs in treatment settings, stating it is not evidence-based nor culturally- and trauma-informed. 
  • Brett Mulligan ’18 and Willamette University College of Law SSDP members co-authored the Oregon Cannabis Equity Act that was recently introduced in the Oregon State Legislature
  • SSDP University College London got approval from their Student Union to hold harm reduction workshops during Freshers Week and to share a virtual Freshers Week Harm Reduction Pack
  • University of Washington SSDP participated in the successful campaign to secure funds to establish a safe consumption space in Seattle in 2021
  • Michigan State University raised $240 at their Valentine’s Day fundraiser
  • Kat Ebert ’18 of Michigan State University SSDP received a donation of office space for the Decriminalize Lansing campaign

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These events include those which are hosted by SSDP, SSDP International, SSDP chapters, or in which we are partners or co-hosts, or feature an SSDP member as a speaker. If your chapter is hosting an event that you’d like listed, please let your SSDP team member know. Check the “Member Benefits” section for event discount codes! See our Events Calendar for more events and days of action.

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