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Washington, DC – Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and actor Tray Cheney (“Poot”) of The Wire, will honor Niambe Tosh, daughter of legendary singer and activist Peter Tosh and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) for their extraordinary efforts in the fight to legalize marijuana.SSDP’s honorees have been committed advocates to the cause. Peter Tosh called on the world to ‘Legalize It’ six years after President Richard Nixon officially declared the ‘War on Drugs,’ and as a mother, teacher and a key member of her father’s Estate, his daughter Niambe carries on that fight today. Congressman Polis stood out as the first member of Congress to specifically call for marijuana legalization from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2010. He also introduced medical marijuana legislation and was an original cosponsor of the first-ever marijuana legalization bill in Congress, introduced in June 2011. WHO: Niambe Tosh, daughter of legendary singer and activist Peter Tosh
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
Actor Tray Cheney (“Poot”) from The Wire
Aaron Houston, executive director of SSDP
WHAT: First Annual SSDP “Legalize It” Event: legalizeit.eventbrite.com
WHEN: Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: KStreet Lounge, 1301 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.SSDP has been working with the Tosh Foundation to keep the memory alive of those millions of lives lost and destroyed as a result of drug war. Aaron Houston, executive director of SSDP said today, “We’re proud to represent the next generation to continue the struggle for freedom that Peter Tosh sparked. We’re educating students, parents, and teachers around the country that, in reality, the War on Drugs is a war on all of us.” Congressman Jared Polis, a leader in Congress on marijuana legalization, said, “America’s 40 year drug war has indisputably failed. SSDP is a leader in educating and mobilizing young people on this issue. I look forward to continue working with them to responsibly reform our drug laws.” SSDP will also announce the winner at the event of its Legalize It video contest surrounding the introduction of the first-ever marijuana legalization bill in Congress. ###