12
Jan

Legalization in El Paso

By now you are probably aware of the recent resolution, written and passed by the El Paso city council, that included an amendment encouraging that ending drug prohibition be discussed. The resolution was aimed at addressing and drawing attention to the rising violence occurring in the city of Juárez, Mexico which borders El Paso, Texas. After passing unanimously, the resolution was quickly

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6
Jan

Is it Over Yet?

The DEA has continued to raid medical marijuana dispensaries in California since President Obama took office. We know Obama has stated the he does not support using justice department resources to undermine state law on this issue. Yet the DEA continues to waste these resources on law abiding, tax paying dispensaries. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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10
Dec

Ask the Drug Czar a Question!

True. Drug Czar John Walters will be replaced shortly. But lets not make these last two months any easier for him. Take just a few minutes to ask him a question or two about U.S. drug policy with this nifty form on the White House website. Some topics to ask him about: Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity HEA Aid Elimination Penalty Prohibition Related Violence in

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7
Dec

Sign the Obama Drug Policy Petition

Ideas are fantastic. So why not have an idea machine? SSDP has one and his name is Micah Daigle. His latest idea is a facebook petition that has generated nearly 17,000 signatures. What’s this petition all about you ask? Well, its calling on President Elect Obama to reform U.S. drug policy. We petition that… When you called the War on Drugs an

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19
Nov

Why Smoke One Blunt?

I’m in DC right now, gearing up for SSDP’s 10th Annual International Conference, which I’m sure you already know all about. I’m actually burning the midnight oil with SSDP’s eastern region outreach director Amber Langston. We can see Prince George’s County from her house, a place where the county council just voted to do something very unlikely to achieve the goals the council

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4
Nov

Vote today!!!

I don’t care who you vote for. I really don’t. Obama, McCain, Nader, Moore, whatever. Still holding out hope for Ron Paul? Fine, just vote. Please make sure your voices are heard on this day. It will be exciting to watch the results come in, but it will be even more exciting to watch the drug policy reform movement, as

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29
Oct

How to Make a Drug Warrior Look Foolish

Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, recently leaped at the chance to make herself look absolutely foolish by attacking SSDP’s ally Law Enforcement Against Prohibition on an email list of over 300 delegates and officials that attended theUN forum on Illegal Drugs. “These guys in the videos are EX-law enforcement for a reason! Hundreds of thousands of current law enforcement find

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6
Oct

If it might work…

Gulab Mangal, the governor of an Afghani province, Helmand, wants to try a new approach to controlling opium poppies in his land. Helmand is the largest poppy producing province in Afghanistan, a lot of which goes to fund groups such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. He wants to stop the farmers from planting poppies, rather than destroy it once they

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6
Sep

Tax it, Legalize it!

North Carolina is one of 23 states that have a tax on illegal drugs. I can’t speak to the way the others work, but in North Carolina the tax on illegal drugs is considered a purely civil issue. Thus, you can be acquitted of a drug crime and still be taxed on the drugs. The burden of proof is on the defendant, and the tax

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27
Aug

Life in Prison for a Single Dose

This is a slightly old story but I think it needs to be discussed. There are several key points that I feel are important to make. Eugene Atkins, a 21 year old man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was convicted in 2006 of selling a lethal dose of heroin to a 17-year-old boy. Matthew McKinney and his friend, Christopher Perrin, bought the heroin

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16
Aug

SSDP on MTV

SSDP is now a group on MTV think. Create a profile and join the group right here. I know what your thinking. MTV? Involved with something that isn’t lowering the quality of popular music and convincing the average 16 year old that they are entitled to a Mercedes Benz and a birthday party that is incomplete without flame throwing trapeze artists

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15
Aug

DARE Conference Wrap Up

Update: The UStream broadcast mentioned below has been canceled. It will be rescheduled. Friends, I’d like to let you know that I’m alive and well — albeit intellectually exhausted — following my attendance at the DARE conference this week. I have video clips and insights to share, but I’ll save those for my UStream broadcast next week. I hope you

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13
Aug

Higher Education Act Supports Drug Abuse

After a full 10 years of contacting representatives, gathering signatures, writing articles, and spreading the outrage, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, along with hundreds of supporting organizations was sure their determined efforts would finally pay off and that Congressional leadership would follow through with their pledge to repeal the counterproductive Aid Elimination Penalty of the Higher Education Act. However, we have yet again been terribly

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12
Aug

Live Blogging from DARE Conference

I’m sitting in a session that’s about parents who provide alcohol to teenagers in controlled settings and how “irresponsible” those parents are. The instructor just gave a speech about harm reduction actually being “harm promotion” and made an analogy about parents teaching their kids how to “shoplift responsibly.” Riiiight. Perfect analogy. Because every high school student shoplifts the night of

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12
Aug

D.A.R.E Conference: Day One

Today was a bit of a bust. There were only two training sessions, followed by a parade of all the “pimped out” D.A.R.E. vehicles seized via asset forfeiture laws, a motorcycle stunt show, and an opening reception with mariachi music and fajitas. (Okay, so it was kind of fun.) I did get a lot of great video footage today, but

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11
Aug

Rachel Hoffman

It has been 3 months since 23 year old Rachel Hoffman was killed in a botched drug sting set up by the Tallahassee Police Department. After being arrested twice for marijuana, Rachel was given an ultimatum, turn informant of face up to 5 years in prison. As a recent Florida State University graduate and with plans to attend culinary school

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11
Aug

SSDP at D.A.R.E. Conference

It has been four years since I represented SSDP at the D.A.R.E. conference, a gathering of hundreds of well-intentioned police officers from across North America who teach misinformation and scare tactics rather than honest, reality based drug education. Well, here I am in San Antonio, TX, getting ready to do it again. And after watching this promo video, I have to tell you,

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7
Aug

Maryland Mayor House Raided

The mayor of the Berwyn Heights community in Maryland, Cheye Calvo, found himself last Tuesday evening on the floor of his house with his hands behind his back, wearing nothing but boxers and socks, with his two beloved dogs’ bloody carcasses lying lifeless next to him for hours. The first question that pops into my mind after hearing a description

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20
May

SSDP President Denied Ballot Spot

Stacia Cosner, SSDP Board Member and president of the UMD SSDP chapter was notified yesterday that she will be taken off the ballot for senate elections because of a drug arrest that is nearly two years old. Read about it here.

8
Jan

Extreme Ecstasy Gains Attention

Just when you think the ONDCP couldn’t backtrack anymore, John Walters warns us of the dangers of “

6
Jan

Mitt Romney Avoids Legalization

This semester I had the opportunity to intern with Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana in New Hampshire. GSMM followed NH presidential candidates and put on the pressure about medical marijuana. Mainly we wanted to know what candidates were willing to end the raids on medical marijuana patients in the 12 states that have passed legislation protecting patients and their doctors. National Journal did

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