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 “extreme ecstasy“. Why would anyone try to label ecstasy as extreme in the hopes that it would scare young people away from using it? Has the ONDCP ever seen the X-Games or what about Extreme Doritos? The word extreme has been used over

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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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