3
Nov

Marijuana Initiatives Fail in Three States

It was bad night for marijuana law reform. Proposition 19, the ballot initiative heard round the world, was defeated by California voters by a larger margin than supporters expected. The initiative still brought in 46% support – nothing to scoff at, and took the legalization issue to the forefront of American politics. It also left half-witted journalists scrambling to see

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4
Sep

Drug Testing for the Scrap Booking Club?

Parents of a student in the Delaware Valley School District have threatened a law suit over the student drug testing policy that requires all students to be tested if they want to participate in sports, extra curricular activities or have campus parking permits. The student in question wanted to be part of the scrap-booking club and her parents asked that she be

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26
Aug

Google Runs Our Ad After Facebook Censored It

SIGN THE PETITION! Google has accepted our Just Say Now marijuana legalization ads.   Just this week, the ads were removed by Facebook, which claimed that the image of a marijuana leaf was in violation of its policy – despite the fact that the ad had at least 38 million impressions on Facebook earlier this month. The ads will begin running

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19
Aug

The Mawkish and the Macabre

It’s a private museum housed in the Secretary of Defense in Mexico City. It’s a museum filled with objects and information about the drug war but collected by the military. Its keepers say that it’s a museum with a message, and an explicit training purpose for public officials about the lives, lifestyles, deaths, and activities of the drug trafficking organizations, especially so

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8
Aug

SSDP Alumni: Making an Impact

When I chose my classes for my first semester at UC Berkeley, I could have never imagined that signing up for a seminar on European folk tales would change my life. On the first day of the class, the professor asked all of us why we had chosen Berkeley. Unsurprisingly, a few of us had come to Berkeley because of

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29
Dec

Seattle Mayor-Elect is Pro Legalization

Mike McGinn is the first to point out that his support for the legalization and regulation of cannabis is nothing new. The Seattle Mayor-Elect shares the same point of view as former Seattle Police Chief turned Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speaker, Norm Stamper. Then you’ve got Seattle Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson who just introduced a bill to legalize and tax in Washington state.

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23
Dec

Help Send Students to San Francisco

With SSDP’s International Conference rapidly approaching, some SSDP chapters are looking for donations to help them make it out to San Francisco. Each week, I’ll be posting a different video from an SSDP chapter or member asking for your help to get them to the conference. You probably heard about SSDP getting scrooged by those grinches at Chase Bank. The $25,000 we should have won

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23
Dec

A SSDP Christmas for MSSU

Here at SSDP, we hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday and we look forward to the new year to bring about more sensibility to policies surrounding drugs. If you have a little extra Christmas cheer you’d like to spread, please donate to the Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) SSDP chapter and help them come out to San Francisco on

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21
Dec

Boycott Chase Bank

It’s not because we didn’t win. In fact, we’re quite positive we did win and that we were disqualified because Chase doesn’t agree with our mission. We’re boycotting Chase because they refuse to explain whether SSDP and MPP were disqualified from the contest based on the subject matter we work on. (read the previous post to learn more about the contest)

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10
Dec

10 Second Activism

That’s right folks. In under 10 seconds and with just a few clicks of your mouse you can help SSDP win $1 Million on Facebook! Just go to Click for Reform and follow the easy-as-pie steps. There’s 2 rounds of voting. The 100 organizations with the most votes will each win $25,000 and make it into the 2nd round for a chance at winning

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8
Dec

The Adventures of SSDP Man!

Please check out the many fantastic videos we received for the the Seeds of Reform conference scholarship party. You’ll find a wide spectrum of creative submissions from chapters all around the country letting you know why they need to come to SSDP’s 11th Annual International Drug Policy Conference. The students at our UMD chapter tried their hand at rapping about drug policy, Fitchburg

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19
Nov

Rhode Island Eliminates Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

I have to say, I love my home state of Rhode Island. We are showing the world how to create sensible policies surrounding medical marijuana and are reforming devastating mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession – all through the legislature. All this despite a governor that has an itchy veto finger when anything calling for common sense drug policy hits his desk.

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18
Nov

LEAP Tells the DEA What's Up About Marijuana Scheduling

Last week the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its support of removing marijuana from Schedule I status. The AMA has refused to budge on this for a long time now, and opponents of marijuana law reform often cite the organization’s stance in their argument that pot prohibition is a good thing. The DEA hasn’t made a stink about the announcement but I

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16
Nov

Drug Policy Reform Conference Withdrawal

After five days of being surrounded with over 1,000 like-minded drug policy reformers at the 2009 Drug Policy Alliance conference, it’s easy to forget that the entire world isn’t filled with people who accept the beauties of logic and reasoning when talking about drug policy. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Ethan Nadelmann, Drug Policy Alliance’s Executive Director, making

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11
Nov

AMA Calls for Review of Marijuana Schedule

“Our American Medical Association (AMA) urges that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines,” the AMA’sstatement (PDF) reads. “This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the

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6
Nov

Tim Lincecum Arrested on Marijuana Charges

Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, was arrested this week for possession of marijuana and a pipe after being pulled over for speeding. He’ll only have to pay a fine for paraphernalia possession and speeding however.   I like Tim Lincecum. I get the same warm and fuzzy feeling watching him pitch that I used to get watching Roger Clemens

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1
Nov

All Aboard the Oxycontin Express

The Oxycontin Express The above special is part of Current TV’s vanguard series and examines the legal and illegal market for prescription pills like oxycodone while telling the story of an oxycodone addict and his family in Broward County, Florida, where the Oxycontin Express begins its travel to Appalachia. It focuses on the ease in which people are able to

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29
Oct

SSDP Testifies at CA Marijuana Legalization Hearing

Yesterday at the California State House in Sacramento, members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy attended the state’s first hearing on the regulation and taxation of cannabis. Alex Woon and Kraig Negrete of the San Jose State University chapter joined UC Berkeley chapter members Matt Kintz, Rishi Malhotra, and alumni Suzy Sim to witness the hearing and give a 30 second “elevator argument”

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29
Oct

NH Medical Marijuana Bill is Vetoed

The NH Senate wouldn’t budgeon overriding Gov. Patrick Lynch’s veto of the law which had passed both the House and Senate earlier this year. The 14-10 vote was in favor of the bill but didn’t give the 2/3 majority needed for the override.   Matt Simon, executive directorNH Compassion ran a fantastic campaign that brought medical marijuana legislation farther than it had

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9
Oct

Keene Smokeouts Not Helping to Legalize Marijuana

I lived in Keene, NH for one year before moving to San Francisco to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. For 3 years before that I was going to to school at Franklin Pierce University, about 30 minutes from Keene. Recently some members of the Keene community have taken to the city’s center at 4:20 in the afternoon to

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6
Oct

80% of Puerto Rico Murders Called Prohibition-Related

The title actually read “Drug-Related.” We know better. Just like the U.S-Mexican border, this isn’t violence caused by people taking drugs and going out on murderous rampages. These murders are fueled by a desire to control the drug trade. Something that is worth quite a bit of money. University of Puerto Rico researcher Hector Colon said that the island’s drug

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1
Oct

Pot Discussed Rationally on Today Show

Marie Claire magazine’s recent article, Stiletto Stoners, has touched a nerve with professional women across the country. A recent study showed an estimated 8 million American women used marijuana last year (those are the ones that admitted to it) and we’re not talking about the 16 year old girl buying grass in the school parking lot after she “discovered” Janis Joplin. These professionals are living

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28
Sep

Attention Fellow Undergrads: I am a Sober Virgin

Here’s an example of an attempt at harm-reduction gone terribly wrong: MADD announces an exclusive license agreement with Hill Street Marketing Inc. to produce a line of alcohol-free beverages, MADD Virgin Drinks, which will provide American consumers with a delicious and socially responsible alternative to alcoholic beverages. Cool. I’m down with non-alcoholic beverages (although I prefer a nice, frosty, alcoholic Guinness myself).

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22
Sep

Cops Play Wii During Drug Raid

Surveillance video from a Florida home shows police playing Wii bowling during a drug raid. As investigators searched the home for drugs, some drug task force members found other ways to occupy their time. Within 20 minutes of entering Difalco’s house, some of the investigators found a Wii video bowling game and began bowling frame after frame.   To be

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20
Sep

Amendment Withdrawn!

In short – we won the battle. Rep. Mark Souder withdrew his amendment to bar financial aid from students with drug possession convictions. He said ” I was probably going to lose today.” This war ain’t over though. A compromise to the amendment will be made in conference committee and it is expected that students convicted of felony drug crimes

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