We have a newly established chapter in Michigan! I’d like to welcome Ahmad Khasawneh of Wayne State University to the SSDP family. Check out what he has to say about his new chapter and their hopes for the future!
How did you hear about SSDP?
I was browsing through reddit one time and noticed that SSDP was running an Indiegogo campaign; my curiosity took the best of me and I discovered that my university did not have a chapter so I decided to take the initiative to establish one.
Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter?
Making changes around campus for the most part; just like any other person, I like to see the fruits of my labor manifest into something bigger. Making a change on campus and hopefully beyond really appealed to me – especially given the fact that dealt with something that I am intrinsically interested in.
What has the reception been like on campus? From students, teachers, administration, etc.
We are set to kick off the semester soon so we haven’t had any meetings yet; but I believe that my school will be open to many of the principles that embody SSDP
What are some of the things you have planned or want to plan for next semester?
Being in the city of Detroit, drug addiction and crime are rampant. Wayne State’s campus police patrol an area of Detroit that is larger than the campus itself; and so, I would like to establish a Good Samaritan policy and train our campus force with handling Narcan
What is the most challenging part of your experience starting/running the chapter so far?
I’m honestly just a really busy person so putting together this club with minimal help has been slightly troublesome; but overall I would say that it hasn’t been as challenging as I anticipated.
What is the most rewarding part?
Knowing that the campaigns SSDP runs can make a difference on a community level seems like it would be the most rewarding part of the experience. It is really eye opening knowing that your effort could go noticed by the whole student body.
What are you most excited about for your chapter/school/state/region/ssdp/drug policy right now?
Michigan is one of the few states that is on the forefront to legalizing recreational use of marijuana, most people that I have spoken to realize that possession/consumption should not result in incarceration nor detainment; so hopefully working to legalize weed in Michigan is going to be a thrill.
What is your vision for Wayne State SSDP? Where do you see your chapter in a year? In 4 or 5 years?
In 5 years or so I hope that the chapter had fulfilled all of its goals and aspirations and is working to at least actively educate the public about the misgivings of the war on drugs