Tag: 2012

1
May

Cops, moms and students call for an end to drug prohibition

Washington DC – Mothers from around the country will join with law enforcement and students at the National Press Club on May 2nd in honor of Mother’s Day. The press conference will launch a new coalition of national organizations that will represent mothers, police and students that seek to finally end the disastrous drug war. Students for Sensible Drug Policy

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27
Apr

SSDP 2012 brings first International Board Member

In case we haven’t met, my name is Graham de Barra and I am a founding member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland and I attend the University College of Cork where I am currently campaigning for the acceptance of an SSDP chapter. A month ago, I attended the SSDP 2012 Conference in Denver. After a consecutive 30 hours

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25
Apr

Florida Newsletter: Spring 2012

SSDP students have been hard at work all across the sunshine state, working to change impractical policies on state and campus levels. Here are some updates of what our Florida chapters have been up to: LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS 911 Good Samaritan Act of Florida (SB 278) Florida’s 911 Good Samaritan Act is designed to save lives; when someone in America overdoses, a

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19
Apr

911 Good Samaritan Legislation Introduced in Washington, DC

A bill that would provide immunity from legal repercussions for minor drug offenses when calling for emergency aid during an overdose was introduced in the Council of the District of Columbia on Tuesday. Council members Phil Mendelson and Tommy Wells are sponsors of the legislation.   Currently titled the “Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Amendment Act of 2012,” Bill B19-0754 would

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19
Apr

Building Leadership in the Drug Policy Reform Movement

On the weekend of Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd of April, Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK will be hosting its third annual conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. This year’s conference is about building on the re-invigoration of grassroots involvement in the drug policy reform movement and ensuring all who wish to

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19
Apr

Why are you fighting to end the war on drugs?

Last month at the 13th Annual International Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference in Denver, Colorado, we asked our students and supporters to answer the question: “Why are you fighting to end the war on drugs?” Here’s what they said…

16
Apr

SSDP's AMPLIFY Project Summer Camp Contest

This summer, SSDP’s AMPLIFY Project is going to Summer Camp Music Festival, and we want you to come with us! Enter our online raffle for a chance to win one of 3, 3-day passes to the festival by donating $2 or more to SSDP today, and sharing our contest page on Facebook with your friends. So, what are you waiting for? Enter to win, and

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16
Apr

Saving Lives in Florida

On April 6th, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s 911 Good Samaritan Act (SB 278). Although the law won’t technically take effect until October 1st, Florida is now the 13th state to enact some form of Good Samaritan legislation. More specifically, Florida is now the 6th state to extend immunity to possession of controlled substances (joining NM, WA, CT, NY, and IL) and

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11
Apr

Governor Brewer signs bill banning medical marijuana from Arizona campuses

Take action: Email Gov. Brewer to express your dismay and ask her to revoke the ban asap. The state of Arizona has opened a new front in the escalating war on medical cannabis, this time turning their attention directly at youth and students. On Tuesday, April 3, Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that prohibits medical cannabis on

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11
Apr

Announcing the winner of the 2012 SSDP Lifetime Achievement Award

Thought SSDP conference magic was over after our 13th Annual International Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference? Not yet! There is one more very important award we need to present. Watch this video to find out more…     Read about all of this year’s SSDP award recipients here. Congratulations, Jon Perri! Back to top

9
Apr

Experiencing the 55th Commission on Narcotic Drugs: A Student Reflects

At the Madrid Airport, the pc that a friend lent me stopped working. It was kind of funny, I mean, travelling was an exciting concept, and maybe that poor machine couldn’t handle that kind of stress. Not only was this my very first trip to Europe, the purpose for travelling was exciting in and of itself: attending the 55th meeting of the United Nations

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27
Mar

More of the same or inching towards change?

Last week, SSDP made its grand debut at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna, Austria.  This wasn’t the first time that SSDP had participated in the proceedings (many NGO representatives remembered Kris Krane’s much-lauded intervention in the “Beyond 2008” discussions), however it was the first time that SSDP arrived bearing Special Consultative Status from the Economic and Social

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19
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the Kennesaw State University Chapter!

Kennesaw State University, just 20 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, is home to SSDP’s newest official chapter! I spoke with chapter founder and President Palmer Ribley about the journey so far and what the future holds for their chapter;   What made you decide to start an SSDP chapter? This is something I’m very passionate about; I have personal experiences of being directly

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14
Mar

The SSDP2012 Conference Program

With just over a week to go, we’re so excited to share with you the SSDP2012 program.  This beautiful document created by Saul Fougnier includes everything you need to know about the 13th Annual International Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference. Open publication – Free publishing – More colorado   Haven’t registered yet?  You’re in luck — the registration deadline has been extended

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12
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the University of Denver College of Law Chapter!

The University of Denver College of Law is SSDP’s newest official chapter and our newest law school chapter! I spoke with chapter President Daniel Garcia about how he got involved in SSDP, his plans for the chapter, and what the future holds for their chapter and for SSDP.   How did you hear about SSDP? Stuart Rubenstein, our Deputy Chair, and I had

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9
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the University of South Florida Chapter!

The University of South Florida is now home to SSDP newest official chapter! I spoke with chapter founder and President Evan Eisenberg about their journey so far and what’s in store for the chapter moving forward;   How did you hear about SSDP and why did you decide to get involved? During the Spring 2012 semester at the University of South Florida, I took

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5
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the University of Colorado Law School Chapter!

The University of Colorado Law School is SSDP’s newest chapter! I spoke with chapter President Rachelle Yeung  and Vice President Kevin Cheney about their experience so far and their vision for the chapter moving forward; How did you hear about SSDP? Kevin: I heard about SSDP back in 2008 when I was working on my thesis concerning drug policy in the United States. I came across

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2
Mar

Fundraising for Denver

Attending conferences is expensive and sometimes it’s hard to find adequate funding from your school. So where else can you turn? Our NVCC Woodbridgechapter has been hard at work, successfully raising thousands of dollars so far to help cover their travel expenses to attend the 2012 International Conference in Denver (which is now only three weeks away!). Rebecca Samuels, chapter Vice President explains

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1
Mar

SSDP2012 Conference Announcement…

Good news!  Today was the original deadline to register for SSDP2012: The 13th Annual International Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference, but we have decided to extend the deadline until Friday, March 9, 2012.  Register here to join hundreds of others who will be with us in Denver later this month.  (Please Note: After March 9th, you will no longer be able to register

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1
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the University of West Florida Chapter!

SSDP has a brand new chapter at the University of West Florida! I spoke with chapter founder and leader Ethan Watters about his experience so far and his vision for the chapter moving forward; How did you hear about SSDP?  I discovered SSDP by following a user on the website tumblr.com that posts news articles and statistics relating to drug policy reform and

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28
Feb

The Canadian reform movement you haven't heard about

written by David Hewson of CSSDP I haven’t spent a lot of time in the United States, but I’ve gotten the impression that among drug policy activists, Canada gets a lot of respect. The city of Vancouver is well known for InSite, the only legal safe-injection site in North America; busting marijuana users is a low priority for Canadian law enforcement; and so

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24
Feb

“Should Cannabis be Legalised in Ireland?”

“Should Cannabis be Legalised in Ireland?” Debate hosted by SSDP Ireland and the UCC Philosoph in Cork, Ireland. by Graham de Barra, SSDP Ireland In its opening event of the year, SSDP Ireland and the UCC Philosoph society hosted the debate, “Should Cannabis be Legalised in Ireland?” Thanks to fellow health campaigner Aodhrua McAb SSDP was given the opportunity to

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22
Feb

Portugal's Innovative Drug Policies Face Austerity Threat

At conferences and forums around the world, the Portugal model of drug policy is lauded by academics, politicians and service providers and highlighted as an example of effective policy-making.  Ten years after decriminalizing personal use and possession of drugs and moving drug policy from being a law enforcement issue to one of public health, the results have been dramatic.  The future of

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14
Feb

Growing support to discuss marijuana legalization among students on the right [Video]

This past week, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) drew thousands of politically active minds to Washington, DC to highlight the discourse on the right side of the aisle. Each year, CPAC attracts more and more young people, students in particular, and this year there was noticeably stronger support and willingness to talk about reforming our nations’ drug policies among the those

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9
Feb

What's in store for SSDP2012…

We’re proud to announce lots of exciting sessions that will take place during SSDP2012: The 13th Annual International Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference. In keeping with our theme, “Learn. Train. Act.” there will be three types of sessions: panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions. Please note that schedule and content for the conference is subject to change.  More details and updates will be

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