Students for Sensible Drug Policy did some amazing things in 2018. Our thoughtful, bright, and impressive young activists made huge strides towards SSDP’s vision of a post-prohibition future where safety, justice, and education are prioritized in drug policy. There’s no better time than right now to help us celebrate 20 years and the start of 2019 by making a year-end
Several months ago, we announced that we hired James Gould ’15 and Sarah Diem ’15 as Interns under the SSDP Just Say Know Peer Education program. James and Sarah are tailoring our Just Say Know resources, which are targeted toward college-age students, for a younger demographic and presenting it to 8th and 11th grade students at a Denver public school.
84 years ago today, alcohol prohibition was repealed in the United States with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. From 1920-1933, the prohibition of alcohol caused rampant violence linked to criminal organizations that controlled the supply of illegal alcohol; wasted government spending in a futile effort to stop people from drinking; and consumption of dangerous, unregulated products of unknown provenance.
On July 6, 2016, Alaska governor Bill Walker took a major leap towards a sensible alcohol policy by signing SB 165 into law. Taking effect on October 4, 2016, this new piece of legislation is positive for Alaskan parents and teenagers, as it lowers drinking penalties in multiple ways for those under 21, and instead focuses on educating youth about
This article was originally published at The Libertarian. This past Friday marked the anniversary of national alcohol prohibition. Prohibition would have been 94 years old on January 17th; the 18th Amendment first went into effect on that date in 1920. The state of Georgia had tried alcohol prohibition as early as the 18th century, and wisely abandoned it after finding
This article originally published at the-libertarian.co.uk. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has never exactly had the reputation of an unbiased authority on drug use, and this is not simply because of its name. As CNN’s Sanjay Gupta recently pointed out, the agency is responsible for approving every scientific study on marijuana, and 94% of current studies deal ostensibly with the drug’s
Today, I turn 21. For five full years the government has trusted me to safely operate a motor vehicle. For three full years, it has considered me capable of making my own decisions regarding tobacco products and tattoos. And, most importantly, for three full years I have been an adult in the eyes of the law. I am responsible for
Written by Jess Cochrane This article also appears on http://witness4peace.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-war-on-drugs-is-war-on-people_11.html Ask any well-informed policy wonk in the U.S. what they think about drug policy, and they’re likely to tell you what is quickly becoming mainstream opinion: that our nation’s approach to drug policy has failed. Surely, there are many examples that prove that the U.S. policy of prohibition has done
Four years ago, as a sophomore at the University of Maryland (and at the time President of the UMD SSDP chapter), I was elected to the University Senate, the most powerful policy making body on campus, comprised of 90% faculty, and 10% students. In an effort to place myself in a position to influence campus drug policy, I sought and received
Representative Chuck Damschen (R-ND) has introduced a bill that would ban drinking or possessing alcohol at college sporting events if anyone under the age of 18 is attending the game. If adopted, the bill would prohibit alcohol in stadiums and tailgate parties, even if they took place across the street. “I thought this is a chance for everybody who says that they