Tag: California

15
Oct

SSDP Welcomes a New Chapter at UC-Irvine School of Law

This month, SSDP gained another chapter at the University of California (UC) Irvine School of Law! UC – Irvine School of Law will join our other law school chapters to address the harms and failures of the drug war from a legal and academic perspective. Being a law student gives you a unique perspective to address the drug war and

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19
Sep

No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

When Doug and Catherine Snodgrass shared the story of their autistic son’s arrest for drug sale charges this past February, they put a face to the very real problems perpetuated by zero tolerance policies in schools. On September 12th, the parents joined four experts in a teleconference on improving drug education hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) to once

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1
Apr

SSDP's 911 Good Samaritan Policy Database Updated

Special thanks to our intern Greg Weeks for researching and compiling this data, as well as writing this blog post. We’ve updated our database of colleges and universities with 911 Good Samaritan (also referred to as medical amnesty) policies! We found and catalogued 186 institutions and 21 states with such policies in place. The full list of schools can be found

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1
Nov

SSDP endorses California's Proposition 36

Proposition 36 seeks to reform California’s existing “three strikes” sentencing scheme, which allows for a person to be sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of a third felony crime. The law came into place after the shocking kidnapping and murder in California of 12-year old Polly Klaas in 1993, by a person with prior criminal offenses. Following the

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17
Jul

Feds Target Harborside Health Center

Take action today. Last week, we found out that the California US Attorney’s office plans to seize the properties of Harborside Health Center (Oakland and San Jose) under federal laws that strictly prohibit the distribution of marijuana.This forfeiture is part of a widespread escalating federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries across California that has resulted in hunudreds of dispensaries being

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18
Jun

Feds raid yet another state-compliant medical cannabis organization

On Thursday, June 7, US Attorney Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee with a straight face that his agency, “limit[s] our enforcement efforts to those individuals, organizations that are acting out of conformity with State law.” Just four days later, federal agents raided El Camino Wellness Center in Sacramento, a medical cannabis organization in full compliance with State and

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27
Feb

SSDP Students Seek to Unite Marijuana Law Reform Movements in Oregon and California

This past weekend, our students at the Lewis and Clark Law School and University of Southern California made SSDP history while hosting back to back marijuana legalization initiative forums in California and Oregon. With four initiatives currently circulating Oregon, and five in California, our students organized public forums to address the initiatives themselves, and unite cannabis reformers around one campaign

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13
Jan

University of Southern California Joins SSDP Chapter Network

Name: Steven Hwang and Alex Norby School: University of Southern California Major: BA Human Performance & BA Political Science Chapter Position: Co-Founders SSDP: How did you hear about SSDP? Steven and Alex: I heard about SSDP during my sophomore year (2010) when Prop 19 was gaining momentum in California. I was determined to get involved and a few students on campus

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29
Mar

Stop the Raids

Despite the Department of Justice memo advising the DEA and federal prosecutors not to spend resources arresting medical marijuana patients and raiding medical marijuana providers in states that have passed legislation protecting these people, federal agents have recently shut down 26 medical cannabis dispensaries in Montana and California. Just Say Now, SSDP’s partnership with Firedoglake has written a letter telling Attorney

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12
Jan

SSDP and ACLU hold California Criminal Justice series

A Critical Eye on Criminal Justice The students of Golden Gate Law School’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are proud to host a series of panels designed to educate, inform, and reflect on California’s criminal justice system. We encourage your attendance to provide insight and speak with others concerning California’s criminal justice system. Please see below for more information about

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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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29
Jul

Straight From the Whitehouse: Marijuana is Dangerous

First, Seattle Hempfest congratulates him for his new title and commends him for being one of “Seattle’s finest”. Then, he calls for an end to the “war on drugs”. And for a couple of months, he manages to remain completely silent about drugs, using the excuse that he’s still finding his way around the office. But finally, last week, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske shocks

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6
Jan

Is it Over Yet?

The DEA has continued to raid medical marijuana dispensaries in California since President Obama took office. We know Obama has stated the he does not support using justice department resources to undermine state law on this issue. Yet the DEA continues to waste these resources on law abiding, tax paying dispensaries. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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