Tag: colorado

17
May

From donor to chapter leader to board member to community health worker

I first found out about Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 2013 when I was only beginning to learn about the harsh realities of the War on Drugs. I decided to donate what I could at the time because I thought the work they were doing was so important and I did not see other student-run organizations that were willing

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5
Feb

Colorado Cannabis Education Campaigns: What works, what doesn’t, and what we’d like to see.

Written by Sarah Diem ‘15 and James Gould ‘15, SSDP Just Say Know interns. Since cannabis legalization in Colorado, different entities have developed educational programs targeted at different groups. One such program is the Good To Know program, developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which is targeted to adults 21 and over and seeks to educate

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11
Dec

SSDP Just Say Know: Tailoring our program for middle and high school youth

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.

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21
Oct

Removing the Prison Slave Labor Exemption

Currently, the US prison population is being put to work for pennies per hour. Often, the benefactors of this labor are private corporations, including Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, and AT&T. Our prison population is not only the largest in the world, both per capita and by pure scale, but is also disproportionately black and latino, largely due to racial discrimination

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13
Oct

Recapping the 2016 SSDP Mountain Regional Conference

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s second regional conference of the year was a huge success! A total of 62 students, alumni, and community members from chapters all over the Mountain and Southwest Region gathered at the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado on the weekend of October 7th-9th for a conference that emphasized coalition building both on and off campus. After

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31
Aug

SSDP Welcomes the Colorado College Chapter

It’s that time of the year again! School is back in session and newly established SSDP chapters are just rolling into outreach staffs’ inboxes. The folks at Colorado College are a newly established chapter and sent me some insight into what it’s been like for them to get started. Check it out! How did you hear about SSDP? One of

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31
Mar

Help Oppose CO HB 16-1344

Written by Sarah Diem, Colorado State Policy Intern and Chapter Leader of University of Colorado Denver Students for Sensible Drug Policy   On March 16, 2016, House Bill 16-1344 was introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives. This new bill proposes the creation of a “special offender category” to be applied to drug suppliers of an illicit substance to an

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25
Jan

SSDP Introduces our 2016 State Policy Interns

Pushing the State Policy Envelope As our national staff continues to grow, we are very excited to announce that we are piloting new state policy internships in New Mexico, New York, and Arizona this year. The State Policy Interns are primarily responsible for monitoring, analyzing, reporting on, and developing appropriate student response to state-level drug policy, particularly those policies which

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31
Mar

What decriminalized cannabis looks like in Spain

Now that the issue of legalizing marijuana has become a central issue in recent years, many are wondering what is the best way to legalize the plant for recreational use. In Washington and Colorado, it is legal for people to smoke in their private residences. But many smokers, especially those of lower economic status and therefore more likely to be

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30
Dec

SSDP Welcomes the Monarch High School Chapter!

Our newest official chapter is at Monarch High School in Boulder, Colorado! Chapter founder and leader Elijah Ullman first got involved with SSDP during the 2012 campaign to tax and regulate marijuana in Colorado. Since then, he has been working tirelessly to start a movement at his school. His hard work and perseverance paid off early this school year, with

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