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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29
Aug

U.S. Department of Justice Won't Challenge State Marijuana Laws

From: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/August/13-opa-974.html Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy in light of recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under state law, the possession of small amounts of marijuana and provide for the regulation of marijuana production, processing, and sale. In a new memorandum outlining the policy, the Department makes clear that marijuana remains

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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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10
Jan

SSDP Welcomes the Fort Lewis College Chapter!

It is my pleasure to announce SSDP’s newest official chapter, Fort Lewis College! I have been working with chapter founder and leader Clayton McConnell since he got in touch with us during the Amendment 64 marijuana legalization campaign. We had SSDPers all over Colorado and Clayton played a big part in that by successfully coordinated the get-out-the-vote effort on his college

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20
Dec

Brad Pitt Almost Says Our Name

Drug policy reform is going mainstream in a significant way these days. Brad Pitt, famous actor and heartthrob, is taking on our issue. In a statement issued yesterday, Pitt said, in response to President Obama’s recent statement about not prioritizing federal resources to target users in Colorado and Washington, “The President’s statement reflects a saner and more sensible drug policy,

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12
Dec

AMPLIFY Project Interview with EOTO

Brian Gilbert & Brooke Napier, National Outreach Coordinators for the AMPLIFY Project, asked Jason Hann of EOTO & The String Cheese Incident a few questions last week about the recent passage of Amendment 64 and how the music community can encourage youth to get involved in the political process.   BG: First off, thank you so much taking the time

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29
Nov

AMPLIFY Project Interview with Big Gigantic

Brooke Napier, National Outreach Coordinator for the AMPLIFY Project, asked Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic a few questions last week about the recent passage of Amendment 64 and how the music community can encourage youth to get involved in the political process. Thank you for taking the time before tonight’s show to talk with me! Amendment 64 in your home

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13
Nov

Election day drug policy results

As you know, this election day was an exciting one for drug policy reform. There is a lot we are proud to report, so it’s taken us a few days to get this message to you.  It’s been a crazy week (as you might imagine), and we wanted to take the time to get this important announcement right. Last Tuesday

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9
Nov

We did it! Colorado Legalizes Marijuana!

We did it! There were so many people who didn’t think it was possible. There were so many people who never thought they would see the day. But it was possible. And we did see the day. That day was Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, and drug policy will never be the same.   The final results for Colorado’s Amendment 64

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9
Nov

SSDP Phonebank Winners

Well folks, we did it! Thanks in part to the phone calls made by our students and volunteers, we made marijuana legal in Colorado! We generated nearly 16,000 phone calls to Colorado voters about Amendment 64!   As promised, our top callers will be rewarded with SSDP care packages, NORML DVD’s, campaign memorabilia, and more!    Our top calling chapters

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5
Nov

No pressure or anything, young voters

Yesterday, SurveyUSA and the Denver Post reported new findings on the chances of Colorado voters legalizing marijuana like alcohol tomorrow. In a memo to the Denver Post, the pollsters explained: “Passage would be driven largely by the support of younger voters, who sometimes are less reliable, turnout-wise, than are older voters. Older voters oppose Amendment 64, and if the amendment should go down to

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29
Oct

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Endorses Amendment 64

I’m reporting to you live from on the ground in Colorado, where I’m helping to get out the marijuana vote in the final days before the election! Our students all over the country have been making thousands of phone calls to Colorado voters, and now we’re here on the front lines activating voters and helping push Amendment 64 over the

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5
Sep

Launching Our Marijuana Legalization Phonebank!

We are proud to announce the launch of our Phonebank for Colorado’s Amendment 64, the Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol!   Amendment 64, otherwise known as the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, will appear on the Colorado ballot during this year’s presidential election and will be decided on November 6, 2012. It makes personal adult use of marijuana legal,

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24
Aug

You’re invited to the 2012 Mountain Plains Regional Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference!

Register today to join students and advocates from all over Colorado and the Mountain Plains region at the University of Colorado, Boulder on September 7-9 for this exciting learning and networking event. We’ve just extended the early bird registration rate so be sure to register before Monday, August 27th at 11:59pm MST to take advantage of the discounted rate. As

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8
Aug

Colorado Marijuana Poll Shows 47% Support of Amendment 64

The latest poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP), released today, revealed that 47% of likely Colorado voters support Amendment 64, the Initiative to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol. This marks a slight increase over PPP’s previous poll conducted in June, which showed only 46% approval. As of this latest poll, 38% of likely Colorado voters disapprove of Amendment 64, which marks

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31
May

Sexy Pizza Launches Sensible Students Pizza in Denver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 31, 2012 Contact: Kayvan S. T. Khalatbari, Sexy Pizza 303-830-8111 or Stacia Cosner, Students for Sensible Drug Policy 410-299-3433 DENVER, CO – Sexy Pizza, winner of the 2012 Westword Reader’s Choice Award for Best Pizza, with two locations in Denver, CO, has created the “SSDPizza,” which will benefit Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The traditional New

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