Tag: Connecticut

17
Jun

It’s Time to Retire the War on Drugs

50 years ago today, former US President Richard Nixon declared drugs and people who use them “public enemy number one.” Since then, the global War on Drugs has taken the lives of thousands and ruined the lives of millions through criminalization, incarceration, and making drug use dangerous under prohibition.  The War on Drugs was racially motivated from the very beginning. John Ehrlichman,

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17
Jun

Connecticut House and Senate pass cannabis legalization with strong protections for students

For immediate release Primary contact: Jason Ortiz, SSDP Executive Directorjason@ssdo.org, (860) 639-8101 Secondary contact: Zach Green, President of UConn Hartford SSDPz.tyler.green@gmail.com, (860) 671-7414 Hartford – Connecticut became the 19th state to pass cannabis legalization through the legislature when the House of Representatives and Senate both passed SB1201. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor today. “While stronger

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6
Dec

Yale SSDP Co-Hosts CT Gubernatorial Debate

The first statewide gubernatorial debate in Connecticut was held last Tuesday, November 28th at Yale University at an event co-organized by Yale Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Connecticut NORML. The debate featured four major candidates for governor and was focused on drug policy, giving voters their first glance at the stances of each candidate on issues such as marijuana

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25
May

SSDP Welcomes the Quinnipiac University Chapter

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has a brand new chapter at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut! Chapter leaders Anthony Arcamone and Bryan Hargrove first contacted me about starting up a chapter a few months ago, and since then have been able to secure recognition for their chapter by the school. I spoke with Anthony about his accomplishments thus far and

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7
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Yale University Chapter

I’m very excited to introduce our newest chapter in the Northeast region, Yale University! Chapter leader Clement Dupuy contacted us about a month ago about getting a chapter started up and has been working hard to create an established SSDP presence in New Haven. SSDP now has three chapter at Ivy League schools, with Brown University and University of Pennsylvania

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17
Dec

SSDP Tulane takes action on Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410

Written by Emma Tuttleman-Krieger, President of the Tulane University SSDP chapter In the midst of final exams week, SSDP Tulane organized an “Activism Study Break” to help students urge their senators to vote in favor of mandatory minimum sentencing reform like the Smarter Sentencing Act (SSA), S. 1410. Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) initiated a national call-in day on December 11th which provided short

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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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7
May

Connecticut Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legislation

This past weekend, a bill to legalize marijuana as a palliative for the chronically ill was passed by the Connecticut State Senate. This now makes 17 states and the District of Columbia that have passed legislation in support of medical marijuana. The bill passed the Senate 21-13, passed the house 96-51, and is currently on its way to Governor Malloy’s

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25
Oct

Outrageous drug search conducted at a CT high school

As a society, what are we willing to lose in the pursuit of a drug-free world? A lot, apparently. Last week Wolcott High School in Wolcott, Connecticut conducted a school-wide search for drugs by police officers and drug-sniffing dogs. In order to clear the halls to conduct the search, the school used an unconventional method. Early in the school-day, a school administrator

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11
Mar

Southern Connecticut State University Students Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization

CONNECTICUT – The student government association at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) passed a resolution in support of Gov. Malloy’s marijuana decriminalization Bill, SB 1014, with a vote of 12-4 on Friday afternoon. The Student Government Association represents over 13,000 undergraduates in the Connecticut university system. SCSU Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Co-President and Student Government Representative Thomas Hils worked with

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