Tag: dc

31
Oct

Nothing Worthwhile Ever Comes Easy

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University A recent article in the Express Newspaper questioned what initiative 71 would accomplish if it were passed, as even if a yes vote were allowed to stand, it would be legal to possess and cultivate small amounts of marijuana however one would not be able

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31
Oct

The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana and How Passing Initiative 71 will Help

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University Synthetic marijuana, a byproduct of the United States’ war on drugs, is killing Americans. In August 2012, officials in Davie, FL banned the sale of some forms of synthetic marijuana after 30-year-old Tod Parkinson was found dead on his kitchen floor, near packages labeled

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28
Oct

Today I Was Found Guilty of Two Violations of American University’s Drug Policy

Written by an American University Student who wishes to remain anonymous. While the scene unfolded, I sat on the ground with my head against the wall and thought “if we were drinking in there we would have never been caught.” Waiting for the procedures to follow, my anxiety raged inside of me because this was the biggest mistake I made in

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21
Oct

Vote Yes on Initiative 71

Written by Greg Gaffney-Bills of George Washington University SSDP On September 14th, the Washington Post came out against Initiative 71, arguing that decriminalization is sounder policy than legalization. There is substantial evidence that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, but the anti-legalization sentiment certainly makes marijuana’s use more dangerous. Initiative 71 eliminates drug dealers’ role and ensures no harmful additives

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20
Oct

Register and Vote on Initiative 71

Written by Greg Gaffney-Bills of George Washington University SSDP Election Day is nearly upon us, but unfortunately, many college students here in the District are unable to vote for or against ballot measures and candidates that will have major impacts on our lives. Not because students are ineligible, or don’t want to vote, but because they haven’t registered. Local elections influence

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13
Jun

DC Cannabis Campaign Rallies to ‘Vote Yes On 71’

DC’s marijuana advocacy group DCMJ is currently collecting signatures for their campaign to change outdated marijuana laws in Washington DC. The group aims to legalize the possession of marijuana and marijuana plants in limited amounts for people 21 and older. On April 15th the DC Board of Elections and Ethics finalized Ballot Initiative #71, naming it “Legalization of Possession of

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5
Mar

Marijuana Decriminalized in DC; some issues unresolved, but a huge victory

On March 4th, 2014, the Washington D.C city council officially passed a bill that decriminalizes marijuana possession in the district. The bill now goes to DC Mayor Vincent Gray for final approval. Gray has previously expressed interest in loosening marijuana laws and is expected to sign it. Once that happens, Congress has 60 days to disallow it before it becomes

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17
Sep

D.C. Introduces Legislation to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

SSDP is proud to announce that big strides are being made for marijuana reform in the United States. First Colorado and Washington State made history with its legalization and regulation of marijuana in 2012, now history is once again being made with the introduction of legislation for the taxation and regulation of marijuana in the United States Capital, Washington D.C.

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15
Sep

SSDP Tulane Vice President Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler's Experience Lobbying for Marijuana Reform on Capitol Hill

Written by Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler, Vice President of Tulane Students for Sensible Drug Policy. On June 16th, 2013, I brought a simple message to Louisiana’s Senators and Representatives: Let states decide. Alongside more than 50 students from 22 different SSDP chapters, I called on our nation’s elected officials to respect states’ rights and end federal marijuana prohibition.   Strategies Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s (SSDP) Federal Marijuana Lobby Day

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20
May

Shameful anti-drug ad campaign spreads misinformation to DC youth (we're shocked)

On my way home from the office last week, this new print advertisement caught my eye. The ad, sponsored by DC public health officials, warns that if you use “fake weed,” you may turn into a zombie. This point is punctuated by a photo of a young female zombie dressed to the nines for prom with her seemingly oblivious date

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