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18
Sep

SSDP Gains a New Chapter in Kentucky

This past week, SSDP gained a new chapter in the Commonwealth of Kentucky at Western Kentucky University. WKU SSDP recently received official registered organization status on campus, and chapter leader Kelly Cannon is excited to get to work. With the recent start of the Fall semester, WKU SSDP is looking for new members on campus to join their team. WKU

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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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12
Jun

SSDP to Host Reception on Capitol Hill Following Federal Marijuana Lobby Day

I am excited to announce that Students for Sensible Drug Policy will be holding a reception on Capitol Hill next Monday, June 17th, at the conclusion of our Federal Marijuana Lobby Day featuring special guest speakers Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and conservative stalwart Grover Norquist. As we join together on the Capitol grounds, we aim to bring together some of

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22
Mar

Let's Talk About Drug War Economics

Tax Day. That dreadful deadline that we all have to meet is just around the corner. When most people think about Tax Day they don’t often think about drug policy, but maybe they should be. Every year in the United States, we spend more than $51,000,000,000 on drug prohibition. That is a significant portion of your tax money being spent

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27
Feb

SSDP Welcomes Our Newest Chapters!

It’s a very exciting week as an Outreach Director when I get to see the establishment of not one, not two, but three new SSDP chapters in our national chapter network. The national office is excited to announce the charters of campus chapters at Whittier Law School, Grinnell College, and Ursinus College! Read more about our latest additions below in

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11
Jan

SSDP Welcomes Newest Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh

Today, SSDP welcomes our newest chapter in Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh. Matt Ashford, who is studying towards his Masters of Social Work, recently re-started the chapter and looks forward to shaking things up on campus. He was recently inspired to start an SSDP chapter after having issues with the way Pennsylvania legislature addresses marijuana and alcohol policy within the

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10
Jan

2013 SSDP Resources for Students

So, it’s 2013, and you need more resources to make your SSDP chapter run like a well oiled machine. Turns out you are in luck. SSDP has tons of student resources for you. No matter what you are doing with your SSDP chapter, we have the tools to help you out. Take a look at some of our resources, and

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9
Jan

Start The Spring Semester With a Bang!

It’s January, and for most of our students that means it’s time to start the Spring semester. Like many other SSDPers, you might be asking yourself how you can start off the new year with a bang. So, I thought I would share some exciting event ideas that you can host to attract new members to your chapter, while also

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7
Jan

SSDP To Host 2013 Leadership Webinar Series

As the Spring semester starts back up, one of the easiest ways to learn how to become a better activist and chapter leader is through SSDP’s Leadership Webinar series. Each semester, we host an ongoing series of webinars aimed at making you the best SSDPer you can be by addressing important areas of leadership and chapter management based on our years of

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16
Aug

The 2012 HIGH TIMES Guide to Higher Education

HIGH TIMES is proud to present their annual ranking of America’s top institutions of higher education when it comes to marijuana activism. With medical cannabis laws spreading rapidly nationwide, and full legalization on the ballot in three states (Colorado, Washington, and Oregon) this November, students have been playing a vital role in ending the War on Drugs. Naturally, they are

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16
Aug

2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference

Register Today!  This year, our chapter at Brown University invites you to be a part of the 2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference will be taking place on the Brown University campus, from September 28-29th, 2012. This conference serves to unite the northeast SSDP chapter network for a weekend of education, discussion, networking, training workshops,  and expert

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8
Aug

Going Back to School in SSDP Style

Over the next few weeks, thousands of SSDPers will be returning to campuses across the US, and our international outreach team has been hard at work getting prepared for the hustle bustle of the 2012-2013 school year. We have some exciting things to announce, and we hope that our work will make it easy for you to transition back to

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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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29
Jun

The ‘Cannabis Cannibal’ and Social Psychosis

Yesterday, we all found out that Miami’s “Causeway Cannibal”, Rudy Eugene, wasn’t actually found to have any traces of “bath salts” in his system. The news came after the release of his long awaited toxicology report. The lone substance found was marijuana. Mr. Eugene has now gone from “Causeway Cannibal” to “Cannabis Cannibal” in a few news stories about the

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27
Jun

Chicago City Council Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

Earlier today, the Chicago City Council voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal possession. The one sided final vote was 43-3, which will allow Chicago Police the ability to write possession citations as early as this July. Citations will be written with police discretion ranging from $250 to $500, for the personal possession of 15 grams of marijuana

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19
Jun

Prohibition: Maybe It Will Work This Time?

              Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration published this press release commending Congress on passing an amendment to the the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act that bans a host of chemical compounds. I wouldn’t exactly call it innovative, but rather more of the same failed ideology that we have come to expect

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14
Jun

Major Marijuana Reform in the Northeast

Last night, Governor Chafee signed Rhode Island’s decriminalization bill into law, officially making the Ocean State the 15th state to pass marijuana decriminalization. With this new legislation, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by any individual 18 years or older will result in a non-arrestable civil offense punishable by a $150 fine. This means no jail time, no

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8
Jun

An Open Letter To Politicians Who Have Yet To Endorse Legalizing Marijuana

Written By: Sam Chapman, Oregon SSDP State Coordinator Politicians have continued to skirt conversations revolving around marijuana since what would seem to be the beginning of time, until now. A few weeks ago marked a major turning point in politics regarding the public stances on marijuana taken by politicians. Oregon’s Attorney General race in May proved itself to be a

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6
Jun

Rhode Island House and Senate Vote to Pass Marijuana Decriminalization

Last night, Rhode Island State Assembly members voted to decriminalize the personal possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in the Ocean State. The House passed the bill 50-24, and then the Senate endorsed the legislation 28-6. The legislation will now move to be signed by both chambers, and then it heads to the desk of Governor Lincoln Chafee. Rhode Island

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5
Jun

NY Governor Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Public Marijuana Possession

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by legislators, district attorneys, and law enforcement officials, announced legislation that would make the penalties for private and public possession of small amounts of marijuana the same, thereby bringing consistency and fairness to New York State’s Penal Law. Governor Cuomo introduced this new legislation in order to save thousands of New Yorkers, who are

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1
Jun

AMPLIFYing Our Message

This past weekend, SSDP’s AMPLIFY team travelled to Chillicothe, Illinois to participate in the 12th annual Summer Camp Music Festival where several of our AMPLIFY artists were playing including Lotus, EOTO, Zoogma, Rubblebucket, and Indigo Sun. The AMPLIFY Project got invited back again, for the second year in a row, to participate in the Make A Difference tent. This is a space that

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18
May

SSDP Welcomes Saint Charles Community College Chapter!

Name: Duell Lauderdale School: Saint Charles Community College Position: Chapter Founder and President SSDP: How did you hear about SSDP?  Duell: I went to University of Missouri my freshman year of college before returning home to community college in St. Charles, MO. That year I was involved with NORML and along the way I learned that they were partnered with SSDP (at the

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10
May

Why Changing Campus Drug and Alcohol Policies Doesn't Mean an End to Federal Funding

Recently, we’ve noticed an alarming trend of lawmakers and university officials citing the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) as an obstacle impeding them from allowing sensible policy change on college campuses. They claim that by changing drug and alcohol policies on campus, they will risk being denied federal funding and other forms of financial aid from the U.S.

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7
May

SSDP Welcomes Oregon State University Chapter!

Name: Daniel Bauer School: Oregon State University Major: Botany SSDP: How did you hear about SSDP? Daniel: I had been doing personal research through the Internet on drug policy and drugeducation over the course of a few years. My favorite resource was www.Erowid.org and my searches there led me to MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. These two websites became

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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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