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13
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Chapter!

Please join us in welcoming our newest official chapter, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)! Based in Fort Myers, Florida, the chapter first got started in early July of this year. I worked with chapter founder and President, Jessel Serrano, over the summer and by the time school was back in session, Jessel and his team had hit the ground running. Shortly after

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10
Sep

UGA SSDP and Student Government Advocate for 911 Good Samaritan Policy

This article originally published here: http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/politics/sga-to-ask-state-for-forgiveness-in-alcohol-emergencies/article_b1abfcc2-1971-11e3-94f8-001a4bcf6878.html   University of Georgia SSDP Written by Emily Kopp   Representatives with the Student Government Association will push for policy initiatives at the Georgia Capitol when the state legislature convenes next year that could improve campus life, but will likely meet resistance from lawmakers. One resolution passed by unanimous vote proposes legal amnesty for underage

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14
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Kansas State University Chapter!

I am so excited to announce the formation of our newest official chapter: Kansas State University! I spoke with Derek Varchulik, chapter founder and leader, and Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, about his experience building the chapter and his plans for moving forward;   How did you hear about SSDP? I was doing some research for a paper and I

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7
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the University of Texas Austin Chapter!

I am thrilled to announce the formation of our newest official chapter, The University of Texas (UT) – Austin, led by chapter founder Buckley Rue! It has been incredible to see this chapter start from nothing and flourish into the spring 2013 semester. With Buckley’s hard work, we are bringing our movement back to Texas! I spoke with Buckley about

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7
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the University of South Alabama Chapter!

I am proud to announce the formation of our newest official chapter based in Mobile, Alabama at the University of South Alabama! I spoke with chapter founder, leader, and mother of two beautiful children, Courtney McQuiston about her progress so far and her vision for the chapter moving forward;   How did you hear about SSDP? A fellow student and

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24
Jan

Virginia Commonwealth University Chapter's Lobby Day at the VA General Assembly

Written by Jurriaan van den Hurk This past Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) chapter traveled to the Virginia General Assembly in downtown Richmond to speak with state legislators about several bills related to drug policy in the upcoming session, as well as our ongoing statewide medical amnesty (911 Good Samaritan) policy campaign.   The Process: As a

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15
Jan

Lessons from Dr. King

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coming up, it’s important to take note from the civil rights movement and the lessons of Dr. King. Our fight for drug policy reform is in many ways very similar to the civil rights movement. There are of course key differences between the two, and I don’t mean to say that our strife is

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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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8
Jan

Former US Attorney Agrees with SSDP on a Sensible Federal Response to Colorado and Washington

This afternoon, I and our lovely intern Alica attended a panel and discussion at the Brookings Institute on the federal government’s response to Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana. One of the people leading the panel was Troy Eid, former US Attorney for Colorado. I asked him about his ideal solution for how the federal government should respond to states legalizing

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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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