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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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11
Dec

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray Signs 911 Good Samaritan Act

On Friday, December 7, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Amendment Act of 2012 (#B19-754). The legislation provides limited legal protection for those who witness or experience a drug overdose and summon medical assistance. The legislation now goes before the United States Congress for review, as required by federal law. A coalition comprised

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12
Nov

SSDP Welcomes the Montana State University Chapter!

I’m so proud to announce SSDP’s newest addition, Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana! I spoke with chapter founder and current leader Anthony Varriano about starting the chapter and his plans for moving it forward;   How did you hear about SSDP? I heard of SSDP through my work with the Gary Johnson campaign. During a conference call we had a

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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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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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18
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Arizona State University Chapter!

I’m so proud to welcome SSDP’s newest official chapter to the network, Arizona State University! I’ve been working with chapter leader and co-founder Chloe Antilla and it’s so great to see this chapter get off the ground! I spoke with Chloe about the chapter, what the experience has been like so far, and what the future holds for ASU SSDP;

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15
Oct

Press Release: Pro-Legalization Law Enforcement (LEAP) Group Screens Prop. 19 Documentary

Special Preview and Panel Discussion Planned in Long Beach Long Beach, Calif. – As debates over ballot measures to legalize marijuana heat up in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, a group of cops, judges and other law enforcement officers calling for an end to the war on drugs is holding a special sneak peek at Legalize It, a new documentary about

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10
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the University of Georgia Chapter!

I am proud to welcome the University of Georgia chapter to the SSDP network! I spoke with chapter founder and current leader Benjamin Consuegra about his experience so far and his vision for the chapter moving forward;   How did you hear about SSDP? I heard about SSDP while doing research for a speech on the drug conviction question on

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8
Oct

New Comic Illustrates the "war on drugs"

Based in Brisbane, Australia, artist Stuart McMillen uses the medium of comics to explore serious issues with a unique perspective and a sense of fun. Check out his recent rendition of the “war on drugs”, which tells the story of alcohol prohibition and how it relates to drug prohibition today, illustrated in graphic novel form.   Read the full comic here: http://www.stuartmcmillen.com/comics_en/war-on-drugs/

2
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the American University Chapter!

We proudly welcome SSDP’s newest official chapter, American University, led by Sam McBee! I talked with Sam about his experience with the chapter so far and his vision for it moving forward;   How did you hear about SSDP? I had known about SSDP prior to entering school as a freshman last year and I had seen stickers around campus when

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25
Sep

Are You Registered to Vote?

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy is partnering with hundreds of other organizations to register more people in a single day than ever before. Our Rock The Vote registration tool makes it easier than ever, so register today! Not sure if you’re registered?  Re-registering never hurts. Never registered before?  What better time than now? Moved recently?  Register again

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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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27
Aug

Florida State University Implements 911 Good Samaritan Policy

Our chapter at Florida State University has been working with their administration for years in efforts to implement a 911 Good Samaritan Policy on their campus and their hard work has finally paid off. Florida State University has just announced their new Medical Amnesty Policy, which takes effect this school year.   From Florida State University’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual: Medical Amnesty

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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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