Tag: drug policy

25
Jan

SSDP Introduces our 2016 State Policy Interns

Pushing the State Policy Envelope As our national staff continues to grow, we are very excited to announce that we are piloting new state policy internships in New Mexico, New York, and Arizona this year. The State Policy Interns are primarily responsible for monitoring, analyzing, reporting on, and developing appropriate student response to state-level drug policy, particularly those policies which

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7
Aug

SSDP2014 conference session sneak peek

Today we are proud to announce some of the topics that will be covered at next month’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference and Lobby Day! From the role of privilege and the war on drugs, to keeping festival and concert-goers safe, to how to get a job in the emerging legal cannabis industry, speakers will share their expertise and experiences on

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29
Jan

Onwards & Upwards – AMPLIFY in 2014!

We’re coming off the heels of our most expansive & intensive year yet and definitely don’t have any plans of slowing down. We could not be happier to share highlights from this past year with you all PLUS announce our Winter/Spring tour dates & new staff additions for 2014!   2013 Achievements & Milestones:   Set up at 75+ partnered

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22
Jul

Announcing the Campus Drug Policy Gradebook

SSDP is proud to present its Campus Drug Policy Gradebook! SSDP analyzed the drug and alcohol policies of the top 300 U.S. schools according to Forbes Magazine. From this analysis, SSDP created the Gradebook, a resource which provides both a grade for each school and recommendations for improvement. How Schools Are Graded Campus drug policies were evaluated according to several

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26
Jun

New Report, Old Solutions on International Drug Day

Today is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has released a new report encouraging people to stay healthy by abstaining from drug use. The report expounds more on the dangers of drugs and the necessity of discouraging their use, emphasizing in particular the risks presented by the plethora

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7
Feb

3 Drug Policy Activism Boot Camps this spring

These events serve to unite the SSDP chapter network for a day of training, workshops, discussion, networking, and expert presentations aimed to help us refine our skills as advocates for ending the destructive war on drugs.  Interactive sessions and workshops will be led by Aaron Houston, Stacia Cosner, Drew Stromberg, and Devon Tackels of the SSDP national staff. The staff will guide participants through activities

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13
Nov

Election day drug policy results

As you know, this election day was an exciting one for drug policy reform. There is a lot we are proud to report, so it’s taken us a few days to get this message to you.  It’s been a crazy week (as you might imagine), and we wanted to take the time to get this important announcement right. Last Tuesday

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24
Oct

Foro en la Facultad de Economía UNAM // Forum in UNAM Economics Department

*English translation below. Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas (EPSD), ReverdeSer Colectivo y la Facultad de Economía de la UNAM invitan al FORO RETOS Y PROPUESTAS PARA LA CONSTRUCCIÓN DE UNA POLÍTICA SENSATA HACIA LAS DROGAS. El análisis entorno al estudio de drogas es complicado debido a que el tema tiene una extensa diversidad de aristas. Además, no existe

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31
Aug

SSDP on the Caravan for Peace

  Miguel, Amaya and I are onboard Bus #2 of the Caravan for Peace organized by the Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity. We are crossing the United States from the west coast to the east coast, going south of the Rio Grande to the Great Lakes area of Chicago, beginning in the August summer in San Diego and

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29
Aug

What I learned at Summer School-Part 1

The summer has been flying by with the International AID’s conference, the Caravan for Peace and my participation last month in a two-week course presented by the Open Society Foundation supported Central European University on Human Rights and Drug Policy in Budapest, Hungary. The goal of the course is to “situate drug policies globally within a framework of fundamental human rights,

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6
Aug

An insiders look at Drug Policy in Amsterdam

The Dutch government has had a policy of tolerance since the 1970’s, which allows people to buy and smoke cannabis. Licensed cannabis cafés, called “coffee shops”, are allowed to sell up to 5 grams of cannabis to each customer every day. With this policy, the Dutch government has managed to keep the sale of cannabis out of the black market.

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27
Jun

Six Former Presidents, Richard Branson and Other World Leaders: Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Yesterday was an exciting day for SSDP, several students and our executive director, Aaron Houston, participated in the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (more on that in an upcoming blog post!) and the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a groundbreaking report highlighting the connection between the HIV pandemic and drug policy. The report is

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2
May

Have you talked to your parents about drugs and drug policy?

Students for Sensible Drug Policy creates safe spaces for young people to have honest conversations about drugs and the drug war. We think your parents deserve a safe space too. This mother’s day, SSDP is teaming up with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the Drug Policy Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and Moms United to End

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7
Mar

SSDP on MTV News

We’ve made speaking truth to power a priority at SSDP this year.  Our very own chair of the SSDP board, Irina Alexander, led a heroic effort in New Hampshire to get all of the GOP candidates on the record about important drug policy issues.  Her work along with that of other SSDP leaders has made the Washington Post and MSNBC. Now today, another SSDPer, Alison

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22
Feb

Portugal's Innovative Drug Policies Face Austerity Threat

At conferences and forums around the world, the Portugal model of drug policy is lauded by academics, politicians and service providers and highlighted as an example of effective policy-making.  Ten years after decriminalizing personal use and possession of drugs and moving drug policy from being a law enforcement issue to one of public health, the results have been dramatic.  The future of

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17
Jan

Drug war related deaths top 45,000 in Mexico

On January 11, 2012, the Mexican Attorney Generals Office (AGO) released the latest casualty figures in the government’s war against organized criminal groups.  The AGO confirmed that there have been 47, 515 drug related killings since December 2006—when President Calderon gave the military full rein to combat drug trafficking and organized crime.  To put this in perspective, in Afghanistan, there

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3
Sep

New Report on Innovative Drug Policy in Portugal

Thanks to a new report by an allied organization, we have further evidence that a non incarceration-centered approach to drug policy works. Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch who serves as director of the Global Drug Policy Program at Open Society Foundations writes: In the 1990s, opinion polls in Portugal revealed that drugs were seen as the nation’s most pressing social problem. Intense debate in the news media, halls

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30
Jun

New Jersey Coalition Forms to Support Bi-Partisan Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML-NJ) have started a new coalition to support decriminalizing marijuana: Sensible New Jersey. A bi-partisan marijuana decriminalization bill, A4252, was introduced on June 29, 2011 in Trenton. Sponsored by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora (D) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R) the

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28
Jun

NJ: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Takes Shape

With less than one full week to go before the NJ Legislature breaks for summer recess, activists in the Garden State have been closely working with legislators to introduce landmark legislation to eliminate the criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Known as Sensible New Jersey, this effort is being spearheaded by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and NORML NJ, and marks

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14
Jun

Update from the Green Room at NBC News in Washington, D.C.

I shot this video blog clip with my cell phone from inside the green room at NBC News on Capitol Hill right before I appeared on CNBC. I thought you may be interested to see what it looks like inside. Keep checking back here for video blog updates during this week of events highlighting the 40th anniversary of President Nixon declaring

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14
Jun

Real Drug Policy Debate

A recent report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy opens with the straightforward claim: “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.” In The Wall Street Journal, former Secretary of State and honorary commission chair George P. Shultz decries our approach to America’s drug problem by arguing that criminalizing the entire

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10
Jun

Russia's Draconian Tactics Aimed at Drug Users

“A total war on drugs” was just announced by the Speaker of the Russian Duma, Boris Gryzlov. The Guardian reports that Gryzlov, a close ally of Prime Minister Putin, wants drug dealers “treated like serial killers.” The hard-line, criminal justice approach flies in the face of recent suggestions to treat drug use as a public health issue. The Russian Government immediately dismissed the suggestion last week

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16
Mar

Mexico: First National Congress held

Mexico City, Mexico — On the eve of SSDP’s annual training conference in Washington, DC, students at Mexico City’s National School of Anthropology (ENAH) are preparing to hold their first national congress, from 11 – 14 April. Called “The History and Practice of Drugs: An Anthropological Vision,” the students at the ENAH hope to dispel myths and inform various university

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9
Mar

Jared Polis Speaks to SSDP

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) will be giving a keynote speech on the evening of March 17, as part of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Training Conference & Lobby Day. Representative Polis is an ally of SSDP and an advocate for sensible drug policies. We are delighted to have him speak at our event. Other speakers at the conference include:  

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15
Feb

Drugs and Peru

It’s a trend blowing through electoral politics and drug policy around the Americas. Last year, Mexico’s Felipe Calderon mentioned having a debate about legalizing drugs; last month, U.S. President Barack Obama told a YouTube audience that the debate needs to take place; Colombia’s President Santos has joined this chorus, now for a second time; in late January Bolivia sought and failed to achieve an

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