Tag: florida

17
May

From donor to chapter leader to board member to community health worker

I first found out about Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 2013 when I was only beginning to learn about the harsh realities of the War on Drugs. I decided to donate what I could at the time because I thought the work they were doing was so important and I did not see other student-run organizations that were willing

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6
Dec

Campus Campaign Leads to Three Established and Four In-Progress Chapters in Florida

It was a roller coaster ride of a cannabis campaign season for our SSDP chapters, but now that Amendment 2 has successfully passed in Florida, we’d like to give a special shoutout to three of our chapters in the state that, during the very busy campaign season, became recognized by their school as official student organizations. Florida Atlantic University has

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5
Nov

Our response to “24-year-old: Why I’m fighting medical marijuana in Florida”

When reading the Orlando Sentinel the other day, I was enraged to discover that there are people my age who oppose  medical marijuana in Florida, and worse still, who believe there is no “conclusive evidence marijuana is an effective treatment for anything.” Andrew Sutton, fellow 24-year-old and political director for the No On 2 campaign, is outrageously misinformed on the

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4
Nov

Florida State Conference Recap

Students from SSDP’s Florida chapters convened at the beautiful campus of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) on October 21st and 22nd for the 2016 SSDP Florida State Conference. The conference began Saturday morning with SSDP Executive Director Betty Aldworth giving the opening keynote address. Betty spoke about a variety of topics based on the requests she received from students prior

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29
Sep

Some People Need to Smoke Their Medicine

The Florida No On 2 campaign that opposes legalizing medical marijuana just received a written endorsement from the Florida Baptist Convention. Beginning at the very title of Executive Director Dr. Tommy Green’s endorsement, “You Don’t Smoke Medicine,” virtually everything he says is completely untrue.  Dr. Green states that “the Florida legislature has already enacted the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of

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20
Oct

Get the facts on Florida's Amendment 2

There is a lot of misinformation floating around about Florida’s Amendment 2. Check out the facts here so you are able to combat this misinformation with truth. These facts are reprinted from http://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Right_to_Medical_Marijuana_Initiative,_Amendment_2_(2014). More facts about medical marijuana and the initiative can be found here. Pot for Anyone who wants it loophole CLAIM: In reference to the availability of medical marijuana, the

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8
Oct

Responding to uninformed "No on 2" opposition

This was written in response to a “No on 2” ad in the Florida Courier (bottom right). After reading T Willard Fair´s recent comments in the Courier It appears that he is unaware of the negative effects that marijuana prohibition has on black communities right here in Miami-Dade County. This is especially surprising since, according to a report released in 2013 that

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10
Dec

Victory! University of South Florida Passes System-Wide 911 Good Samaritan Policy

The University of South Florida (USF) recently passed a Medical Amnesty/911 Good Samaritan Policy, which protects people from prosecution for simple possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia when calling for medical help during a drug-related emergency. The policy, enacted roughly one year after the state of Florida’s statewide 911 Good Samaritan Law took effect, was announced by Dean of Students Michael Freeman on

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14
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the University of Central Florida (UCF) Chapter!

SSDP is growing every day. Students across the country and world want to be a part of this growing movement of young people working to end drug prohibition. They come to us regularly, eager to start changing opinions and laws. We are especially excited to be growing our network in Florida, as the state is a hotbed of drug policy reform

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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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2
May

SSDP Welcomes the University of North Florida (UNF) Chapter!

Please welcome our newest official chapter, coming from Jacksonville, Florida, the University of North Florida (UNF)! The initial spark for the UNF chapter was put in place by our AMPLIFY Project, so I’d like to extend a special thanks to them for all of the hard work that they do!   I spoke with chapter founder, faculty advisor, and former

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1
Apr

SSDP's 911 Good Samaritan Policy Database Updated

Special thanks to our intern Greg Weeks for researching and compiling this data, as well as writing this blog post. We’ve updated our database of colleges and universities with 911 Good Samaritan (also referred to as medical amnesty) policies! We found and catalogued 186 institutions and 21 states with such policies in place. The full list of schools can be found

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28
Mar

Florida, Your Help is Needed to Get HB 1139, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, a Fair Hearing

Last week, we asked you to take action to help move Florida HB 1139, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, forward. Thank you so much for those of you who took action! The next step necessary to passing this sensible legislation is to get House Speaker Will Weatherford to give it a fair and public hearing in the House Health Quality

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21
Feb

Re-Examining our Approach to Drug Policy Reform in the South

Written by Evan Eisenberg, President, University of South Florida SSDP I had the opportunity to attend the invitation-only second meeting of the New Southern Strategy Coalition in Durham, North Carolina on February 7th and 8th. With leadership and funding from the Drug Policy Alliance, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, the Georgia Justice Project and  many other social justice-oriented organizations

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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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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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25
Apr

Florida Newsletter: Spring 2012

SSDP students have been hard at work all across the sunshine state, working to change impractical policies on state and campus levels. Here are some updates of what our Florida chapters have been up to: LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS 911 Good Samaritan Act of Florida (SB 278) Florida’s 911 Good Samaritan Act is designed to save lives; when someone in America overdoses, a

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16
Apr

Saving Lives in Florida

On April 6th, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s 911 Good Samaritan Act (SB 278). Although the law won’t technically take effect until October 1st, Florida is now the 13th state to enact some form of Good Samaritan legislation. More specifically, Florida is now the 6th state to extend immunity to possession of controlled substances (joining NM, WA, CT, NY, and IL) and

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9
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the University of South Florida Chapter!

The University of South Florida is now home to SSDP newest official chapter! I spoke with chapter founder and President Evan Eisenberg about their journey so far and what’s in store for the chapter moving forward;   How did you hear about SSDP and why did you decide to get involved? During the Spring 2012 semester at the University of South Florida, I took

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1
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the University of West Florida Chapter!

SSDP has a brand new chapter at the University of West Florida! I spoke with chapter founder and leader Ethan Watters about his experience so far and his vision for the chapter moving forward; How did you hear about SSDP?  I discovered SSDP by following a user on the website tumblr.com that posts news articles and statistics relating to drug policy reform and

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8
Feb

Florida Regional Conference 2012 Highlights

The first ever Florida regional conference began on the evening of February 4th with an informal bonfire meet and greet and an anti-oppression training workshop led by our Florida State Policy Correspondent Sabrina Koramblyum. Sunday opened with an incredibly inspiring speech by Greg Newburn, Florida Policy Director of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Mr. Newburn described his recent work in Florida on

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1
Feb

This weekend: 2012 Florida Regional Conference!

This weekend (February 4th through 6th), our chapter at Florida State University will be hosting the first ever Florida Regional Conference and would like to invite you to join us in Tallahassee, Florida for networking, training workshops, and expert presentations to help us refine our skills as advocates working to end the war on drugs. Current students, alumni, and non-students are all welcome to

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30
Nov

SSDP Welcomes Our Newest Chapter, Florida International University

It is with great honor that I present to you SSDP’s newest chapter, Florida International University! I spoke with rockstar chapter leader Laura Gonzalez about her experience so far and her aspirations moving forward.   How did you hear about SSDP? I first heard about SSDP when I met Alfred Kilzi (University of Miami chapter president) at a candle light vigil

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5
Sep

Chapter Leader of the Week

Name: Alfred Kilzi School: University of Miami (Class of 2013) Title: Chapter President and Founder Studying: Psychology Major with Minors in Marketing and Arabic Studies SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? ALFRED: I had an epiphany one day when talking to a former staff member that worked in the same academic department as I did for my Work Study part

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7
May

Remembering Rachel Hoffman

Today marks the third anniversary of the murder of Rachel Hoffman, a former SSDP member and 23 year old graduate of Florida State University. Rachel was murdered by two drug dealers after the Tallahassee Police Department pressured her to become an informant in an undercover sting operation, promising to keep her safe, only to lose track of her. Despite only finding

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