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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