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13
May

NY State Legislature Considers a Medical Amnesty Policy to Curve Overdose Crises

NEW YORK – Proposed laws in the New York legislature that would allow New York residents to call for medical assistance during drug or alcohol overdose situations without fear of prosecution have been introduced in both legislative chambers.  Both bills will first be under consideration in the Codes Committees. Democratic Assembly member Gottfried is sponsoring the Assembly bill, A2063B. Republican

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11
Mar

Southern Connecticut State University Students Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization

CONNECTICUT – The student government association at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) passed a resolution in support of Gov. Malloy’s marijuana decriminalization Bill, SB 1014, with a vote of 12-4 on Friday afternoon. The Student Government Association represents over 13,000 undergraduates in the Connecticut university system. SCSU Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Co-President and Student Government Representative Thomas Hils worked with

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24
Feb

University of Connecticut Student Government Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization

The University of Connecticut Student Government passed a statement in support of Gov. Malloy’s Marijuana Decriminalization Bill, SB 1014, with a wide majority, 30-1 on Wednesday night. The Undergraduate Student Government represents over 17,000 undergraduates, and endorsing a marijuana reform bill is a rare move by a student government. UConn Students for Sensible Drug Policy President and Student Government senator Sam Tracy lead the

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10
Feb

Black and Latino Youth Comprise Majority of Marijuana Arrests in New York City

NEW YORK – Officials at Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) say data released by the New York Division of Criminal Justice Service and obtained by the Drug Policy Alliance, signals a major change in marijuana policy is needed. The figures show that in 2010, the New York City Police Department made 50,383 arrests for low-level marijuana offenses, making up

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15
Dec

Policies Fail to Decrease Teen Marijuana Use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2010 CONTACT:  Jonathan Perri, SSDP National Associate Director – (401) 265-9445 Increase in Teen Marijuana Use Due to Failed Policies, Not Medical Marijuana More High School Seniors Now Smoking Marijuana than Cigarettes, According to Survey WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Officials at Students for Sensible Drug Policy claim that a new survey by the University of Michigan showing the highest rates of

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11
Dec

Miley Cyrus Brings Legal Drug Use to Headlines

Move over Wikileaks. We’ve got Miley Cyrus with a bong. Tripping on Salvia. On camera. Seriously folks, this could be a big deal for drug policy. Miley Cyrus practically is America. She’s adored by millions of children and adults alike. Her dad is responsible for making the mullet a temporarily acceptable haircut. And now lil’ Miley has to go and

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4
Nov

Proposition 19 – Hidden Victories in a Hollow Defeat

With 100% of precincts reporting, California’s Proposition 19 fell less than 3.9% short of victory, leaving many in the media to focus on why Prop 19 did not get majority support. Ultimately the failure to pass Prop 19 will prove to be less important than what was gained during the campaign. Besides, how solid of a defeat could it have been

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23
Dec

A SSDP Christmas for MSSU

Here at SSDP, we hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday and we look forward to the new year to bring about more sensibility to policies surrounding drugs. If you have a little extra Christmas cheer you’d like to spread, please donate to the Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) SSDP chapter and help them come out to San Francisco on

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8
Dec

The Adventures of SSDP Man!

Please check out the many fantastic videos we received for the the Seeds of Reform conference scholarship party. You’ll find a wide spectrum of creative submissions from chapters all around the country letting you know why they need to come to SSDP’s 11th Annual International Drug Policy Conference. The students at our UMD chapter tried their hand at rapping about drug policy, Fitchburg

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18
Nov

LEAP Tells the DEA What's Up About Marijuana Scheduling

Last week the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its support of removing marijuana from Schedule I status. The AMA has refused to budge on this for a long time now, and opponents of marijuana law reform often cite the organization’s stance in their argument that pot prohibition is a good thing. The DEA hasn’t made a stink about the announcement but I

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11
Nov

AMA Calls for Review of Marijuana Schedule

“Our American Medical Association (AMA) urges that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines,” the AMA’sstatement (PDF) reads. “This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the

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6
Nov

Tim Lincecum Arrested on Marijuana Charges

Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, was arrested this week for possession of marijuana and a pipe after being pulled over for speeding. He’ll only have to pay a fine for paraphernalia possession and speeding however.   I like Tim Lincecum. I get the same warm and fuzzy feeling watching him pitch that I used to get watching Roger Clemens

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1
Nov

All Aboard the Oxycontin Express

The Oxycontin Express The above special is part of Current TV’s vanguard series and examines the legal and illegal market for prescription pills like oxycodone while telling the story of an oxycodone addict and his family in Broward County, Florida, where the Oxycontin Express begins its travel to Appalachia. It focuses on the ease in which people are able to

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29
Oct

SSDP Testifies at CA Marijuana Legalization Hearing

Yesterday at the California State House in Sacramento, members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy attended the state’s first hearing on the regulation and taxation of cannabis. Alex Woon and Kraig Negrete of the San Jose State University chapter joined UC Berkeley chapter members Matt Kintz, Rishi Malhotra, and alumni Suzy Sim to witness the hearing and give a 30 second “elevator argument”

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29
Oct

NH Medical Marijuana Bill is Vetoed

The NH Senate wouldn’t budgeon overriding Gov. Patrick Lynch’s veto of the law which had passed both the House and Senate earlier this year. The 14-10 vote was in favor of the bill but didn’t give the 2/3 majority needed for the override.   Matt Simon, executive directorNH Compassion ran a fantastic campaign that brought medical marijuana legislation farther than it had

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9
Oct

Keene Smokeouts Not Helping to Legalize Marijuana

I lived in Keene, NH for one year before moving to San Francisco to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. For 3 years before that I was going to to school at Franklin Pierce University, about 30 minutes from Keene. Recently some members of the Keene community have taken to the city’s center at 4:20 in the afternoon to

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1
Oct

Pot Discussed Rationally on Today Show

Marie Claire magazine’s recent article, Stiletto Stoners, has touched a nerve with professional women across the country. A recent study showed an estimated 8 million American women used marijuana last year (those are the ones that admitted to it) and we’re not talking about the 16 year old girl buying grass in the school parking lot after she “discovered” Janis Joplin. These professionals are living

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20
Sep

Amendment Withdrawn!

In short – we won the battle. Rep. Mark Souder withdrew his amendment to bar financial aid from students with drug possession convictions. He said ” I was probably going to lose today.” This war ain’t over though. A compromise to the amendment will be made in conference committee and it is expected that students convicted of felony drug crimes

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16
Sep

Tell Your Rep: "Vote No on Souder's Amendment"

That’s right! We have a chance to change one of the most destructive drug policies ever created. The HEA Aid Elimination Penalty has denied financial aid for college to more than 200,000 students with drug convictions. However, the 2009 SAFRA would make it so that this law would only apply to those convicted of selling drugs. Considering that nearly 90%

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7
Sep

Latin America and Reform

Check out this great piece on the move to decriminalize drugs in Latin America. Bruno Avangera, a 40-year-old web designer from Tucumán in Argentina, pauses to relight a half-smoked joint of cannabis. Then he speaks approvingly of “progress and the right decision” by the country’s seven supreme court judges, who decided last week that prosecuting people for the private consumption of

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20
Aug

Obama: Better than Bush on drug policy, but by how much?

SSDP alum and current law professor, Alex Kreit, has a great piece on the American Constitution Society’s blog, entitled “Assessing the Administration’s Evolving Drug Control Policy.”. Here’s a taste:       …for all the administration’s faults, when one looks at the overall picture, I honestly don’t think it would be hyperbolic to say that when it comes to federal drug

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11
Aug

HEA Reform is Close

The HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, introduced by Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), has been a thorn in the side of educators, students, and social justice activists across the country since its creation in 1998. This year, we may see significant reform to this unfair law. A bill has been introduced byRep. George Miller (D-CA), that if passed, would remove the penalty for students with drug

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3
Aug

Judiciary Committee Supports Ending Crack/Powder Disparity

Just days ago, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted 16-9 in favor of a bill that would eliminate the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The disparity in mandatory sentences has resulted in a disproportionate number of African-Americans being sentenced to lengthy prison stays for crack offenses, despite most cocaine users being white, without the drug’s availability being significantly reduced. Under current law,

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26
Jan

Fired Cop Wins Suit

Check this out! This is LEAP’s press release (verbatim) regarding this awesome victory for free speech! SEATTLE, WA — A Mountlake Terrace police sergeant who was fired after publicly criticizing the “war on drugs” has reached an $812,500 settlement in a lawsuit he filed against the city and police department, among others. Under the settlement, Sergeant Jonathan Wender has been

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23
Jan

SSDP in El Paso

While my last post made light of the situation in El Paso, this event proved to be an important day for drug policy. Even though mayor Cook’s veto was not overridden by the city council, councilman O’Rourke’s goal to stimulate dialogue about ending prohibition was achieved. Over 40 people testified their support or disagreement with the veto’s override. It seemed

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