Tag: marijuana legalization

17
Jun

It’s Time to Retire the War on Drugs

50 years ago today, former US President Richard Nixon declared drugs and people who use them “public enemy number one.” Since then, the global War on Drugs has taken the lives of thousands and ruined the lives of millions through criminalization, incarceration, and making drug use dangerous under prohibition.  The War on Drugs was racially motivated from the very beginning. John Ehrlichman,

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17
Jun

Connecticut House and Senate pass cannabis legalization with strong protections for students

For immediate release Primary contact: Jason Ortiz, SSDP Executive Directorjason@ssdo.org, (860) 639-8101 Secondary contact: Zach Green, President of UConn Hartford SSDPz.tyler.green@gmail.com, (860) 671-7414 Hartford – Connecticut became the 19th state to pass cannabis legalization through the legislature when the House of Representatives and Senate both passed SB1201. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor today. “While stronger

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9
Jun

78 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Chapters Call On Congress To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

For Immediate Release Primary contact: Rob Hofmann, United States Outreach and Policy Coordinator, Students for Sensible Drug Policy(607) 316-0227, robert@ssdp.org Secondary Contact: Jason Ortiz, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy(860) 639-8101, jason@ssdp.org Today, 78 Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapters sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi, House Majority Leader Hoyer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging

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28
May

SSDP Press Release: Congress is Back for MORE to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

The reintroduction of the MORE Act would remove federal penalties for marijuana and seek to repair the harms caused by decades of racially biased policing. Today, leaders in the House of Representatives reintroduced a landmark bill to end federal marijuana prohibition and begin to repair the harms caused by decades of disproportionate arrests and prosecutions. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and

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27
May

The MORE Act Returns to Congress Tomorrow. Act Now.

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act is expected to be re-introduced in the House of Representatives tomorrow (May 28th).In 2020, the House made history by passing the MORE Act, which would end the criminalization of marijuana at the federal level and provide grants to communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. With a split Senate and ever-increasing

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25
May

SSDP Sign-On Letter To Support the MORE Act

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is circulating a sign-on letter for organizations and SSDP chapters to call on House representatives to co-sponsor the MORE Act and bring it to the floor in June. The impact of a simple marijuana arrest on a young person’s life can be drastic. Before the Higher Education Act Aid Elimination Penalty was removed, thousands of

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14
Apr

Announcing the keynote speakers for #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference

In just two weeks, #Sensible2021: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference will bring together Students for Sensible Drug Policy members, alumni, allies, community members, movement leaders, and many more for four days of cutting edge educational content, as well as an Awards Ceremony and dance party. This conference is available to anyone with an internet connection, with tickets starting at $40

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5
Apr

SSDP’s Federal Policy Agenda for the 117th Congress Has Been Released

Last month, SSDP’s U.S. Policy Council completed our Federal Policy Agenda for the 117th Congress. Written by SSDP members, alumni, and supporters, this document shows federal representatives and administrators our roadmap for fighting the War on Drugs and promoting sensible drug policy over the next 2 years. The agenda consists of six main sections, covering various community interests as they

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16
Mar

One Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill Promises Important Student Protections

Written by Rob Hofmann ‘16 and Sarah Noon ‘18One of the understated impacts of the War on Drugs is the effect that criminalization of drugs has on young people. Young people (under 18 to 35), especially young people of color, make up a substantial amount of the arrests that occur throughout our half-century disastrous drug war. Because young people are

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17
Dec

Opinion Piece: After 50 Years of Failure, It’s Time to Rethink the Controlled Substances Act

Written by Trey Brasher ’19 and Elijah Zorro Ullman ‘15, SSDP Scientific Policy Council members (Written to publish on October 27th, 2020 for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 50 years ago today, on Oct 27th, 1970, the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) was signed into law. Solidifying treatment of drugs as a criminal issue rather than a medical or societal one, the

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4
Dec

Another Historic Victory: The MORE Act Has Passed in the House of Representatives

In a historic victory for drug policy reform and a historic blow to marijuana prohibition in the United States, the MORE Act has passed in the House of Representatives. From the passing of the Controlled Substances Act and its implementation in 1971 to now, hundreds of thousands of people have been arrested for marijuana possession. It’s truly hard to overstate the

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30
Nov

Action Alert: Congress To Vote On Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition This Week

Later this week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, H.R. 3884. This will mark the first time that Congress vote on the legal status of marijuana since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act a half-century ago. If you’re reading this email, you have probably already taken action to get

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12
Nov

What It Means For Us: 2020 U.S. General Election

Written by Abhi Dewan ‘19, U.S. Federal Policy Liaison November 3rd, 2020 was a date many of us were anxiously awaiting. Though it wasn’t until November 7th that we got the complete picture, on the 3rd we knew we’d won. Drug policy reform ballots across the nation toppled the old dogmas surrounding drug use. Oregon became the inaugural state to

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24
Sep

Today Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Controlled Substances Act

Written by Abhi Dewan ‘18, U.S. Federal Policy Liaison 50 years ago today, the House of Representatives voted to list marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance, escalating the war on marijuana. Last week, the House was poised to remedy injustice for those impacted, but instead chose to postpone their scheduled vote on the MORE Act. Though the bill was

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17
Sep

SSDP Statement on MORE Act Vote Postponement

Delaying the MORE Act is Postponing Justice for those Harmed by Marijuana Prohibition Students for Sensible Drug Policy is disappointed in the announcement to postpone the U.S. House vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Opportunity (MORE) Act (HR 3884), which had been announced for a vote the week of September 21st. This news is particularly disappointing because next week

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26
Oct

Introducing New York Law School SSDP!

Written by Alana Hans ’19, Chapter Leader of New York Law School SSDP How did you hear about Students for Sensible Drug Policy? I met Scott Cecil at the Cannabis Law Institute at George Washington University Law School and he told me all about SSDP. Scott also mentioned he was a regular guest on a podcast titled Marijuana Today. I

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27
Dec

SSDP’s Top 10 Highlights of 2018

Students for Sensible Drug Policy did some amazing things in 2018. Our thoughtful, bright, and impressive young activists made huge strides towards SSDP’s vision of a post-prohibition future where safety, justice, and education are prioritized in drug policy. There’s no better time than right now to help us celebrate 20 years and the start of 2019 by making a year-end

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21
Dec

Be inspired by our rock star student members at Ferris State University

The best part of working at Students for Sensible Drug Policy is hearing amazing stories every day about what our members are doing to end the War on Drugs and protect their communities from the harms caused by drug prohibition. If you’re as inspired by their work as I am, please make a gift to support the students who are

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13
Dec

We should empower an industry that helps people with addiction

Written by Eitan Scher, chapter leader of Rutgers University SSDP. The following is a response to a December 4th editorial by former Member of Congress Patrick Kennedy titled “Legalize Weed? We should not empower an industry that profits from addiction”. Over 1,900 New Jersey residents died from an opioid overdose in the past year. Heroin-related deaths have doubled, and fentanyl-related

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3
Oct

Political Power, Points, and Pizza – Participate in SSDP’s Voter Registration Drive

We have more power than we know. We certainly have more power than we use. This year, there are more Americans under 35 who are eligible to vote than Boomer voters. And as fond as we may be of Boomers in our own lives, one thing is for sure: they don’t represent our interests when it comes to drug policy. This

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12
Mar

UConn Student Government Endorses SSDP Chapter's Marijuana Legalization Resolution

Written by University of Connecticut SSDP chapter leader Tyler Williams On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the Undergraduate Student Government of the University of Connecticut voted with a clear majority to pass a statement of position in support of legalizing marijuana, and endorsing Connecticut House Bill 6703 and House Bill 6473, which would do just that. The USG legislation, written by

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31
Oct

Nothing Worthwhile Ever Comes Easy

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University A recent article in the Express Newspaper questioned what initiative 71 would accomplish if it were passed, as even if a yes vote were allowed to stand, it would be legal to possess and cultivate small amounts of marijuana however one would not be able

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31
Mar

What decriminalized cannabis looks like in Spain

Now that the issue of legalizing marijuana has become a central issue in recent years, many are wondering what is the best way to legalize the plant for recreational use. In Washington and Colorado, it is legal for people to smoke in their private residences. But many smokers, especially those of lower economic status and therefore more likely to be

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12
Jun

SSDP to Host Reception on Capitol Hill Following Federal Marijuana Lobby Day

I am excited to announce that Students for Sensible Drug Policy will be holding a reception on Capitol Hill next Monday, June 17th, at the conclusion of our Federal Marijuana Lobby Day featuring special guest speakers Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and conservative stalwart Grover Norquist. As we join together on the Capitol grounds, we aim to bring together some of

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5
Feb

Press Release: Youth Advocates Stand Alongside Coalition in Congress Introducing Marijuana Legalization Bill

Youth Advocates Stand Alongside Coalition in Congress Introducing Marijuana Legalization Bill Impact on National Debate Will Be Substantial, Could Help Invigorate Young Voters Officials Note Students for Sensible Drug Policy hails creation of new “Sensible Drug Policy Working Group” in Congress For immediate release: February 5, 2013 Contact: Aaron Houston, 202-393-5280 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials with Students for Sensible Drug Policy today joined

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