Tag: marijuana legalization

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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18
Oct

Young People Drive New Record High Poll Support for Marijuana Legalization

For the first time ever this week, Gallup announced that a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana — and that young people are part of the reason why.  “A record-high 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46% last year….Support for legalizing marijuana is directly and inversely proportional to age, ranging from 62% approval

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23
Jun

Action Alert: End the War on Marijuana

Today is a very big day. The first marijuana legalization bill was introduced in Congress this afternoon. H.R. 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011, is a bi-partisan bill introduced by Congressmen Barney Frank and Ron Paul that would allow states to legalize and regulate marijuana without federal interference. As a marijuana lobbyist working the halls of Congress, I had

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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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