Tag: marijuana

3
Feb

Oregon SSDP Chapters Hosting Conference For Marijuana Legalization

Oregon’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters seek unity in the legalization movement by hosting a conference to rally behind a single marijuana legalization initiative. Will 2012 be the year Oregon finally votes to legalize marijuana? “Only if we work together,” declare Oregon’s united chapters of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). In order to propel the Oregon marijuana legalization

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1
Feb

UConn SSDP successfully changes a campus marijuana policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE STORRS, CT – Following a meeting with student government leaders on January 30, 2011, the University of Connecticut’s Office of Community Standards altered its penalties for students found in possession of small amounts of marijuana, equalizing the punishment with underage drinking. The change is largely in response to Connecticut’s recent decriminalization of marijuana, which lowered the penalty

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31
Jan

The laws will not change themselves

On January 25th I had the opportunity to testify in favor of HB 1705, a bill which would legalize the use and trade of marijuana in my home state of New Hampshire.  It was the first time I had ever participated directly in the legislative process, and it turned out to be an incredible experience that I won’t soon forget.  New

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5
Jan

Student Asks Rick Santorum About Sending Non-violent Drug Offenders to Prison

On the Thursday before the New Hampshire Primary Election, an intrepid SSDPer posed newly anointed GOP top tier candidate and well known family man, Rick Santorum, with a family oriented question. The student asked whether Santorum would continue the practice of ripping families apart by sending non-violent drug offenders to prison. You can view the exchange here. Stunned by the intensity

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4
Jan

Talking Marijuana in New Hampshire

This week, SSDP sent dozens of students to New Hampshire to attend the 2012 College Convention, a four-day gathering of current presidential candidates in Concord, New Hampshire. Our students are working to get presidential candidates on the record regarding their views on reforming our current drug policies. This afternoon, some SSDP members traveled to a local town hall meeting in Concord,

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17
Nov

UConn Student Government Supports Alcohol/Marijuana Equalization

In July of this year, the state of Connecticut decriminalized the possession of small amounts of  marijuana. The new law states that the punishment for an adult over the age of 21 who possesses less than one-half ounce of Marijuana will be considered a civil infraction, and result in a $150 fine with additional fines for subsequent offenses. This law

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22
Sep

Announcing the winner of our Legalize It video contest!

Announcing the winner of our “Legalize It” video contest! Congratulations to Will Gaudet and Wesley Brenner. Also, Check some footage from our “legalize it” party in Washington, DC on Sept. 14, 2011. Learn more about how to get involved with SSDP by joining or starting a chapter or by supporting our work! Back to top

12
Sep

SSDP in USA Today

Last week, the White House’s drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, made news by blaming an increase in teen marijuana use on medical marjuana laws, saying that the laws send the “wrong message” to teens.  We helped make sure that Brown University SSDP chapter activist Rebecca McGoldrick was quoted in a USA Today article countering Kerlikowske’s outrageous claim, where she noted her own pain

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25
Aug

The High Times Guide to Higher Education

On stands now is the October 2011 issue of High Times magazine with our annual feature listing the top 20 schools for marijuana activism, here are some highlights, get yourself a copy to read the full article. 1. Northern Illinois University– Last year NIU’s SSDP chapter was labeled by school officials to be “political” and therefore ineligible to receive funding or official recognition

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30
Jun

New Jersey Coalition Forms to Support Bi-Partisan Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML-NJ) have started a new coalition to support decriminalizing marijuana: Sensible New Jersey. A bi-partisan marijuana decriminalization bill, A4252, was introduced on June 29, 2011 in Trenton. Sponsored by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora (D) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R) the

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28
Jun

NJ: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Takes Shape

With less than one full week to go before the NJ Legislature breaks for summer recess, activists in the Garden State have been closely working with legislators to introduce landmark legislation to eliminate the criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Known as Sensible New Jersey, this effort is being spearheaded by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and NORML NJ, and marks

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24
Jun

AMPLIFY Your Activism Contest

SSDP is incredibly excited to announce our AMPLIFY Your Activism Contest! We’ve teamed up with our friends and supporters Slightly Stoopid and put together a killer prize that includes 2 VIP tickets to a Slightly Stoopid show of your choice* and lots of other awesome swag like a poster signed by the band members, SSDP t-shirts and a $100 gift card for Seedless

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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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22
Jun

Marijuana Legalization Bill To Be Introduced in Congress

You probably saw the note last week from our friend, Niambe Tosh, announcing that at long last, a marijuana legalization bill will be introduced in Congress by Congressmen Barney Frank and Ron Paul, among others.  We at SSDP are so excited to follow up on the incredible momentum of the past year and lend our voices of support to this historic

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21
Jun

SSDP Teams Up with the Peter Tosh Family

SSDP is incredibly excited to be teaming up with the family of legendary reggae star Peter Tosh for the “What Does ‘Legalize It’ Mean to Me?” video contest!   From Niambe Tosh: It was thirty-five years ago that my dad, Peter Tosh, released his groundbreaking hit, “Legalize It.”  His song became an anthem for a generation of young people who

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26
Apr

Sister-to-Sister

Last week, Aaron Houston and I represented SSDP at the 40th Anniversary NORML Conference in Denver, CO. Aaron spoke on Thursday’s panel, “The Feds, Marijuana and You” (watch the video here). On Friday, I had the pleasure of joining 4 incredibly inspiring women reformers on the”Closing the Cannabis Gender Gap” panel (full video here, I’m the last speaker beginning ~45:00) See the slides from our presentation

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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

Marijuana: Gateway to the White House

Indiana’s Republican governor, Mitch Daniels, has recently been named a possible contender in the GOP presidential primary. Perhaps realizing that the Oval Office’s three most recent occupants were marijuana users, the governor decided that it couldn’t hurt to expand on his own bust story from May 1970. The Daily Princetonian reported in a recent interview with Daniels that, “Officers found enough marijuana

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20
Feb

Drug War Injustice

The drug war continues to wreak havoc on the lives of U.S. citizens. It continues to wreak havoc on the lives of non-U.S. citizens, too. But we just heard of this case of an Oklahoma woman being sent to prison for a decade for dealing marijuana in front of her children; the grandmother has received a non-custodial sentence, but still

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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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14
Jan

Drug War violence leads to UMD student's death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2011 CONTACT: Stacia Cosner, SSDP National Associate Director – (410) 299-3433 Lauren Mendelsohn, UMD SSDP (202) 596-7737 Marijuana Prohibition to Blame in Shooting Death of University of Maryland Student UMD student group says legalization will end drug war violence   College Park, MD. – Officials at Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) charged today that the murder

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23
Dec

Marijuana Legalization Reaches House Floor

Believe it or not, two weeks ago marked the first time in history that a member of Congress specifically called for taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol — from the floor of the House of Representatives! During debate over a terrible pro-drug war resolution that was cynically fast-tracked through the House by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the lone member to rise in opposition

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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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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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26
Aug

Google Runs Our Ad After Facebook Censored It

SIGN THE PETITION! Google has accepted our Just Say Now marijuana legalization ads.   Just this week, the ads were removed by Facebook, which claimed that the image of a marijuana leaf was in violation of its policy – despite the fact that the ad had at least 38 million impressions on Facebook earlier this month. The ads will begin running

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