I’m thrilled to introduce the newest SSDP chapter in Maryland: Saint Mary’s College of Maryland! I spoke with the chapter leader, Jamie, about her plans and vision for SMCM SSDP moving forward: How did you hear about SSDP? We heard about SSDP through Olivia O’Keefe, chapter president at University of Maryland. The recent involvement of the UMD chapter in
Written by Greg Gaffney-Bills of George Washington University SSDP The Washington Post’s article, “Bit of pot won’t land you in Maryland jail,” illustrated the beginning of Maryland’s journey towards sensible drug policy on October 1st. By decriminalizing marijuana, Maryland citizens and lawmakers are proving a level of commitment to the idea that drug use is a public health issue, not a criminal
Maryland’s state legislature voted over the weekend to decriminalize possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana. When Governor O’Malley signs the bill, which he said he intends to do, Maryland will join the District of Columbia and 24 other states who have legalized or decriminalized marijuana. This is a splendid victory for marijuana law reformers! 50% of all states
Earlier today, Governor Martin O’Malley appointed eleven members to the newly established Medical Marijuana Commission created under provisions of House Bill 1101. Joining this roster of medical and law enforcement professionals is SSDP’s Board of Directors member Eric Sterling. Sterling first joined SSDP as a funder and advisor in 1999, and became a member of the board in 2004. He
As many of you know, I have been a member of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy national staff for the past four years, currently serving as Deputy Director. But my involvement with SSDP started much before that (I went to my first UMD SSDP chapter meeting in August 2005) while I was an undergrad at the University of Maryland.
Special thanks to our intern Greg Weeks for researching and compiling this data, as well as writing this blog post. We’ve updated our database of colleges and universities with 911 Good Samaritan (also referred to as medical amnesty) policies! We found and catalogued 186 institutions and 21 states with such policies in place. The full list of schools can be found
I am excited to announce the formation of our newest official chapter, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)! With multiple medical marijuana and decriminalization bills, and one legalization bill in the Legislature, Maryland is a hotbed for drug policy reform this year, and it’s fantastic that we have the UMBC chapter up and ready to help out with the fight!
Yesterday, I returned to the University of Maryland, my alma mater, to attend a University Senate (the governing body comprised of 90% faculty and staff, and 10% students) meeting where members voted 81-2-1 in favor of an important life-saving overdose prevention policy. The Diamondback reports: After proposing a measure nearly six years ago that would protect dangerously drunk students or
More than 50 students from all over the Mid-Atlantic region convened at the Northern Virginia Community Collegein Woodbridge, VA this past weekend for the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Conference. Chapters traveled from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and even as far away as Georgia to learn about advocacy from some of the most accomplished names in the movement. Panels and Workshops Panels and
Our newest chapter at the University of Maryland School of Law has just been approved and it is my honor to welcome them to the family! As one of our graduate school chapters, UMD Law joins the ranks of Georgetown University Law, George Washington University Law, University of DC School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, University of California Hastings and Lewis and Clark Law School.
I’m in DC right now, gearing up for SSDP’s 10th Annual International Conference, which I’m sure you already know all about. I’m actually burning the midnight oil with SSDP’s eastern region outreach director Amber Langston. We can see Prince George’s County from her house, a place where the county council just voted to do something very unlikely to achieve the goals the council