Tag: massachusetts

25
Jan

Introducing the Brandeis University SSDP Chapter

I am thrilled to introduce our newest established chapter in the Northeast region, Brandeis University SSDP! After a year of working to get the group together, chapter leaders Bobby Tromm and Ian Hunter finally had their first meeting this semester and have established a core group of members to move the chapter forward. This puts us at eight active chapters

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1
Mar

Introducing the Dean College Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest established SSDP chapter in Massachusetts, Dean College! Chapter leader Liam Devine has been working to set up the chapter for about a year now and finally got things up and running this semester. I spoke with Liam about his progress thus far and what we can expect from Dean College SSDP moving forward: How

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30
Dec

Delaying Recreational Cannabis Sales in Massachusetts is Irresponsible

Written by University of Massachusetts Boston SSDP chapter leader Joseph Gilmore The decision by Massachusetts legislators to delay the opening of recreational marijuana dispensaries was both fiscally irresponsible and politically underhanded. The consequences of S. 2524, which pushed the start date for recreational cannabis sales back by 6 months, will negatively impact our communities both socially and economically along with directly

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6
Oct

Recapping the 2016 SSDP Northeast Regional Conference

SSDP’s first regional conference of the year was a huge success! A total of 57 students from chapters all over the Northeast Region gathered at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1st for a conference that emphasized coalition building both on and off campus. After students settled in with some coffee and breakfast, Lex Pelger of Psymposia led our

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1
Jun

SSDP Welcomes the Boston College chapter!

I’m thrilled to announce our newest chapter in Massachusetts at Boston College! Getting the chapter approved by the campus administration proved to be challenging, but chapter leaders Marissa Acevado and Conor Kelly were able to make it happen right at the end of the semester. They are looking forward to educating their peers about harm reduction and drug use, raising

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21
Jan

New Hampshire on Marijuana: Catching Up with New England?

This piece was originally published at http://the-libertarian.co.uk. The New Hampshire House of Representatives has narrowly passed a bill that would legalize marijuana in the state. If signed into law, this would put the “Live Free or Die” state ahead of the rest of New England on marijuana reform. Currently, New Hampshire is the only state in New England without a

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15
Nov

SSDP Welcomes Newest Chapter at Fitchburg State University

SSDP is very excited to welcome our newest established chapter at Fitchburg State University! Located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, FSU SSDP will be joining our strong chapter network in the Commonwealth. Earlier this week, I had the chance to catch up with Jackson Boonstra, our chapter founder and leader at Fitchburg. Here is what Jackson had to say about his involvement.

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26
Sep

Best Tips for Good Samaritans: How Two SSDP Chapters Successfully Advocated for Medical Amnesty Policies

Since 2005, SSDP has helped enact Good Samaritan policies at more than 240 colleges and universities across the United States. These measures for medical amnesty foster a safe environment, on-campus and off, enabling students to seek help for emergencies without hesitation or fear of severe punishment. But despite their proven effectiveness, Good Samaritan policies are still met with caution and

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11
Sep

SSDP Helps Implement Two New Call 911 Good Samaritan Policies

One campaign that has been a centerpiece for Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters across the country, Call 911 Good Samaritan Policies, has been adopted by two new universities. Call 911 Good Samaritan Policies highlight the issues between health and punishment when dealing with alcohol and drugs on campus. These policies promote life-saving measures by allowing students to make responsible

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1
Apr

SSDP's 911 Good Samaritan Policy Database Updated

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

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6
Oct

Boston University hosts 2011 Northeast Regional Conference

“If anyone is ever feeling discouraged about the drug policy reform movement, all they need to do is attend an SSDP conference. These conferences empower students, foster new relationships, and strengthen our movement.” –Pete Anderson, Univeristy of Maine Farmington   The 2011 Northeast Regional Conference was held this past weekend at Boston University and over 80 students attended a weekend filled

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5
Oct

Help Save Lives in the Commonwealth

Take Action TODAY To Prevent Fatal Overdoses in Massachusetts An Act to Reduce Opiod Overdose Deaths (S907) Sponsored by Senator Steven Tolman An Act Relating to Controlled Substances and Medical Treatment (H2256) Sponsored by Representative Alice Peisch An Act Providing Limited Immunity from Prosecution for a Person Who Seeks to Obtain Medical Assistance for a Drug Related Overdose (H1303) Sponsored by Representative William Galvin

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8
Apr

2 brand new SSDP chapters now on the map!

We’re excited to announce the two newest additions to our chapter network this week. Welcome to the team, GWU Law and Wheaton SSDP! The George Washington University Law School – Washington, DC (Mid-Altantic Region) Kellen Ruscinello is currently pursuing his JD/MPH degrees as a 2nd year student at GWU Law. Since 2010, he has served as President of the GW Student Association for Drug Law Reform, which was re-chartered

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21
Jan

2 new SSDP chapters

With students going back to school, it’s certainly been a busy week for student drug policy reform! As administrators get back to work as well, two more SSDP chapters have gained official student group approval from their schools, and now we’re excited to welcome Tufts University and Utah State University to our chapter network. Tufts University Boston, MA (Northeast Region) Alex Baskin heard about SSDP in

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27
Dec

Hilary Dulin, Chapter Leader of the Week

Name: Hilary Dulin Title: Co-founder & President, NU SSDP School: Northeastern University, Class of 2011 Major: Behavioral Neuroscience SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? Hilary: I got involved in Fall of 2008 when I met Kevin Franciotti who was working on bringing SSDP to Northeastern. I became involved and helped to found the chapter. SSDP: What issues are

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