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
Our SSDP chapter at Northern Michigan University was recently recognized on campus! We’re excited to welcome them all to the family, and have prepared some information about them through an interview with Chapter Leader Perry Boyd. Check it out! How did you hear about SSDP? I first heard about SSDP during our first YAP club meeting this semester. Zach had
Written by Illinois State Policy Intern Amy Hildebrand I’ll start with two facts of cannabis legalization that should, by now, be well known, but nonetheless are important in anchoring the discussion. The war on drugs as a whole and cannabis policing specifically have disproportionately impacted communities of color. (See: Race and the Drug War) The contemporary legal cannabis market is
Written by Amy Hildebrand, IL State Policy Intern On a frigid Monday night in January, even a class with mandatory attendance would be hard-pressed to fill every seat at DePaul University, but DePaul SSDP was able to do just that last week when we hosted our Student Voter Cannabis Legalization Forum in an auditorium which seated about 70. The evening
I’m so thrilled to be introducing a newly established chapter to the SSDP network in Illinois. Please welcome the folks over at Governors State University. New chapter leader Dustin Prince sent us some insight into his process and the new chapter. How did you hear about SSDP? I have a passion and interest to be a psychedelic psychotherapist and researcher.
We’re fortunate to have connected with Donald Turpen of Indiana State University. In the past month, he’s already founded his chapter and got it recognized by the administration. Read on to find out more about his plans for SSDP at ISU! How did you hear about SSDP? I have actually been involved in the legalization/decriminalization effort for many years. I
Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Midwest Regional Conference was a huge success! Students from eight different chapters across three states convened at the DePaul University Campus in Chicago, Illinois on the weekend of October 21st-23rd for a conference that spanned a wide variety of drug policy reform topics. After students settled in with some coffee and breakfast, Spencer Rudnick and Kat
These are absolutely my favorite blog posts to write for SSDP. I love introducing new chapters. It’s been a blast getting to know Davin Surio. He takes his work seriously, and he’s a serious force for change. I can’t wait to see what the MSU SSDP chapter accomplishes under his leadership. Read on for more about him and his organization!
It’s the middle of August, and school is almost back in session, which means we are about to see another tidal wave of newly established SSDP chapters as students come back to campus. I’m happy that the first chapter I get to introduce to the network in the 2016-2017 school year is the re-established DePaul University chapter. I met Amy
Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of working Sky Santiago, our newest chapter leader from Indiana University South Bend. Her chapter recently became fully established, so in celebration, I asked her to tell us a little more about her plans for the future. How did you hear about SSDP? I heard about SSDP through MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association
If there’s one thing I love in this world, it’s newly established SSDP chapters. I’ve been in touch with students from Ohio University for a long while at this point, and I’m very excited to say that SSDP is finally welcoming them as a fully established chapter. Chapter Leader Brandon Kerr sent me some thoughts on their organization and its
On January 30th, 2016, Ohio State Senators held a meeting to gauge residents’ opinions on medical marijuana in the state. Chapter leaders from the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University Students for Sensible Drug Policy attended the meeting to testify in support of medical marijuana. Below, watch a video of Alexander Dix, our Northeast Ohio Medical University chapter
We have a newly established chapter in Michigan! I’d like to welcome Ahmad Khasawneh of Wayne State University to the SSDP family. Check out what he has to say about his new chapter and their hopes for the future! How did you hear about SSDP? I was browsing through reddit one time and noticed that SSDP was running an Indiegogo
I’m very happy to announce our newest Wisconsin-based chapter, led by Sam Dunkovich at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Read below to find out more about how he came to find out about SSDP and get involved. Thanks for your leadership, Sam! We’re all looking forward to working with you. How did you hear about SSDP? I first heard
As a little present for y’all around the holidays, I’d like to introduce our new chapter at the University of Kentucky. How did you hear about SSDP? I have followed the Drug Policy Alliance as their vision and mission resonated with me as a graduate student searching for like-minded voices regarding the war on drugs. In short, I found a
As the Fall semester of 2015 draws to a close, our student leaders are busy preparing for finals, reviewing coursework from the last four months and getting ready for winter break. In the spirit of reviewing for finals, I want to highlight some chapters who are new to our network this semester, but have yet to be featured on the SSDP blog.
Griffin Salisbury and Pat McGoldrick of Beloit College recently joined our network and I’m very excited to introduce them to you! Read along for more about their process of getting started and moving forward. 1. How did you hear about SSDP? I was writing a paper on MDMA as a treatment for PTSD. So far, the experiments being
As always, I’m really excited to introduce a new chapter to the SSDP network. This time at Ferris State University in Michigan. Chapter Leader Michael Williams tells us about his journey so far. How did you hear about SSDP? Getting into discussions of Drug Policy and current events on various internet boards between 2004-2009, I had known of
I am very excited to introduce our newest established chapter at Loyola University Chicago! I’ve been fortunate to get to know chapter leaders Ari and Rory over the past summer, and now that they are up and running, I cannot wait to see all that they accomplish in the upcoming academic year. They both responded to our new chapter interview, check
It’s been a great week for SSDP, as we are fortunate to welcome another newly established chapter to the network, Northern Kentucky University. Chapter leader Dylan Birkenhauer spoke with me about his experience starting a new chapter, and his plans moving forward. How did you hear about SSDP? I first heard about SSDP through Marijuana Policy Project’s website. Why did
Amongst all of the amazing things that happened for drug policy reformers nationwide this week, another sensible policy was passed that you may not have heard about. Our students at Eastern Michigan University crafted a city-wide ballot initiative to pass a lowest law enforcement priority for marijuana in the city of Ypsilanti. Over the past semester they gathered the signatures