Tag: New York

26
Oct

Introducing New York Law School SSDP!

Written by Alana Hans ’19, Chapter Leader of New York Law School SSDP How did you hear about Students for Sensible Drug Policy? I met Scott Cecil at the Cannabis Law Institute at George Washington University Law School and he told me all about SSDP. Scott also mentioned he was a regular guest on a podcast titled Marijuana Today. I

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2
Oct

Introducing SSDP Buffalo!

Written by Jack Quon ’19, Chapter Leader of SSDP Buffalo   How did you hear about SSDP? I was referred to SSDP by Charleen from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) , in response to my questions about young people in the psychedelic community.   Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter?

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16
May

Finding my passion for harm reduction

In high school, I dated someone who I thought was going to be my soulmate for almost 4 years. After watching his life change due to his chaotic relationship with opiates, and knowing I would never be able to help him, I became inspired to go to college and become a therapist specializing in substance use disorders. During and after

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27
Jan

Introducing the Syracuse University SSDP Chapter

I’m thrilled to announce that we have a new SSDP chapter in New York at Syracuse University! I spoke with the chapter leader, Analise Sesay, about what they have accomplished so far and discussed their goals for the future. How did you hear about SSDP? I was referred to SSDP by Kamani Jefferson. Why did you want to get involved/what made you

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10
Oct

Introducing the Ithaca College SSDP Chapter!

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has returned to Ithaca College! After being inactive for a couple of years, the chapter has been revived by TJ Horgan, a sophomore journalism major. After chatting with me a month ago he immediately went to work forming an executive board and hosting an inaugural meeting. I spoke with TJ and his exec board

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19
Sep

The Criminal Justice Approach to Opiate Abuse is Failing in New York

Written by SUNY Albany Graduate School SSDP chapter leader Lauren Parasconda. The Opiate Epidemic in the United States has expanded into many cities, towns, and states across the U.S at an alarming rate over the last few years. In New York City alone, Staten Island is currently leading the way in the number of opiate/heroin-related deaths amongst the other 4

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12
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the SUNY Albany Graduate School Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter in New York at SUNY Albany Graduate School! Over the past year, the SUNY Albany SSDP chapter has been among the most efficient and active chapters in the entire network. Several of the members, including chapter leader Lauren Parasconda, graduated last year and made the decision to start up a new SSDP

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18
Jul

A Response to the Brooklyn K2 Overdoses

In response to an article comparing people under the influence of the synthetic cannabis substance K2 to “the walking dead,” CUNY Baruch SSDP chapter leader Leland Radovanovic submitted the following editorial to the NY Daily News.  Prohibition strikes again, this time in the form of a synthetic pseudo cannabinoid created as an alternative to cannabis that doesn’t show up on

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4
Apr

NY SSDP Students Lobby to End Discrimination on College Application

Written by SSDP NY State Policy Intern and New York University SSDP Chapter Leader Robert Belpasso IOur lobby day aimed to draw support for legislation that would declare criminal history screenings on the college application a discriminatory process. Senate Bill 969, introduced by Senator Velmanette Montgomery, would restrict all New York institutions of higher education from performing criminal history screenings

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25
Jan

SSDP Introduces our 2016 State Policy Interns

Pushing the State Policy Envelope As our national staff continues to grow, we are very excited to announce that we are piloting new state policy internships in New Mexico, New York, and Arizona this year. The State Policy Interns are primarily responsible for monitoring, analyzing, reporting on, and developing appropriate student response to state-level drug policy, particularly those policies which

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8
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Chapter

I am pumped to introduce our newest chapter in New York at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute! With the addition of RPI, SSDP now has a presence on 18 campuses in New York, one of the highest totals of any state in the country. In the month since this chapter started up, I have been blown away by their organization, compassion, and

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30
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the Hunter College Chapter

I am thrilled to announce our newest chapter in New York City, Hunter College! Chapter leader Sabrina Bodé is an SSDP veteran, having previously served as chapter leader of the SUNY New Paltz chapter before transferring to Hunter this semester. She has already made an impact on her campus and is striving to create a vibrant network of student activism

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30
Dec

Invest in students like Stephanie

We know there are many worthy organizations vying for your attention as you consider making year-end gifts, and that Students for Sensible Drug Policy is just one of them. That’s why I wanted to take a moment to remind you that when you give to SSDP, you’re also making an investment in the future. You see, students often come to us

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1
Jul

New York Passes Medical Marijuana Bill: The Compassionate Care Act

The days leading up to the end of the legislative session in Albany, New York could have been described as disquieting and tense. New Yorkers have been trying for years to persuade Governor Cuomo to sign a medical marijuana bill in New York. In the past two years, a delegation of patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, SSDP chapters, and endorsing organizations

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23
Jun

SSDP Welcomes the State University of New York at Buffalo Chapter!

I’m pumped to introduce our newest established chapter at the State University of New York at Buffalo! I spoke with chapter leader Gabriela Zappi about her experience so far and her plans moving forward:   How did you hear about SSDP?  I heard about SSDP from a friend at NYU where I used to go to school who got me

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17
Dec

SSDP Tulane takes action on Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410

Written by Emma Tuttleman-Krieger, President of the Tulane University SSDP chapter In the midst of final exams week, SSDP Tulane organized an “Activism Study Break” to help students urge their senators to vote in favor of mandatory minimum sentencing reform like the Smarter Sentencing Act (SSA), S. 1410. Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) initiated a national call-in day on December 11th which provided short

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18
Nov

SSDP Welcomes Our Newest Chapter at SUNY Binghamton

SSDP is happy to announce that another chapter has joined our student activist network this week! SUNY Binghamton SSDP has recently become established on campus, and chapter leader, Stephanie Izquieta, is excited to get to work changing policy in the Empire State. I was lucky enough to have the chance to catch up with Stephanie last week about SSDP. Here

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10
Oct

Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics 2013 NYC Conference

        From October 11-13 a group of “scientists, artists, activists, seekers and scholars” will come together to learn about and discuss psychedelic drugs in the contexts of science, healing and spirituality. This event is an annual forum that brings people together to learn more about the uses and benefits of psychedelics. Among the distinguished speakers will be

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12
Aug

SSDP and "The Cause B Show" Join Forces in Brooklyn

IMMEDIATE RELEASE | BROOKLYN, NY Thursday, August 16th “The Cause B Show: LIGHT em UP”, at Over the Eight (594 Union Ave, Union and Richardson) a stand-up comedy show featuring some of New York City’s top comedians raising money for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The event is the third in a continuing series of shows produced solely to benefit causes in need. In addition to the

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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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20
Mar

One Million Police Hours Spent on Marijuana Arrests in NYC

A new report released yesterday shows us that during the last ten years, the NYPD has spent approximately 1,000,000 police hours arresting people for marijuana possession. In that time, they have managed to arrest over 440,000 people for minor marijuana charges, costing taxpayers over 75 million dollars last year alone. These are hours that police officers might have otherwise have

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4
Jan

Reflections on Hempstravaganza

Written By: Samantha Goldman In April of 2011, I would have never dreamed that I would coordinate a week of events the following April to educate my peers at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York about the wrongful prohibition of industrial hemp growth in America under marijuana laws and the plant’s potential economic, health, and environmental benefits. It was my

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23
Aug

Ithaca College enacts marijuana/alcohol equalization policy

Starting this fall semester, Ithaca College will punish both marijuana and alcohol violations the same. Over the past year, Ithaca College’s chapter of SSDP has worked with the Student Government Association and the administration on the details of the new “equalization policy”, which was included with other recommendations from the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention (AOD) Team that would change

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29
Jun

Further reflections on the United Nations from SSDP

The two speakers whose words resonated with me the most were H.E. Harold Caballeros of Guatemala and David K. Mineta of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). As Mahogany outlined in her earlier post, Caballeros stated that Guatemala is in the worst possible position for stability; the country is located between the biggest drug producer in the world

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14
Jun

Major Marijuana Reform in the Northeast

Last night, Governor Chafee signed Rhode Island’s decriminalization bill into law, officially making the Ocean State the 15th state to pass marijuana decriminalization. With this new legislation, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by any individual 18 years or older will result in a non-arrestable civil offense punishable by a $150 fine. This means no jail time, no

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