Written by College of Charleston SSDP Vice President, Daniel Miles The story begins last year, during my freshman year at College of Charleston and my first few months as an “SSDP rockstar” (as my old chapter leader Lisa Diamond used to call me). She told me that there was this project I could work on that had been gathering dust
As 2014 comes to a close, Students for Sensible Drug Policy reflects on our top 14 highlights of the year: 1. Increasing impacts before, and after, elections 2014 was a big year for marijuana policy reform. Voters in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia voted to legalize marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. With a modest investment in
A lot has been said and discussed about the drug policy of the Netherlands and in our previous article about the Netherlands, it is clear that some things don’t really make sense. But the city of Utrecht, the fourth largest city of the Netherlands, has decided to try to take some steps forward. The Dutch Office for Medicinal Cannabis (OMC),
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
1. Making history in Colorado and Washington. Election Day this year marked the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition as Colorado (55%-45% on Amendment 64) and Washington (56%-44% on Initiative 502) voters said yes to legalizing marijuana! Through our online phonebanking tool, SSDPers from across the country made 17,882 calls to Colorado voters under the age of 30 to help turn out
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
The Dutch government has had a policy of tolerance since the 1970’s, which allows people to buy and smoke cannabis. Licensed cannabis cafés, called “coffee shops”, are allowed to sell up to 5 grams of cannabis to each customer every day. With this policy, the Dutch government has managed to keep the sale of cannabis out of the black market.
After the SSDP UNAM chapter read that the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) wanted to host a big international forum to discuss drug policy in Mexico, we knew we needed to be part of it—and act fast! Andrés wrote a letter to the organizers telling them that we wanted to participate at the forum, and it didn’t matter how.
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
Last December, the University of Mary Washington Bullet reported on a meeting of the Board of Visitors where the campus “one-strike” policy was discussed: Searcy wanted to reassure the board that the university’s devotion to upholding and enforcing the one-strike policy was still strong, but a few members of the board expressed some concern over the message that the policy