Interviewer: Liza Begum, Global Operations and U.S. Policy Intern Annajane Yolken is a public health advocate, working to translate data and research into evidence-based drug policy. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the Substance Use Policy, Education, and Recovery (SUPER) PAC. She is also Director of Programs at Project Weber/RENEW, a peer-based harm reduction service organization in Rhode Island.
Like most college students, I spent my early years trying to find my place. I changed majors, schools, and longed to find my identity. In spring of 2015, I found a place within SSDP. When I walked into my first meeting at the University of Rhode Island, I instantly felt connected with those surrounding me. I phonebanked for cannabis legalization
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
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
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
This weekend, over 100 student drug policy reformers, alumni, and supporters alike will convene in Providence, Rhode Island at Brown University for the 2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference. This year, our theme is “Talk It Up”, and we plan to discuss many aspects of the drug war and student activism. This gathering will unite the northeast SSDP chapter network for
Register Today! This year, our chapter at Brown University invites you to be a part of the 2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference will be taking place on the Brown University campus, from September 28-29th, 2012. This conference serves to unite the northeast SSDP chapter network for a weekend of education, discussion, networking, training workshops, and expert
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
Last night, Rhode Island State Assembly members voted to decriminalize the personal possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in the Ocean State. The House passed the bill 50-24, and then the Senate endorsed the legislation 28-6. The legislation will now move to be signed by both chambers, and then it heads to the desk of Governor Lincoln Chafee. Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Program has been a shining example of a successful and sensible drug policy. Most importantly, it’s supported by the state’s voters and legislature. But with three non-profit compassion centers set to open in the next few months, the federal government is now threatening it could prosecute in a three page hand-delivered letter to Gov. Lincoln Chaffee: “The Act, the registration scheme
I have to say, I love my home state of Rhode Island. We are showing the world how to create sensible policies surrounding medical marijuana and are reforming devastating mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession – all through the legislature. All this despite a governor that has an itchy veto finger when anything calling for common sense drug policy hits his desk.
In 2006, Rhode Island became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana, largely in part to Rhode Island Representative Tom C. Slater who sponsored the RI Medical Marijuana Act and worked closely with RIPAC. Sadly, Rep. Slater passed away last week after fighting a six year battle with cancer. I had the chance to meet Representative Slater and thank him for his hard