Tag: ssdp

13
Jan

Your Revolution is Over!

Somehow, El Paso Mayor John Cook’s recent comments stereotyping those who support the resolution he vetoed last week, remind me of the Big Lebowski scene where Mr. Lebowski and The Dude argue about jobs, why he is “the Dude”, and the 60’s hippie revolution; filled with pot smoking – free loving, bums. “I can tell you that all the potheads have sent

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12
Jan

Legalization in El Paso

By now you are probably aware of the recent resolution, written and passed by the El Paso city council, that included an amendment encouraging that ending drug prohibition be discussed. The resolution was aimed at addressing and drawing attention to the rising violence occurring in the city of Juárez, Mexico which borders El Paso, Texas. After passing unanimously, the resolution was quickly

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6
Jan

Is it Over Yet?

The DEA has continued to raid medical marijuana dispensaries in California since President Obama took office. We know Obama has stated the he does not support using justice department resources to undermine state law on this issue. Yet the DEA continues to waste these resources on law abiding, tax paying dispensaries. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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7
Dec

Sign the Obama Drug Policy Petition

Ideas are fantastic. So why not have an idea machine? SSDP has one and his name is Micah Daigle. His latest idea is a facebook petition that has generated nearly 17,000 signatures. What’s this petition all about you ask? Well, its calling on President Elect Obama to reform U.S. drug policy. We petition that… When you called the War on Drugs an

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19
Nov

Why Smoke One Blunt?

I’m in DC right now, gearing up for SSDP’s 10th Annual International Conference, which I’m sure you already know all about. I’m actually burning the midnight oil with SSDP’s eastern region outreach director Amber Langston. We can see Prince George’s County from her house, a place where the county council just voted to do something very unlikely to achieve the goals the council

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29
Oct

How to Make a Drug Warrior Look Foolish

Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, recently leaped at the chance to make herself look absolutely foolish by attacking SSDP’s ally Law Enforcement Against Prohibition on an email list of over 300 delegates and officials that attended theUN forum on Illegal Drugs. “These guys in the videos are EX-law enforcement for a reason! Hundreds of thousands of current law enforcement find

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16
Aug

SSDP on MTV

SSDP is now a group on MTV think. Create a profile and join the group right here. I know what your thinking. MTV? Involved with something that isn’t lowering the quality of popular music and convincing the average 16 year old that they are entitled to a Mercedes Benz and a birthday party that is incomplete without flame throwing trapeze artists

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15
Aug

DARE Conference Wrap Up

Update: The UStream broadcast mentioned below has been canceled. It will be rescheduled. Friends, I’d like to let you know that I’m alive and well — albeit intellectually exhausted — following my attendance at the DARE conference this week. I have video clips and insights to share, but I’ll save those for my UStream broadcast next week. I hope you

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12
Aug

Live Blogging from DARE Conference

I’m sitting in a session that’s about parents who provide alcohol to teenagers in controlled settings and how “irresponsible” those parents are. The instructor just gave a speech about harm reduction actually being “harm promotion” and made an analogy about parents teaching their kids how to “shoplift responsibly.” Riiiight. Perfect analogy. Because every high school student shoplifts the night of

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12
Aug

D.A.R.E Conference: Day One

Today was a bit of a bust. There were only two training sessions, followed by a parade of all the “pimped out” D.A.R.E. vehicles seized via asset forfeiture laws, a motorcycle stunt show, and an opening reception with mariachi music and fajitas. (Okay, so it was kind of fun.) I did get a lot of great video footage today, but

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11
Aug

SSDP at D.A.R.E. Conference

It has been four years since I represented SSDP at the D.A.R.E. conference, a gathering of hundreds of well-intentioned police officers from across North America who teach misinformation and scare tactics rather than honest, reality based drug education. Well, here I am in San Antonio, TX, getting ready to do it again. And after watching this promo video, I have to tell you,

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20
May

SSDP President Denied Ballot Spot

Stacia Cosner, SSDP Board Member and president of the UMD SSDP chapter was notified yesterday that she will be taken off the ballot for senate elections because of a drug arrest that is nearly two years old. Read about it here.