Tag: students

11
Nov

The Linn State SSDP Saga

As our chapter prepares for the first ever Students for Sensible Drug Policy event on our campus, I reflect on the cause of events that sparked our motivation. This semester, Linn State Technical College demanded that every incoming student submit to an unconstitutional drug test to remain a registered student. Along with student’s having their Fourth Amendment infringed upon, also

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25
Aug

The High Times Guide to Higher Education

On stands now is the October 2011 issue of High Times magazine with our annual feature listing the top 20 schools for marijuana activism, here are some highlights, get yourself a copy to read the full article. 1. Northern Illinois University– Last year NIU’s SSDP chapter was labeled by school officials to be “political” and therefore ineligible to receive funding or official recognition

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25
Aug

Yet Another Study Shows Student Drug Testing Doesn't Work

A new study is once again proving that student drug testing programs are ineffective at reducing drug use.     The study, published online in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, was based on a nationally representative sample of 940 high school students across the country. The teens were surveyed by telephone in 2007 and 2008. Overall, 27% of the students said

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29
Jul

NVCC SSDP Adopts A Highway

Recently, our chapter leaders at Northern Virginia Community College adopted a highway in northern Virginia.  Just like many other community groups and businesses have done to show their commitment to social good, they’re directly giving back to their local community by keeping a section of this highway clean.  (Also, this is quite possibly the first time that the words “Students

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21
Jul

New York state overdose prevention bill becomes law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 21, 2011 Contact:  Evan Nison, President, Ithaca College SSDP, 607-216-8096 Stacia Cosner, Associate Director, SSDP National, 410-299-3433 Albany, NY – Yesterday, July 20th, Governor Cuomo signed into law a statewide 911 Good Samaritan Policy. The purpose of the law is to encourage a witness or victim of an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency to call 911 to

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18
Jul

Chapter Leader Spotlight: Bradley Steinman

Bradley Steinman is one of SSDP’s newest activists and he’s already jumping into the world of drug policy reform with impressive ideas for building SSDP’s chapter network at law schools around the country. Bradley is forming SSDP’s first chapter at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. In the last year SSDP has, not surprisingly, seen a rise in interest from

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24
Jun

AMPLIFY Your Activism Contest

SSDP is incredibly excited to announce our AMPLIFY Your Activism Contest! We’ve teamed up with our friends and supporters Slightly Stoopid and put together a killer prize that includes 2 VIP tickets to a Slightly Stoopid show of your choice* and lots of other awesome swag like a poster signed by the band members, SSDP t-shirts and a $100 gift card for Seedless

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29
Apr

Easy Star All Stars and Medical Marijuana

When Trevor Hosterman from West Chester SSDP volunteered to table the April 17th Easy Star All Stars/Cas Haley show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA, he had no idea he’d end up on stage with the band. ESAS and Cas Haley are both in the AMPLIFY project family of artists, but not until now has an artist given our chapters

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15
Apr

SSDP Tip of the Week: Visibility

We’re starting a new series of blog posts aimed at helping you run successful chapters that engage in campaigns, constantly recruit new members, and become the most active and exciting groups on campus. To start things off, here’s a lesson on visibility. It might seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re not promoting your chapter’s meetings, events or campaigns, then how

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8
Apr

Outstanding Student Activist Award: Christopher Pezza

At the 2011 SSDP Awards Dinner, Christopher Pezza was one of only two students recognized for their outstanding activism within SSDP. Impressively, Chris has formed not one, but two SSDP chapters that are both currently active in Colorado. First, he organized students at Front Range Community College in Longmont. Under his leadership, the FRCC chapter worked on numerous campaigns and helped spread

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28
Mar

3 new SSDP chapters

We’re proud to welcome new officially established SSDP chapters at Louisiana State University – Shreveport, University of Houston – Clear Lake, and University of Pittsburgh this week! Read more about each new group and the student leaders who founded them. Louisiana State University – Shreveport Shreveport, LA – Southern Region The LSUS Student News covered the newly created chapter, watch an excerpt of the video

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20
Mar

Conference Comments

SSDP’s 2011 Training Conference & Lobby Day was an inspiring weekend that really spoke volumes to SSDP’s pivotal role in the effort to bring common sense to drug policy. We saw 400 students from all over the country come together not just to learn about policy, but to gain the tools needed to become effective activists – prepared to take on the

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10
Feb

Black and Latino Youth Comprise Majority of Marijuana Arrests in New York City

NEW YORK – Officials at Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) say data released by the New York Division of Criminal Justice Service and obtained by the Drug Policy Alliance, signals a major change in marijuana policy is needed. The figures show that in 2010, the New York City Police Department made 50,383 arrests for low-level marijuana offenses, making up

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24
Dec

Students in Northern Mexico Protest Drug War Violence

This holiday season ABC News reports that students at the Autonomous University of the City of Juarez (UACJ) (in its Spanish acronym) have formed a group to resist the drug war. The students are targeting corruption in the police and military, highlighting human rights abuses as part of their campaign. One videoed episode of state violence drew the students ire: the late October police shooting of

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20
Aug

The Drug War Makes Us Stupid

A few days ago, SSDP’s ED Micah Daigle received this email: Dear Micah, I think personally it is absolutely disgusting that you would have a story on Rachel Hoffman that comes to her defense. She was everything that was wrong with this situation. She was helping the war on drugs. I don’t care how the police twisted her mind and

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11
Aug

HEA Reform is Close

The HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, introduced by Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), has been a thorn in the side of educators, students, and social justice activists across the country since its creation in 1998. This year, we may see significant reform to this unfair law. A bill has been introduced byRep. George Miller (D-CA), that if passed, would remove the penalty for students with drug

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6
Jun

Strip Searching Students is Not Ok. Duh!

I’m not sure what the school administrators were thinking when they decided it was necessary to strip search 13 year old Savannah Redding because they suspected she was hiding ibuprofen in her underwear. Not only did the humiliating and unconstitutional search not find any of that oh-so dangerous ibuprofen, but those who carried out the search contended that they had done nothing

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6
Feb

Help Phelps! Boycott Kellogg's!

I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge sports fan. Its quite rare for me to get excited over a football or basketball game (although baseball is the exception) and I generally prefer the Winter Olympic games to the summer – come on – you know you love watching curling. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for watching sports, I could not help

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23
Jan

SSDP in El Paso

While my last post made light of the situation in El Paso, this event proved to be an important day for drug policy. Even though mayor Cook’s veto was not overridden by the city council, councilman O’Rourke’s goal to stimulate dialogue about ending prohibition was achieved. Over 40 people testified their support or disagreement with the veto’s override. It seemed

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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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