Tag: virginia

15
Jun

SSDP Welcomes the George Mason University Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce the newest SSDP chapter: George Mason University! Chapter leaders Samir Lal and Vincent Rado first reached out to us a few months ago and have been hard at work since getting the GMU chapter revived. I spoke with them about their success thus far and their plans for the future: How did you hear about SSDP? I had

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4
May

Virginia SSDP Chapters Launch "ReVAMP" Campaign

Written by Joe Melton, Vice President of Virginia Tech SSDP On April 20th, a couple months of planning came to fruition for SSDP chapters across Virginia as the ReVAMP campaign was finally kicked into gear. ReVAMP stands for Repealing Virginia Marijuana Prohibition and is primarily an effort to make the voices of Virginian youth heard on the issue of cannabis prohibition.

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28
Jan

Lobbying for Decriminalization in Virginia

Written by George Washington University SSDP chapter member Aria Mildice The Virginia Lobby Day with NORML this past Friday, January 16th, was my first time lobbying. Virginia NORML organized this lobby day with Senators and Delegates from the Virginia General Assembly to lobby for S.B. 686, which would decriminalize marijuana possession throughout the state. S.B. 686 was introduced in the

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19
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the James Madison University (JMU) chapter!

Based in my home state of Virginia, James Madison University (JMU) is home to our newest official chapter! Founded and led by Sociology major Staci Hostetler, we expect JMU SSDP to be a fantastic addition to our Virginia chapter network. I spoke with Staci about building the chapter and her vision for the future;     How did you first hear

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7
Jan

Medical Amnesty Bill introduced in Virginia House thanks to VCU SSDP

Written by VCU SSDP co-President Rose Bono Our SSDP chapter has been working on getting a medical amnesty (Good Samaritan) policy passed for several years now. We started locally, asking Virginia Commonwealth University to adopt this sensible policy. Unfortunately, we were told that because our school is under the city’s jurisdiction and the city is under the state’s jurisdiction, VCU

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21
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the George Mason University Chapter!

I’m so pleased to announce our newest chapter, in my home state of Virginia, George Mason University! Chapter founder and leader David Gibrael is not just a sensible young person fighting to end this senseless war; he’s also a Marine Corps veteran. He was a rifleman in the 1st Battalion 9th Marines and served one tour in Afghanistan in 2011. For the

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20
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the Christopher Newport University (CNU) chapter!

I am so excited to announce the formation of our newest official chapter, Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Virginia! With the addition of CNU, our Virginia network now boasts 7 chapters and is stronger than ever. I spoke with chapter founder and leader Colin Klimowski about the chapter’s beginnings and his vision for it’s future:   How did

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24
Jan

Virginia Commonwealth University Chapter's Lobby Day at the VA General Assembly

Written by Jurriaan van den Hurk This past Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) chapter traveled to the Virginia General Assembly in downtown Richmond to speak with state legislators about several bills related to drug policy in the upcoming session, as well as our ongoing statewide medical amnesty (911 Good Samaritan) policy campaign.   The Process: As a

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25
Jan

Action Alert: Oppose a bad youth justice bill in VA

A bill (HB 718) that would make it easier to try youth as adults and greatly expand the number of youth tried as adults is moving swiftly through the Virginia House of Delegates.  Our best chance to stop it will be to block the Virginia Senate version, SB 419.  It will probably be heard next week in the Senate Courts of

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2
Dec

SSDP Welcomes Virginia Tech Chapter!

Virginia Tech is our newest official chapter! They join the fight alongside VCU, Radford, NVCC, UMW, GMU, and UVA Law, expanding and strengthening our chapter network in Virginia. I spoke with chapter leader Tom Magjuka about his experience so far and his plans for the chapter moving forward;   How did you hear about SSDP? I honestly can’t remember how I found out about SSDP. I used

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