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22
May

It’s #SSDPalumni week!

As the spring semester draws to a close, many students will be graduating and moving on from school to the next chapter of their lives. Being a part of an SSDP chapter is a defining part of many students’ college experiences, I know it certainly was for me! The SSDP Alumni Association aims to provide a framework for SSDPers to continue

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22
May

April/May 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Is the War on Drugs a War on the Environment?

IS THE WAR ON DRUGS A WAR ON THE ENVIRONMENT? The War on Drugs has a complex and multi-layered relationship with the environment, often bordering on a full-scale War on the Environment. Drug war policies are frequently overtly damaging to the environment, such as the massive environmental destruction at the hands of government agencies using dangerous chemical pesticides to eradicate

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22
May

April/May 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Additional Resources

Is the War on Drugs a War on the Environment? The War on Drugs has a complex and multi-layered relationship with the environment, often bordering on a full-scale War on the Environment. Read more in our April/May issue of the Monthly Mosaic here. Then, check out the below resources to learn more about the intersection of the social and environmental crises

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11
May

UNODC: Acknowledge Youth as Key Stakeholders in the Standards of Prevention

SSDP’s recommendations to the UNODC were compiled and submitted by our Drug Education Manager, Dr. Vilmarie Narloch, Psy.D ’09 Recently, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime put out a call for civil society input as they update the International Standards of Drug Use Prevention. These standards were originally launched in 2013 and took into consideration studies published prior

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10
May

“Marijuana Exceptionalism” and Knowing When Your Cannabis Use Has Become Problematic

Written by Rory McPeak, SSDP chapter leader at Loyola University Chicago While I was attending SSDP2017, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference in Portland, OR, I attended a panel focused on problematic drug use. It is common for people involved with drug policy reform and harm reduction advocacy to use the term “addiction” rather sparingly, due to its highly subjective

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22
Mar

March 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Diversity Awareness Reflection & Education at #SSDP2017

A hearty welcome to SSDP2017 from SSDP’s Diversity, Awareness, Reflection, & Education (SSDP-DARE) committee! Because the consequences of drug prohibition are far-reaching in their impact on different communities across the globe, exposing oneself to new perspectives is crucial to understanding  the totality of the drug war. We hope that you’ll seize the opportunity presented by SSDP2017 to make lasting connections

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15
Mar

What to know about the SSDP Board of Directors elections

SSDP2017 is only a few days away and twenty amazing SSDPers have applied to run for the Board of Directors. SSDP is governed by a Board of Directors and a Board of Trustees, a designated body of the Board of Directors. Elected student members and appointed alumni make up the Board of Directors; all are volunteers and each member serves

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14
Mar

Congratulations to this year’s award nominees

Ten days from today, at SSDP2017, we will recognize outstanding achievements of the SSDP network during the awards ceremony. We’re proud to announce the nominees for each award below. Congratulations and thanks for your hard work! Stuart Ableson Goodwill Dr. Bronner’s Marijuana Business Daily MassRoots Elizabeth Nichols & The Laurel Rosebud Fund Scott & Cyan Banister Campus Change Dublin City

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8
Mar

Understanding Person First Language

Written by SUNY New Paltz SSDP chapter leader Robert Hofmann When talking about drug policy reform, activists will encounter several terms used to describe people who use drugs. These terms can show us preconceived notions of drug users held by individuals who use them. While some people use negative and neutral terms interchangeably, different phrases can conjure up different feelings

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3
Mar

SSDP Supports California’s SB180

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is proud to support California’s SB180, introduced by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles). This bill would remove the current three-year sentencing enhancements for a number of crimes related to controlled substances. The bill was first introduced in 2016 as the “RISE Act” (SB966). Although it did not pass during the 2015-2016 session, Senator Mitchell has

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