by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the
government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be
enforced." — Albert Einstein
The 2012 International Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference kicked off earlier today in Denver, CO.
Check out this article about the conference on the Denver Westword: Students for Sensible Drug Policy holding international conference in Denver
And take a look at the schedule:
Ethan Nadelmann - Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Kris Krane - Former Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Adam Smith - Co-founder, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Steve DeAngelo - Director, Harborside Health Center
Rick Doblin - Executive Director, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Surprising Allies: Collaborating With Cops and Moms
Global Drug Policy: From the Field to the UN
Cannabusiness: From Activist to Entrepreneur
Marijuana Reform: 2012 Statewide Ballot Initiatives
Transcending Political Differences: Drug Policy Reform as a Non-Partisan Issue
Just Say Know: Reality Based Drug Education
Colorado: A Model for Medical Marijuana Regulation
Saving Lives By Changing Laws: Good Samaritan/Medical Amnesty Policies
Raising The Bar: Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Reforming Drug Policy While Not Working In Drug Policy
More Women In The Movement: Ending Alcohol Prohibition As A Model
Take Over Your Student Government
Practical First Aid For Partygoers
Finding The Leader Within You
"Dos" and "Don’t"s of Effective Fundraising
Practicing Non-violent Communication
According to Newt Gingrich, “Jefferson or George Washington would have rather strongly discouraged you from growing marijuana and their techniques of dealing with it would have been rather more violent than current government.”
This week, SSDP sent dozens of students to New Hampshire to attend the 2012 College Convention, a four-day gathering of current presidential candidates in Concord, New Hampshire. Our students are working to get presidential candidates on the record regarding their views on reforming our current drug policies. This afternoon, some SSDP members traveled to a local town hall meeting in Concord, where they caught up with GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and got the chance to ask him about his position on marijuana policy. Check out the video, and stay tuned for more highlights from this week.
I just found this sign from 2008. Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Clark University organized an outdoor concert on campus to remind people to vote Yes on Question 2, where we handed these out. It passed. Meaning, possession of up to an ounce of cannabis has been decriminalized in Massachusetts.
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 for Sensible Drug Policy” appears on a government sign.) Great work, NOVA SSDP! We applaud your dedication to improving the world through community service and sensible drug policy reform.
The ONDCP losing its media funding is a testament to the work we put into lobbying members of Congress in March, and it should inspire us all to keep this common-sense dialogue going. Be the one to enlighten your representative of the failures of the drug war, because as proven by the nearly 400 SSDP chapter members who lobbied on Capitol Hill, you too can affect change. +
One of the many perks of being in student goverments: free shirts!
And today we passed a resolution (10 to 7) in order to equalize the penalties of getting caught with underage drinking and under 20g of marijuana in the dorms (which is three strikes and you’re out instead of straight up out getting kicked AND STILL HAVING TO PAY FOR HOUSING) because they’re both misdemeanors under state law. But since it’s just a resolution and not the actual bill, it basically just tells the administration “Hey, we think this is a good idea” and then hopefully we can get the issue on the ballot come fall elections.
I mean it was passed in the UF and UCF student government but it ultimately got shot down by the Board of Trustees which kinda undermines the whole purpose of student government but whatever.
This is great. Keep us posted!
I am currently in the process of starting a ssdp chapter at my school. Thanks to the Constitution I don’t see a way they can say no.
Does your school have a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy?
You can find out here: SSDP Chapter Network
Don’t have a chapter? Start one! Here’s all you need to know.
Updated - Don’t be afraid to contact the SSDP staff. They are chill people. And if you do start a chapter, I recommend going to at least one conference. It’s a good time.