Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UMD

Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UMD check our events tab for current events & meeting details! SSDP at UMD has a decade-long history of fighting back against the injustices of the Drug War and encouraging students to get involved in the political process.
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Also dedicated to dispelling stereotypes, we are proud Terps and a respected organization within the UMD community, and host many events that are open to everyone each semester. We look forward to partnering with other student organizations and are always welcome to new members!

Also dedicated to dispelling stereotypes, we are proud Terps and a respected organization within the UMD community, and host many events that are open to everyone each semester. We look forward to partnering with other student organizations and are always welcome to new members!

03/27/2019

Just a reminder that we're not meeting today! The next meeting will be next Wednesday (4/3) 7-8pm at JMZ 0208

02/07/2019

Hey everyone! Come check out our booth at the Second Look Fair in the Stamp Ballroom! So excited for a sensible semester

Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UMD's cover photo
02/07/2019

Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UMD's cover photo

11/29/2017

TONIGHT: SGA will be debating a bill that would reduce punishment for students caught with marijuana and paraphernalia. The meeting will start at 6pm in the Charles Carroll room in Stamp and there will be a period for public comment if you'd like to speak in support of the bill! Please stop by if you can to support!

Thanks to all who came out to our legalization event! The event was a huge success thanks to you all and we can't wait t...
05/03/2017

Thanks to all who came out to our legalization event! The event was a huge success thanks to you all and we can't wait to continue to work on our campaign to change Resident Life drug policy!

10/12/2016

Friendly reminder that UMD SSDP will not be meeting tonight because of Yom Kippur. Meetings will begin again next Wednesday.

09/21/2016

Reminder that our first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year is TONIGHT at 7pm in the School of Public Health, Room 0307! It is a potluck so please bring food to share!

Come check us out at the first look fair!
09/14/2016

Come check us out at the first look fair!

Are you a UMD Alumni or graduating this semester? If the answer is yes, then you should join the Students for Sensible D...
05/18/2016
Kicking off our Alumni Association Spring Graduation Membership Drive | Students for Sensible...

Are you a UMD Alumni or graduating this semester? If the answer is yes, then you should join the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Alumni Association! Becoming a member of the Alumni Association is the best way to stay connected to SSDP and the UMD chapter beyond graduation. It's currently the Membership Drive, which means that if you sign up before 11:59pm EST this Friday, May 20th you will be entered to win one free registration to SSDP2017: The Annual Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference. To find out more check out the SSDP blog all this week or go to http://ssdp.org/alumni/

Today SSDP is kicking off our second annual Alumni Association Membership Drive! Each day this week, we’ll feature a blog post written by an alum serving in a leadership position on a variety of topics: from individual SSDP stories to becoming more involved as an alum, to the story of The Wets, and…

While Maryland dallies on medical marijuana, children suffer
05/05/2016
While Maryland dallies on medical marijuana, children suffer

While Maryland dallies on medical marijuana, children suffer

Parents helplessly watch the open, vacant unseeing eyes of their child, knowing inside their kid's brain an electrical firestorm rages. The seizure passes, and the immediate parental relief is tempered by hard experience: This is just a break until it happens again — and it always, always happens ag...

Pick up a copy of today's edition of The Diamondback, featuring an editorial about federal medical marijuana reform by U...
04/14/2016

Pick up a copy of today's edition of The Diamondback, featuring an editorial about federal medical marijuana reform by UMD SSDP President Olivia O'Keefe on page 11!

Stacia
03/16/2016

Stacia

9 years ago today! #ssdpalumni

Happy International Women's Day, Sensible Terps!
03/08/2016

Happy International Women's Day, Sensible Terps!

The cannabis industry has a higher rate of female executives than the national average. Do you think this can translate into other sectors?

"HB 1119, introduced by Delegate Dan Morhaim, would keep people possessing a small amount of drugs out of the criminal j...
03/01/2016
Drug Policy Alliance

"HB 1119, introduced by Delegate Dan Morhaim, would keep people possessing a small amount of drugs out of the criminal justice system altogether, thereby saving critical resources, avoiding the costs of saddling more Maryland citizens with criminal records and their adverse consequences, and reducing racial disparities."

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates will hold the first-ever legislative hearing in U.S. history on decriminalizing small amounts of drugs! This proposal is part of a groundbreaking package of harm reduction bills that would effectively move drug policy away from a criminal justice approach and toward a public health approach. #NoMoreDrugWar

Great News Maryland!
02/05/2016

Great News Maryland!

As deaths from drug overdoses increase nationwide, groundbreaking legislation is being introduced in Maryland today that would roll back the war on drugs, implement life-saving harm reduction practices and drastically transform drug policy in the state. This is the first time that bills to decriminalize all drugs and create SIFs have been introduced in a state legislature! #NoMoreDrugWar http://bit.ly/1SPmIXj

The Diamondback
01/28/2016
The Diamondback

The Diamondback

Here's what you need to know about the changes.

Override Md.'s marijuana veto
01/14/2016
Override Md.'s marijuana veto

Override Md.'s marijuana veto

It's alarming that those calling for legislation specifically making it illegal to use marijuana behind the wheel don't understand the driver impairment laws already on the books. Impaired driving, whether from alcohol, marijuana or any other drug, is already illegal. We don't need a separate law to…

Naloxone saves lives.
12/09/2015

Naloxone saves lives.

After testifying before the Senate about the opioid epidemic yesterday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen trained me in the use of Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug. By prescribing Naloxone to first responders and concerned family members and friends in case of an emergency – the same way someone would carry an EpiPen – Naloxone can save lives so people can get the drug addiction treatment they need.

"We can't dismiss people out of hand simply because of a mistake they made in the past." - President Obama
11/03/2015
Obama bans the box

"We can't dismiss people out of hand simply because of a mistake they made in the past." - President Obama

The president is announcing a new order to reduce potential discrimination against former convicts in the hiring process.

UMD SSDP Alumni Justin Kander has recently published his extensive volume "Cannabis for the Treatment of Cancer: The Ant...
10/09/2015
Cannabis for the Treatment of Cancer: The Anticancer Activity of Phytocannabinoids and...

UMD SSDP Alumni Justin Kander has recently published his extensive volume "Cannabis for the Treatment of Cancer: The Anticancer Activity of Phytocannabinoids and Endocannabinoids." It's now available as an ebook so go check it out!

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD from the cannabis plant have been shown in scientific studies to fight brain, breast, cervical, cholangiocarcinoma, colon, leukemia, liver, lung, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, prostate, pancreatic, rhabdomyosarcoma, skin, and other cancers. They directly kill cancer ce...

"A student, professor or staff member who uses marijuana to alleviate extreme pain should not be treated the same as som...
10/09/2015
Protect medical marijuana users

"A student, professor or staff member who uses marijuana to alleviate extreme pain should not be treated the same as somebody who’s just smoking for fun."

Great editorial about the need to create protections for medical marijuana patients on campus.

OUR VIEW: Marijuana decriminalization has led to fewer drug arrests, but the university’s medical marijuana policy is still out of date

UMD SSDP President speaks out about Maryland's developing medical marijuana program!
10/07/2015
Maryland prepares to make medical marijuana available

UMD SSDP President speaks out about Maryland's developing medical marijuana program!

Between Sept. 15 and Nov. 6, interested medical cannabis growers, processors or dispensers can apply for licenses with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

“Over the past several years, the tone of the discussion about incarceration has changed dramatically. We have come to t...
10/07/2015
Justice Department set to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release

“Over the past several years, the tone of the discussion about incarceration has changed dramatically. We have come to the realization that our punitive approach to drug crimes is not working and has produced significant injustices.”

The action, following sentencing reform, is part of an effort to reduce prison overcrowding.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table today. If you signed up for our list-serve then keep an eye out for our emai...
09/17/2015

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table today. If you signed up for our list-serve then keep an eye out for our email, should be sending one out real soon.
Pic of our awesome VP Hirbod with our chapter mascot. Also special thanks to our Alumni who came out to help.

Ready for round 2! Come find us at First Look Fair.
09/17/2015

Ready for round 2! Come find us at First Look Fair.

Come to the McKeldin Mall to say hi to the the officers of UMD SSDP and learn how you can take part in ending the war on...
09/16/2015

Come to the McKeldin Mall to say hi to the the officers of UMD SSDP and learn how you can take part in ending the war on drugs!

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION!Today is the last day for Early Bird registration for the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform C...
09/11/2015
International Drug Policy Reform Conference 2015

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION!
Today is the last day for Early Bird registration for the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference. Currently student registration is only $175 and will increase to $200 starting tomorrow. This conference is the best chance to learn about current drug policy issues, meet major players in the drug policy field, and network with other organizations. The conference is happening in DC so UMD students don't need to worry about airfare. If you are interested and want to know more message us or check out http://www.reformconference.org/

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference, November 18-21 in the Washington, D.C. area, brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good.

"In addition to saving 120 people from an HIV diagnosis, the program, which cost the city $1.3 million over two years, s...
09/08/2015
Washington D.C. Is Proof That Needle Exchanges Save Lives

"In addition to saving 120 people from an HIV diagnosis, the program, which cost the city $1.3 million over two years, saved an estimated $44.3 million in lifetime HIV costs those 120 patients would likely have incurred. It also opened the door for public health workers to reach at-risk people with other interventions, like distributing condoms and HIV tests. It connected 321 people to substance abuse treatment."

Washington, D.C. has a higher AIDS diagnosis rate than any U.S. state, with about 2.4 percent of residents living with HIV/AIDS. Just over 14 percent of those cases are linked to injection drug use. But

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UMD is the University of Maryland chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, an international non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to fighting back against the counterproductive War on Drugs. SSDP is a non-violent youth oriented organization that neither encourages nor condemns drug use. Rather, we seek to reduce the harms caused by drug abuse and drug policies. We believe that in order to protect the autonomy of individuals' minds, bodies and spirit, drug laws and policies must always respect personal choice and freedom so long as a person's actions do not infringe upon another's freedoms or safety. SSDP focuses on drug issues with the greatest impact on young people and underrepresented communities. We strive to achieve sustainable policies that foster civil rights, health and safety through the exploration of alternatives to our current Drug War.

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