April 6, 2011 Special Meeting
Medical marijuana legislation has been introduced in Charleston. How can we make sure that bill passes?
Special guest speaker and West Virginia native Matt Simon is going to tell us!
He worked as a professional marijuana policy reform advocate on the New Hampshire Compassion campaign from 2007-2010. In 2009, he led grassroots, media relations, and lobbying efforts in support of a medical marijuana bill which passed the New Hampshire House and Senate, but was vetoed by the governor and unfortunately fell two votes short of becoming law.
Simon earned his M.A. in English from West Virginia University in 2002, and he taught composition classes as a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct faculty member at WVU from 1999-2003.
Join us this Wednesday to find out the latest on where the WV bill stands and what we can do to help!
When: March 17 – 19, 2011
Where: University of Maryland
Join us at the University of Maryland for our training conference and congressional lobby day March 17-19.
This hands on conference will provide students with everything they need to know about lobbying, running campaigns, campus organizing and much more. It’s not the typical SSDP conference! We’re focusing on helping our chapter members become even better activists and giving them the tools to manage long lasting chapters and run successful campaigns.
You will also attend a lobby training before meeting with your representatives in Washington, D.C. to discuss drug policy issues and legislation.
On November 13, I and eight other students from WVU’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapter attended the 2010 SSDP Midwest Regional Conference, held at Kent State University. We packed up and set out on the three hour trip to the infamous campus, where in 1970, four college students were shot and killed by the National Guard while protesting the United States’ presence in Vietnam.
The gravity of that situation is echoed today by the voices of those opposing the status quo. Drug policy reform is a necessary change in American society, and a change that will not come without struggle. Taking part in these SSDP conferences allows students from all over the nation to come together, share ideas, and build the strong activist networks that we need if we want to truly make a difference.
SSDP is a grassroots network of students that are concerned about the way the current drug policy is failing our nation. We neither condemn nor condone drug use. Our aim is to end the destructive “War on Drugs”. We realize that drug abuse is a very real and very serious problem. That being said, punishment and discrimination only make that problem worse. By participating in the political process, proposing legislation and pushing for sensible policies, we hope to change counterproductive drug policies that are directly harming students and youth.
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- Minutes 2/7/2012
- Minutes 1/31/12 and Tabling Reminder
- Meeting Minutes 1/24 Tabling Reminder
- In the Community
- Photos – “SSDP Conferences since 2010″
- New Meeting time Tuesday at 8:00 PM in Mountainlair Mountain Room
- First meeting Wednesday the first week of classes!
- Please fill out the meeting time survey to help us schedule our Fall semester meeting times.
- Fill out DPA Scholarship if you want to go!