At a Glance

Schedule is subject to significant change, please check this page for frequent updates. All events take place at the Red Lion Hotel on the River unless otherwise stated.


FRIDAY: 03.24.2017

5:00pm – 8:00pm Registration
6:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
8:00pm – 10:00pm Congress I (students only)
8:00pm – 10:00pm Alumni gathering

SATURDAY: 03.25.2017

9:00am – 6:00pm Registration, Exhibitor Hall Open
9:00am – 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am – 10:15am Keynote: Awesome Electeds! Advancing drug policy reform from elected office
10:30am – 11:30am Breakout Sessions (4)

  • SSDPers on the Front Lines: When empathy becomes activism
  • West African Perspectives on Drug Use and Policy
  • Beyond Legalization: Ensuring sensible marijuana policy
  • A New Look into Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)
11:45am – 12:45pm Breakout Sessions (4)
  • Activist Self-Care Workshop
  • Rural Landscapes in Drug Policy Reform
  • A Feminist Critique of the Drug War
  • Staying Woke: Ally-ship, racial politics, and collateral consequences of the drug war
1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch + Congress II
2:45pm – 3:45pm Breakout sessions (5)
  • Abstinence, Recovery, Stigma, and the Drug Policy Reform Movement
  • Developing a Global Youth Coalition around Drug Policy for 2019
  • Taking Action on State and Local Campaigns
  • SSDP Just Say Know Peer Education Training
  • Developing a Global Youth Coalition around Drug Policy for 2019
4:00pm – 5:00pm Breakout sessions (4)
  • Fundraising for Change
  • Sex and Drug (Policies) are Great Together: Building critical alliances between sex worker and drug user activists
  • The Future of Psychedelic Law & Policy: Past, present, and beyond
  • The Globalized Environmental Impacts of Drug Prohibition
5:15pm – 5:45pm Plenary: Lived Experiences: Stories from the other side of the War on Drugs
8:00pm – 9:00pm Awards ceremony doors open + cash bar
8:30pm – 9:30pm  Awards ceremony
9:30pm – 1:00am Live music featuring The Wets and The Resinators, dance party, cash bar 

SUNDAY: 03.26.2017

9:00am – 6:00pm Registration, Exhibitor Hall Open
9:00am – 9:30am Breakfast with Eric Sterling, SSDP’s Fairy Godfather
9:30am – 10:15am Plenary: Inspiration from the Home of Harm Reduction
10:30am – 11:30am Breakout Sessions (4)

  • Expungements, Sealing, and Clemency: Learning the options for clearing up criminal records
  • The War on Families: Who else is the drug war hurting?
  • Contemporary Campus Harm Reduction
  • Drug Policy Reform in the Global South: Options, new approaches, and experiences
11:45am – 12:45pm Breakout Sessions (5)
  • We’re All In This Together: Bridging political divides & ending the war on drugs
  • Mechanisms of Psychedelic Psychotherapy
  • Online Organizing in the Surveillance Age – Presented by Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Going Global: Becoming an effective advocate for international issues
  • Legal Observer Training – Hosted by the National Lawyers Guild
1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch + Networking

2:45pm – 3:45pm Breakout sessions (5)
  • “I’m Done with School. Now What?” Staying Involved After College
  • Psychedelic Harm Reduction
  • Eradicating the Compound Stigmatization of the LGBTQ Community and Drug Use
  • Creating a Culture of “Test Before You Ingest”
  • Tools for Change: Using strategic litigation for drug policy reform
4:00pm – 5:00pm Breakout sessions (4)
  • The Stigma Surrounding People Who Inject Drugs
  • They Said What?? Crafting The Right Message for Your Audience
  • The Activists’ Toolkit: How to make direct actions count
  • Drugs & Indigenous Cultures: An anthropological history

5:15pm – 5:45pm DARE Keynote: When Dehumanization and Scapegoating Turns Deadly: President Duterte and the drug war in the Philippines
5:45pm – 6:15pm Closing Ceremonies