Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

Eric SEric E. Sterling has been a funder and advisor to SSDP since 1999, and been on SSDP’s board of directors since 2004. He has been an attorney forty years, is active in several bar associations, and been part-time faculty at American University and George Washington University. He was a prominent student activist at Haverford College (’73) and Villanova Law School (’76). He was a public defender in the late 1970s. For nine years in the 1980s, he was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, responsible for drugs, gun control, pornography, money laundering, organized crime, and other issues.

He is Executive Director and co-founder of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation (1989), and co-founder and advisor of other drug policy reform organizations (MPP, FAMM). He is active in civic and community affairs, such as serving as past president of his local elementary school PTA. He is in his seventh year on the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council of Montgomery County, MD.  In 2013, he was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to a four-year term on the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. In 2015, he was presented with the NORML Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Blog posts by Eric


Why We’re Suing the NSA

SSDP's Role in the Lawsuit Against the NSA

Posted on: July 26, 2013

Dear SSDP Members, Last week, SSDP joined 18 other plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the NSA seeking to stop its surveillance of telephone and Internet communications of Verizon customers. You can read about the lawsuit here, and read the … more


SSDP confronts sole congressional voice against medical marijuana

Watch SSDP confront Frank Wolf (R-VA) about medical marijuana

Posted on: July 9, 2012

The American people overwhelmingly support medical marijuana. Nearly every time the voters have been asked to vote on medical marijuana, they have approved it. More than a half dozen state legislatures – from Hawaii to Maine – have passed medical … more


2012: A New Year for you in SSDP

SSDP Confronts Presidential Candidates!

Posted on: January 2, 2012

What might be the best way for you to START your year engaged in “sensible drug policy?” Come to the College Convention 2012 in Concord, NH, Jan. 3-6. 1. Directly question the leading candidates for President about drug policy! 2. … more


Today is Bill of Rights Day

What are you going to do about it?

Posted on: December 15, 2011

Friends, This morning as I was reading the newspapers thoroughly, as I usually do, the only mention that today is the 220th anniversary of the ratification of our Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, were large advertisements by … more