George Washington University

Kellen Russoniello

Kellen Russoniello was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. During his time at Eastern Washington University, he developed a passion for drug abuse/addiction studies and drug law reform, and also interned with two different prevention service providers. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2009. That fall, he began pursuing his JD and MPH at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He graduated in the spring of 2013 as a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and Health Policy Chair’s Policy Scholar. At the end of his first year, he founded GW Law SSDP and served as president for two years. He joined the SSDP Board of Directors in March of 2012. Kellen has interned with the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the ACLU of Washington, and the Drug Policy Alliance. He drafted Good Samaritan legislation for the District of Columbia, which took effect in March of 2013. He is currently working with allies to educate DC residents about the law. Kellen also volunteered with Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, the District Record Sealing Service, and Street Law while a graduate student. His first publication, which focuses on decriminalization of drugs in Portugal and Mexico, was published in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics in the fall of 2012. Kellen plans to take the California Bar Exam and move to San Diego in the summer of 2013. Kellen is now the Health Policy Fellow at the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.


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Blog posts by Kellen


Announcing the AMPLIFY Your New Year’s Eve Contest

with Slightly Stoopid and Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Posted on: December 5, 2011

New Year’s Eve 2011 could be the last one before the end of the world, so spend it with Slightly Stoopid in Orlando, FL!   Enter the Slightly Stoopid + SSDP contest through our facebook page and you could win two tickets to see … more


Easy Star All Stars and Medical Marijuana

Musicians Help Spread the PA Medical Marijuana Message

Posted on: April 29, 2011

When Trevor Hosterman from West Chester SSDP volunteered to table the April 17th Easy Star All Stars/Cas Haley show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA, he had no idea he’d end up on stage with the band. ESAS and … more


Cas Haley joins AMPLIFY

AMPLIFY Artist Addition: Cas Haley

Posted on: March 12, 2011

SSDP’s AMPLIFY Project is proud to announce Cas Haley as our newest addition to the AMPLIFY artist family! We’re excited to add an artist that has proved determination, hard work, and good vibes can take you a long way (not … more


Volunteer at an SSDP AMPLIFY Show

Volunteer for an SSDP AMPLIFY show!

Posted on: January 27, 2011

Hey everybody,   A new year is upon us and hopefully all your chapters are starting to rock. With the new year comes lots of awesome opportunities to help spread the word about SSDP, and one of those ways is … more