Sam Tracy is currently a junior at the University of Connecticut, where he is majoring in Political Science and Sociology. Not knowing much about the War on Drugs before college, he joined the UConn chapter of SSDP in 2009, and became captivated with drug policy reform. Sam served as President of UConn SSDP during his sophomore year, during which UConn hosted the 2010 Northeast Regional Conference, elected over a dozen SSDPers to the UConn student government, and led successful campaigns for statewide marijuana decriminalization and Good Samaritan laws. While President of UConn SSDP, Sam ran for President of the Student Body on a platform that included reforming campus and state drug policies. He won by 32 votes, and during his term he expanded the student government’s student-run sober rides program and ran a successful campaign to equalize campus penalties for marijuana possession and underage drinking.
Sam was elected to the SSDP Board of Directors in March 2012, and serves as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. He is currently working to make SSDP a leader in the passage of marijuana legalization in Colorado, expand SSDP’s fundraising revenues, and help SSDPers take over their student governments. Sam is also working to pass medical marijuana and reform drug-free school zones in Connecticut. This summer, he will be working as an intern at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs in Washington, DC.
Penalties for marijuana possession now equal to underage drinking penalties
Posted on: February 1, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE STORRS, CT – Following a meeting with student government leaders on January 30, 2011, the University of Connecticut’s Office of Community Standards altered its penalties for students found in possession of small amounts of marijuana, equalizing the … more
Unconstitutional Drug Testing Sparks Student Involvement (Sam Walker)
Posted on: November 11, 2011
As our chapter prepares for the first ever Students for Sensible Drug Policy event on our campus, I reflect on the cause of events that sparked our motivation. This semester, Linn State Technical College demanded that every incoming student submit … more