Executive Director

Betty Aldworth

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Betty Aldworth joined the SSDP team in February 2014 as Executive Director. In 2012, Betty was the spokesperson and advocacy director for Colorado’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the first to make marijuana legal for adult use. She served as deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association in 2013, where she was responsible for developing NCIA’s then-nascent educational programming and framing the national conversation about the marijuana industry. In 2014, she became executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the international network of more than 3,000 students dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. Prior to her work in cannabis and drug policy, Betty spent a decade motivating and engaging volunteers as a nonprofit leadership professional in Denver, CO.


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Blog posts by Betty

So long and thanks for all the CATs

Posted on: May 26, 2016

In 2012, I was running the field for Colorado’s Amendment 64 campaign when I was first introduced to Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Drew, the quietly subversive outreach director tasked with mobilizing students on the ground and across the … more

We have no sense of the impossible

Posted on: December 23, 2015

We just got big news, and wanted to share it with you right away: a long-time friend of SSDP would like to make a generous gift of $25,000 on December 31, but she doesn’t want to do it alone! So … more

Protect students like Rachel, Andrew, and “Joe”

Posted on: December 8, 2015

Last Sunday, 60 Minutes aired an investigation of the use of young people as confidential informants featuring the story of SSDP alumna Rachel Hoffman. Frequently, young people who are busted for minor drug offenses are pressured in to becoming informants without the … more

Oh, Ohio

Posted on: November 3, 2015

Following an intense and deeply thoughtful debate this summer, Students for Sensible Drug Policy opted to remain neutral on Ohio’s Issue 3, the wildly controversial ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for adult and medical use in Ohio in 2015. The … more

Back to School, Sensibly

Posted on: September 16, 2015

This month, more than 250 Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters are reconvening after a summer off. Nearly 4,000 student members are recruiting new advocates and developing strategies to bring more sensible drug policies to their communities in 2015-2016. We’re proud … more

Launching phase 1 of our Career Services Program

Add an SSDP intern to your team this summer.

Posted on: April 24, 2015

Since the day we announced I’d be the new executive director at SSDP, people have been asking me how they can tap into our amazing student network to find passionate, dedicated, proven new employees and interns. After a year of … more

Thanks to you, the Campus Campaign is launching in June

Posted on: March 1, 2015

It’s late, but we wanted to let you know right away, because: WOW! The SSDP family really came through on this one. Thanks to you, a committed donor from California will be matching the first $50,000 you gave to support the 2015-2016 … more

Let's Be Sensible About MDMA

Posted on: February 27, 2015

From the Huffington Post: Every weekend across the U.S., 21 million college students make choices about how they are going to party. Will it be a sober night, or will they choose to consume alcohol or another drug of unknown … more

Regarding the incident at Wesleyan University

Posted on: February 25, 2015

With regard to the incident at Wesleyan University, Students for Sensible Drug Policy declines to comment on the ongoing criminal investigation. The Wesleyan chapter of SSDP was re-established in 2013 by Andrew Olson, who is its current co-president along with … more

Vilmarie, SSDP, and Mental Health Services

Posted on: December 23, 2014

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Board of Directors is comprised of some of the brightest, most dedicated young drug policy reformers in the world. They share a commitment to ending the War on Drugs, but each of them goes about … more