Scott CecilScott Cecil (’10) first became involved with SSDP when he co-founded the SSDP chapter at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in the spring of 2011, at that time the only chapter of SSDP in the state of Arizona. He was subsequently involved in helping to form SSDP chapters at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Mesa Community College. Scott has been heavily involved in local and state-wide drug policy reform efforts in Arizona, including lobbying for marijuana legalization/decriminalization and industrial hemp. He has also worked extensively to raise awareness about studying the efficacy of medicinal marijuana for treating U.S. combat veterans suffering from PTSD. He currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast and Southwest regions. Scott was born & raised in Omaha, Nebraska and spent much of his adult life in and around Phoenix, Arizona before relocating to Washington D.C. to work for SSDP.


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International Youth Convening Commences in Bangkok

Posted on: January 8, 2017

Bangkok is about to get hit with a heavy dose of sensibility. This week, 26 youth leaders from 21 different countries will be meeting in Bangkok, Thailand for the first ever International Youth Drug Strategies Convening. The goal of the … more


Recapping the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Posted on: November 18, 2016

  On November 5, 2016, approximately 35 SSDP students and alumni gathered in Washington, DC for the 2016 SSDP Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The event was a huge success despite some last minute logistical challenges and was a true testament to how … more


SSDP Welcomes the NYU Shanghai Chapter!

Posted on: October 24, 2016

The movement for sensible drug policy has officially spread into China! I’m thrilled to introduce everyone to the newest SSDP chapter at NYU Shanghai. I had a chance to meet with the students starting the chapter over the summer and … more


Introducing the Ithaca College SSDP Chapter!

Posted on: October 10, 2016

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has returned to Ithaca College! After being inactive for a couple of years, the chapter has been revived by TJ Horgan, a sophomore journalism major. After chatting with me a month ago he immediately … more


Recapping the 2016 SSDP Northeast Regional Conference

Posted on: October 6, 2016

SSDP’s first regional conference of the year was a huge success! A total of 57 students from chapters all over the Northeast Region gathered at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1st for a conference that emphasized coalition building … more



Introducing the First SSDP Chapter in Belgrade!

Posted on: September 21, 2016

I’m very happy to introduce you all to SSDP’s first chapter in Eastern Europe: SSDP Belgrade! They have had six meetings so far and have really hit the ground running the last few months. The chapter has some exciting plans … more


SSDP Welcomes the SUNY Albany Graduate School Chapter!

Posted on: September 12, 2016

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter in New York at SUNY Albany Graduate School! Over the past year, the SUNY Albany SSDP chapter has been among the most efficient and active chapters in the entire network. Several of … more


The Need for Drug Policy Reform in Ghana and West Africa

Posted on: August 14, 2016

By Isaiah Adegoke Jnr, a member of SSDP Ghana and a Fellow at the 3rd West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy. The 3rd Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy in West Africa, hosted from … more


Rodrigo Duterte: Learn from the Failures of Mexico’s Drug War

Posted on: August 9, 2016

Written by Chris Kent Lopez, an SSDP alum from the University of California Berkeley. Check out more of his writing on his personal blog, Reflexiones Sobre Nuestra America.  Presidential candidates in countries torn by drug production and trafficking win executive power by … more