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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Blog posts by Scott


Stigma, Addiction, & Recovery in Indonesia

Posted on: March 2, 2017

SSDP Outreach Coordinator Jake Agliata was in Indonesia from February 14 to February 25 as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the American Council for Young Political Leaders. This is the second of several blog posts that will … more


Introducing the Dean College Chapter!

Posted on: March 1, 2017

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest established SSDP chapter in Massachusetts, Dean College! Chapter leader Liam Devine has been working to set up the chapter for about a year now and finally got things up and running this semester. I … more


Getting Sensible in Indonesia

Posted on: February 16, 2017

SSDP Outreach Coordinator Jake Agliata is in Indonesia from February 14 to February 25 as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the American Council for Young Political Leaders. This is the first of several blog posts that will … more


SSDP Condemns Trump’s Executive Order on Immigrants and Refugees

Posted on: January 31, 2017

Last Friday’s decision by President Trump to halt all immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries has been met with fervent opposition by U.S. civil society. Notable were the thousands of people who protested at airports, the hundreds of lawyers volunteering their … more


Introducing the Syracuse University SSDP Chapter

Posted on: January 27, 2017

I’m thrilled to announce that we have a new SSDP chapter in New York at Syracuse University! I spoke with the chapter leader, Analise Sesay, about what they have accomplished so far and discussed their goals for the future. How … more


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