SSDP2017 is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors and scholarship funders.

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SSDP2017 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters to Portland, Oregon March 24-26 for our annual gathering featuring:

  • Educational programming. The core conference program will include prominent keynote speakers and panels addressing the hottest topics in policy, harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy.
  • Awards Ceremony + Dance Party. SSDP recognizes outstanding network members with an annual awards ceremony followed by a dance party.
  • Student Congress. Our annual student board member election and governing resolution process invites all SSDP members to participate in defining their SSDP.
  • And more. An alumni gathering, regional meetups, networking meals, and other events offer nearly non-stop opportunities to connect with advocates and leaders of the drug policy reform movement!

Hotel booking is available now at the Red Lion Hotel on the River through this link.

Session proposals may be submitted online.

Previous Conferences

To get a sense of what’s in store for SSDP2017, check out these videos for highlights and content from our recent conferences.


We asked attendees at SSDP2014 if there was anything else they’d like to share after their experience. Here’s what they said:

“This conference attracted the nicest, most passionate, down to earth people I’ve ever met. I made friends for a lifetime while gaining skills I know I’ll use to change the world. It. Was. Awesome.”


“I think that it is worth noting the amazing and brilliant atmosphere that the SSDP team helped to create. Everyone that I have talked to is still buzzing with energy. This was life changing for many people and I can’t wait to see the ripple effects of the aftermath as they go out and turn into some very real change. Personally, SSDP has deeply and fundamentally changed my life. This conference reminded me of exactly how powerful this unique organization is in that regard. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”


“So much I’d love to share, but the most important things are experiences we’ve already shared together. I will be an SSDP supporter for life and am inspired by the incredible alumni and students around me to be the best I can to make the world a little more sensible.”


“I had the time of my life, I met so many people that shared similar values and care about changing our society for the better”


“It’s always so good to see old friends and make new ones. SSDPers are the best people on earth.”


“Met great friends. Saw so much potential in this movement. Saw so much potential for after graduation. I love the free-spirit, intellectual crowd.”


“The experience gets better every time, I love my SSDP family!”

Make a gift to the SSDP2017 Scholarship Fund and help more students attend this transformative conference!