So long and thanks for all the CATs


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

SSDP Welcomes the Quinnipiac University Chapter

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has a brand new chapter at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut! Chapter leaders Anthony Arcamone and Bryan Hargrove first contacted me about starting up a chapter a few months ago, and since then have been … more

Meet The Wets, the SSDP family band

by Nick Zettell '09, University of Michigan

This blog post is part of the SSDP Alumni Association spring membership drive series. Join us today!   As evidenced by Rachelle Yeung ’11 the SSDP network has an overwhelming sense of love, community and weird to offer its members. SSDP … more

Maddy’s SSDP Alumna Story

by Maddy McElwain '13, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. Okay, not always. And actually, not even when I first went to college. In fact, I wanted to be a news anchor, so I studied journalism. I desired to be an … more

May Monthly Mosaic: Mental Health and the Drug War

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May Monthly Mosaic Mental Health and the Drug War In 1980, there were 40,900 people incarcerated for drug offenses; by 2013, this number increased to 489,000. The vast majority of drug arrests are for possession, leaving the criminal justice system … more

Recovery and Reform: An alum’s journey back


by Kevin Franciotti '08, Northeastern University

Over seven years ago I co-founded the Northeastern University undergraduate chapter of SSDP. As a student in Boston during the 2008 election season, I was thrilled because also on the ballot that year was a vote on whether Massachusetts should … more

The SSDP Family: So impossibly good. So impossibly weird.

Alumni Association Membership Drive 2016

by Rachelle Yeung '11, University of Colorado School of Law

I didn’t join SSDP while I was in college. I hadn’t even heard of it until far too late into my senior year. If I hadn’t been turned down for an internship during my first year of law school, I … more

One Year Later: My Experience Transitioning from Student to Alumni Activism

by Emily Cotter '11, University of Rhode Island

It was almost one year ago exactly that I made that most anticipated walk, away from college and into the rest of my life. For me, like so many others, the bittersweet success of graduation was amplified by the thought … more

You Think That Excuse Stands?

A Kathryn Parker

Three Excuses for Not Joining the Alumni Association -- And Why They're Wrong

by A. Kathryn Parker ’06 I’ve heard every excuse in the book for not joining the Alumni Association. Most often, these excuses are flimsy at best. Here are the three excuses I hear too often, and why they’re wrong. “I … more

Kicking off our Alumni Association Spring Graduation Membership Drive

Alumni Association Membership Drive 2016

As the spring semester draws to a close, many students will be graduating and moving on from school to the next chapter of their lives. Being a part of an SSDP chapter is a defining part of many students’ college … more