September 2020 Report Card

As Students for Sensible Drug Policy is dedicated to making sure that young people from across the world are at the center of drug policy reform, over the last month we have rolled out some exciting new program changes.

Alongside opening our International Office in Vienna in September, on October 1st, Róisín Downes ‘15 and Orsi Feher ‘16 signed the founding documents of our new daughter organization SSDP International. This historic move will allow us to access new funding streams outside of the US and better support regional initiatives and allow for greater decision-making opportunities for our international members. SSDP’s International Network is growing fast with chapter’s opening in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, and London in September. If you would like to support the efforts of our Global Network, please donate to the International Activities Fund.

In September, we announced our United States Policy Council. The U.S. Policy Council is comprised of SSDP alumni, staff, board and youth members who have committed to advance SSDP’s policy agenda through providing analysis, resources, and mentorship to SSDP chapter members. The U.S. Policy Council will become SSDP’s member-driven policy arm on U.S. policy issues, which supports members in advocacy from the campus to the federal level. Policy Council members will lead the work on our issue groups, which will create, update, and maintain our campaign resources, including our public toolkits.

Following the many months of turmoil and breaches of human rights in Belarus, we stand in support of the people of Belarus, if you would like to know how to take action or get informed please read our statement. SSDP’s International Organizing Committee has released a series of member highlights, which you will find posted weekly on our social media, alongside a series of country highlights, the first of which was written by Jacob Chagnon ‘18 on Lebanon. This committee is dedicated to strengthening our international network and supporting our members from across the world, if you’re interested in joining, email

Action Alerts 

New Activists and Chapters

  • Kalamazoo College (US)
  • Los Angeles Community College (US)
  • Oregon State University Cascades (US)
  • SSDP Rwanda 
  • SSDP King’s College London
  • SSDP Burundi
  • SSDP Kenya
  • Texas State University (US)
  • University of Central Florida (US)
  • Vermont Law School (US)
  • Western Washington University (US)


Network highlights

  • SSDP Israel is running a series of lectures sensitizing social workers on the needs and experiences of People Who Use Drugs
  • SSDP Israel working with the Israeli Ministry of Education developing a drug education program for 15-18 year olds
  • Missoula SSDP's Good Samaritan Policy Student Government resolution has six sponsors, including the director of University of Montana Housing.

SSDP in the news

From the blog

Upcoming events and days of action

These events include those which are hosted by SSDP global, or by SSDP chapters, or in which we are partners or co-hosts, or feature an SSDP member as a speaker. If your chapter is hosting an event that you’d like listed, please let your SSDP staff member know. Check the “Member discounts & givebacks” section for event discount codes!

  • Ongoing | Online | HIV2020
  • October 8-11 |New York City, NY, USA and Online | Horizons 2020
  • October 8-16 | Vienna, Austria & Online | 63rd Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 2nd Thematic Intersessional (discussion topics: Cannabis Rescheduling & Health)
  • October 14-19 | Online | Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum 2020 
  • November 1 |World Wide | International Drug Users Day of Remembrance
  • November 25 |World Wide |International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • December 1 |World Wide | World AIDS Day
  • December 1 | Online | Asamblea Internacional Cannabica with Luis Montoya ‘16, Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch ‘09, PsyD, and Jason Ortiz ‘09 
  • December 10 | World Wide | International Human Rights Day
  • February 20th, 2021 | Online | Thank You Plant Medicine
  • April 17, 2021 | Washington, DC, USA | National Cannabis Festival

Recommended reading and resources

Member discounts & givebacks

  • Dip Devices’ Dipper - Get 15% off and give 15% to us with code “SSDP”
  • Dip Devices’ EVRI - 1% of all sales go to SSDP & MPP 
  • Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum 2020 - Get 20% off registration with discount code “SSDP20”
  • Asamblea Internacional Cannabica - Use the discount code “SSDP10” to bring registration down to $10
  • Gift your credit card rewards to SSDP with Charity Charge 
  • Find your next employee with H2 Talent & a portion of your fees will be donated
  • Get books from our Recommended Reading list and give back at the same time
  • Shop to give back with iGive, Giving Assistant, and Amazon Smile

Jobs and opportunities