In 1998, a few dozen students who had been chatting online became the first cohort of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. They were members of the DARE generation who understood the broad failures of the drug war; they sought each other out to raise their voices against a broken system and start making sense.
Since that time, we’ve expanded our presence to more than 300 campuses in 32 countries and have mobilized tens of thousands of young people to advocate for a more sensible approach to drug laws. Countless policy reforms led or supported by SSDPers now protect people from punishment if they call for help during an overdose, help people education regardless of drug citations, and provide safe access to cannabis for adult or medical use.
We invite you to explore our history and significant milestones since our inception.
Marijuana Today recorded a special podcast episode at SSDP2014, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy International Conference.
Featuring Stacia Cosner ‘05, Shaleen Title ‘02, Shea Gunther ‘98, Shawn Heller ‘98, Dan Goldman ‘99 and Kris Krane ‘98 joined by host Kris Lotlikar ‘98, the panel discussed how they each became involved in SSDP as they relayed the history of the student organization that has been successfully working to end the Drug War for over 17 years.