Students for Sensible Drug Policy
“Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.” — http://ssdp.org/about/
Founded in 1998, the SSDP membership consists of students from across the globe who believe that the war on drugs has failed. Using collective knowledge, students from all across the United States contribute their ideas and innovative techniques that they have used to educate their communities. Justice, liberty, compassion and reason are what drive SSDP’s young members as they advocate for a more sensible drug policy that works in favor for the community, not against it. Any student is invited to become a member and spread the vision for sensible drug policies and reform to the youth of the world — so that the next generation of students can become educated on the issue.
The SSDP website features a blog, campaigns that they support, charts, events and ideas on how to contribute to and take action to become a community advocate. They are committed to helping the community at large, taking bold steps towards building a larger network to spread the wealth of knowledge they’ve collected.
Included on their website is a “DrugSense Drug War Clock” that shows in real time the amount of money both state and federal government has spent so far this year on prohibition. It also lists the total drug/Cannabis arrests. SSDP does not condone nor condemn drug use. They identify and respect the rights of the individual, including their belief that every person should make their own decisions concerning their health and well-being.
SSDP legally consists of two branches – Students for Sensible Drug Policy Foundation and Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Inc. The former participates in outreach and education and its contributions are not tax-deductible, however, contributions to SSDP Foundation are.