Students for Sensible Drug Policy

80,856 Supporters

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s 4000 student members advocate for replacing the disastrous war on drugs with policies rooted in evidence, compassion, and justice. We mobilize on 300 campuses around the globe to make change from the campus to the UN because the war on drugs is a war on us.

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.

SSDP neither condones nor condemns drug use, rather we respect the right of individuals to make decisions about their own health and well-being. We encourage honest conversation about the realities of the drug war. We promote youth civic engagement as a critical tool in reforming drug policy. SSDP respects the diverse experiences and identities of our constituents. We develop leaders who advocate for policy changes based on justice, liberty, compassion and reason. 

Started 3 petitions

Petitioning John Kerry, US State Department

US State Department: Stop Funding State Sponsored Murder in the Philippines

During a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on Wednesday, July 27, US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $32 million in security aid to the Philippines. While there is no specific information on what programs would be funded by the US, one of the main topics of the meeting between Kerry and Duterte was the intensified law enforcement efforts against drug traffickers and users in the Philippines that have left over 700 people dead since May 10th. The news of this aid package not only signifies U.S. tolerance for the human rights abuses facilitated by the Duterte administration but makes the U.S. a direct funder of state-sponsored murder. President Duterte came into power in May with a platform that called for cracking down on drug trafficking in the Philippines and has delivered on that promise since taking office. He has called for citizens, police, and even the Communist-led New People’s Army to take to the streets and kill suspected drug users and dealers, promising them protection from legal consequences. In addition to the many who have already lost their lives to the crackdown, over 60,000 additional people have turned themselves into authorities in fear for their lives should they be caught selling or using drugs. This approach deviates from the agreements reached in April’s United Nations Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). The UNGASS outcome document calls for UN member states to “prevent any possible acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, in accordance with domestic legislation and applicable international law.” The Duterte administration's actions have violated both the consensus reached at UNGASS and its human rights obligations.   This is not the only occurrence of the United States directly sponsoring drug-related human rights abuses. In addition to the Philippines, the U.S. offers millions of dollars in annual security aid to countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, and Iran that regularly utilize the death penalty as punishment for nonviolent drug offenders. In addition, the U.S. offers hundreds of millions of dollars to Honduras for international narcotics control and law enforcement, money which is used by the state to silence and murder activists like Berta Cáceres. While the Obama administration has made it very clear they would like to see a new approach to drugs grounded in science and tolerance at home, they have not made the same commitment abroad. If President Obama, John Kerry, and the U.S. State Department are serious about global human rights, they will halt this aid package to the Philippines and all other states who use U.S. funding to violate human rights.  

Students for Sensible Drug Policy
106 supporters
Petitioning GOP Candidates

Debate Marijuana Policy

In less than one year of legalizing and taxing marijuana, Colorado received nearly $70 million in tax revenue. And much of this money is going to school construction projects. In the first five months of 2015 we brought in $13.6 million for schools -- more than we did in all of 2014.To put that in perspective, over the same amount of time, the state only raised about $42 million from taxes on alcohol. Since regulating marijuana, Colorado has freed police resources to focus on real crimes, created thousands of jobs, increased tax revenue for schools, and saw no increase in marijuana use among young people. As our Governor John Hickenlooper put it, “The people who were smoking marijuana before legalization still are. Now, they’re paying taxes.”We’re students at the University of Colorado Boulder, where the next Republican Presidential Debate will be held in October. This debate will be focused on the economy, so we’re calling on the candidates to discuss how they would let states like Colorado continue to decide their own policies on marijuana legalization, which we’ve proven is good for our economy.While a question about legalization was asked during the last debate, it wasn’t answered seriously by many candidates and did not address the impact legalization has on state economies. Four states now regulate marijuana like alcohol, and a handful of others are expected to in 2016.On most issues, Republicans agree that states should be able to determine their own laws -- yet when it comes to marijuana policies they often flip-flop. The differences between state and federal marijuana laws has a negative impact on state’s rights so we want to know if the candidates would support a change in federal law so that businesses and individuals in compliance with state laws are not violating federal law.Please sign our petition to call for a real debate on marijuana policy and the economy!

Students for Sensible Drug Policy
46,108 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Pass the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

Until 1974 it was common for boys and girls in the juvenile justice system to be placed in cells with adults, subjecting them to both physical and sexual assaults. Children were put in jail for minor acts like truancy or running away from home. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) changed that by setting standards for juvenile justice systems at the state and local levels and making the justice system more fair for young people. The JJDPA is up for reauthorization and includes signficant improvements to the law that will continue to protect young people in juvenille justice systems throughout the country by providing direct funding for research, training, technical assistance, and evaluation. This reauthorization will help improve many of the key areas of juvenile justice, such as reducing the placement of youth in adult jails, decreasing racial and ethnic disparities, and promoting alternatives to incarceration.  Please sign our petition asking Congress to pass the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. 

Students for Sensible Drug Policy
34,642 supporters