Students for Sensible Drug Policy

80,654 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 2 petitions

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
46,032 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
34,622 supporters