Meet 10 Students Changing Global Drug Policy Right Now

The founding of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), one of the nation’s most influential drug policy reform groups, reads like a movie script. In 1997, Shea Gunther, a student atRochester Institute of Technology (RIT), attemptedto formthe first official student organization dedicated to fighting the war on drugs. RIT not only denied the request; the school ultimately expelled Gunther. The following year Gunther and other activists met at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and formed what would become SSDP.

Over the past 19 years, the group has been a driving force behind policy changes both on campus and in state legislatures. It’s also raised a generation of policy reformers and political leaders. Alums include Shaleen Title, co-founder of THC Staffing Group and co-author of the Massachusetts cannabis legalization measure that passed last November; Kat Murti, digital outreach manager at the Cato Institute; Amanda Reiman, California policy manager for the Drug Policy...

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