Meet 10 Students Changing Global Drug Policy Right Now

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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