Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Willamette Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy (Willamette LSSDP) became a recognized student organization in fall 2017. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students dedicated to developing sound drug policy that addresses the impact of drug abuse on our communities. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future. SSDP does this while fighting back against counterproductive policies — in particular, those that directly harm students and youth.

Prior Willamette SSDP members have testified in the legislature, campaigned for voter-led initiatives, helped create the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Section, and submitted amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court. We have developed contacts in both the private and public sector and invite all students who want to join our fast-growing network.

Fall 2020 Board

Chair of the Board
Brett Mulligan Email Brett
Director of Policy
Karmen Pacheco Email Karmen
Director of Finance
Julian Kanter Email Julian
Director of Recruiting
Nick Culp Email Nick
Director of Drug Education
Darius Fakharzadeh Email Darius
Director at Large
Mark Hansen Email Mark
Director at Large Makayla Maraganis Email Makayla
Director at Large Nathan Claus Email Nathan
Faculty Advisor
Susan Smith Email Prof. Smith

LSSDP Event 

Anthony Jonson speaks about Oregon Measure 110

Friday, August 28th @ 12:30pm
LSSDP, ACS, and MSLA invite you to LSSDP’s first event of the semester: 

Anthony Johnson, the chief petitioner of Oregon Measure 110, will be speaking about the measure and its importance for Oregon. Oregon Measure 110 is on the ballot in November and is one of the most progressive decriminalization measures in the U.S. Oregon Measure 110 is concerned with funding drug treatment and recovery programs with a part of the state’s cannabis tax revenue while decriminalizing the personal possession of controlled substances. Anthony Johnson was also the chief petitioner of the 2014 Measure 91 campaign that legalized adult-use cannabis in Oregon. 

In the interest of drug policy reform, this is a huge step in the right direction. Measure 110 would turn personal/non-commercial possession of a controlled substance into a Class E violation, which is just a small fine. Currently, personal/non-commercial possession of a controlled substance is classified as a Class A misdemeanor with the maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $6,250 fine. 

When: Friday, August 28th @ 12:30pm

Zoom Event Link:

LSSDP is also curious about how Willamette Law Students view drug policy. Please take our anonymous survey on drugs and drug policy. Your response is appreciated as it will decide some of our future events for the school year! It should only take about a minute of your time.

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