CSSDP’s conference began like all good conferences that discuss touchy topics do, with lively discussion. CSSDP’s 7th Annual National Conference on drug policy is our best attended, and not just in terms of the amount of people in seats. The discussion went into deep and personal stories from the audience on their personal usage with substances, and ultimately set the tone for the rest of the conference; everyone has a strong opinion on what the world of drug policy should look like, and in a world where we are so often left holding our signs in silence, a bit of protest is justified.
This weekend Canadian Students For Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) will be hosting its 7th Annual National Conference, “A Rising Revolution: Drug Policy Reform Around the Globe,” from Friday February 27 to Sunday March 1, 2015 at University of Toronto. As the only drug policy reform conference in Canada, “A Rising Revolution” will bring together international drug policy experts to share insights into the future of drug policy in Canada and around the world. According to Donald MacPherson, Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, “It is clear that drug policy is at a tipping point for reasons that have become clear over the past few years. Current approaches are ineffective, costly, unsustainable and in fact cause significant harm. The shift from the war on drugs to an approach that embraces health and social responses to drug problems is well underway globally. Canada could be a leader in this area.” CSSDP Outreach Director Lisa Campbell emphasized, “with drug policy reforms occurring globally, the time is now to engage youth in a national dialogue on the future of drug policy in Canada.” The conference will focus on public health approaches to drug policy including cannabis legalization and harm reduction.