Listen to youth when developing youth drug policy

On January 31st, 2017, CSSDP chair Dessy Pavlova presented on the First, Do Less Harm: The Future of Drug Policy in Canada panel on why youth should be included in developing youth drug policies.

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An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Three)

What are some local examples that show the positive impacts of harm reduction? There’s an organization in Montreal called Group de recherche et d’intervention psychosociale (GRIP). They are a francophone harm reduction group based on Montreal with whom I...
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An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Two)

What is your perspective on the theory of harm reduction as a philosophy? Harm reduction works from the perspective that you should meet people where they are rather than tell people what to do or not do. The reality is people will use drugs. If you solely tell...
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Psychological dependence and Classical conditioning: Salvador Dalí said that everybody should try Hashish, but only once. This sentence summarizes society’s fear towards drugs. People are afraid of drugs, but mostly, we are afraid of ourselves. We are afraid of not...

Listen to youth when developing youth drug policy

On January 31st, 2017, CSSDP chair Dessy Pavlova presented on the First, Do Less Harm: The Future of Drug Policy in Canada panel on why youth should be included in developing youth drug policies.

The New Alcohol Sales Policies will Increase Harm in Ontario

The current provincial government of Ontario is implementing a policy to sell alcohol in over 300 new outlets in Ontario over the next few years. This will largely include selling wine and beer in grocery stores. The plan is part of the liberal government’s intention...

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Three)

What are some local examples that show the positive impacts of harm reduction? There’s an organization in Montreal called Group de recherche et d’intervention psychosociale (GRIP). They are a francophone harm reduction group based on Montreal with whom I have...

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Two)

What is your perspective on the theory of harm reduction as a philosophy? Harm reduction works from the perspective that you should meet people where they are rather than tell people what to do or not do. The reality is people will use drugs. If you solely tell people...

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part One)

How did you become interested in being involved in drug policy in Canada? My interest with drug policy began with my own use, which started with cannabis as a teen. A lot of my peers were using drugs, both in high school and university. That all began to get me...

Leaders in Drug Policy: Introduction

Politics is “context” created by individuals and structures within society, in both formal and informal institutions. Context is defined as, “the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and...

Legalizing Cannabis: Lessons for Canada

Canada has set a deadline for legalizing cannabis. By spring 2017, the substance will be available for recreational use. During the summer, the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, on behalf of the Liberal government, unveiled the Task Force for Marijuana...

A Story of Overdose

CSSDP board member Dessy Pavlova tells her personal story of overdose and harm reduction on International Overdose Awareness Day.

Position Statement: Stop Raiding Dispensaries!

Dispensaries in Canada continue to fill a void in access to medical cannabis, engaging in this act of civil disobedience for almost 20 years. On Wednesday, August 10th, Toronto police conducted a continuation of the Project Claudia raids on several more dispensaries,...

Support. Don’t Punish: Contact Your MPP

Write your MPP to tell them why Support. Don’t Punish. is important! You can download our printable PDF or doc email templates, or copy and paste the email below. Find your MPP and help them understand the youth voice and sensible drug policy! Dear...

SSDP 2016 Conference: An Overview

Board member Kyle Lumsden talks about his experiences attending the 2016 Students for Sensible Drug Policy conference in Washington, DC.

#PsychedelicsBecause

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is proud to partner with Psymposia for the #PsychedelicsBecause campaign. Psymposia, a group of collaborative social activism projects based on psychedelics, plants, and policy, brought forward this campaign with the...

The Road to UNGASS

Michelle Thiessen This year’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) annual conference in Washington, D.C. occurred the weekend before the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, so some sessions were in preparation for this high-level...

Légalisation du cannabis: la lumière au bout du tunnel?

Au fil des quatre dernières décénies, nombre de politiciens ont martelé un discours pronant que la prohibition tiendrait les drogues loin de la portée des jeunes. Cependant, comme nous avons pu l’observer, la situation inverse s’est produite et les taux d’usage de substances illicites sont plus hauts que jamais.

UNGASS: An Overview

It was a week of high hopes at the UN with Canadian Minister of Health Jane Philpott’s announcement of the country’s plan to legalize cannabis in Spring 2017. The Minister’s statement also focused on safe injection sites, naloxone distribution, support for people who use drugs, and harm reduction practices.

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