World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back This past Tuesday, July 28th, over 200 organizations around the world commemorated World Hepatitis Day by hosting events and campaigns, doing public outreach, and raising awareness about the often misunderstood viruses. Over 400 million people...
Test It Before You Ingest It

Test It Before You Ingest It

Hilary Agro How do you know that what’s in a wine bottle is actually wine? Well, unless you bought it in a used plastic bottle from a guy at an abandoned construction site who wouldn’t tell you his name, you know it’s wine because it’s...
Drug Users Memorial Day

Drug Users Memorial Day

Kelly Pflug-Back The facts are in: Ontario is officially suffering from an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, and has been for at least the past 15 years. According to the Prescription for Life report, which was released by the Municipal Drug Strategy...
Extract Trial Update

Extract Trial Update

Patients Weigh in on the Extract Trial Kelly Pflug-Back  On June 11th 2015, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of legalizing medical cannabis in all forms. The ruling was unanimous, meaning that all seven judges on the panel agreed with this decision. Previously,...
Evolve Devolving as Insurance Company Pulls Support

Evolve Devolving as Insurance Company Pulls Support

Alex Betsos In a stunning article from the CBC yesterday, those of us that work in harm reduction and drug policy dropped our jaws in utter excitement at the prospect that Evolve Music Festival in Nova Scotia was offering testing kits to partygoers. This was a big...
Supervised injection sites save lives and money

Supervised injection sites save lives and money

Kyle Sittek-Lumsden In today’s world, should it really be a radical notion that drug users deserve the same health rights as people who do not use?  When it comes to drug use, prejudice and emotion often trump undeniably beneficial, evidence-based policy.  Contrary to...
Toronto does #supportdontpunish

Toronto does #supportdontpunish

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back Last Friday, June 26, over fifty Torontonians gathered for the city’s first Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action. Over the past three years, the number of cities participating has nearly quadrupled, spreading from 41 cities in 2013,...
#supportdontpunish

#supportdontpunish

On June 26, citizens in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa will join thousands of activists in more than 150 cities around the world to protest harmful drug laws that fuel public health crises and human rights violations. The Support Don’t Punish: Global Day of Action...
Bill 45: Barring Healthier Choices

Bill 45: Barring Healthier Choices

Dessy Pavlova On May 26 2015, the Ontario government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act. Hiding behind the facade of helping families make healthier food choices, the bill focuses on banning electronic cigarettes, which includes vaporizers as well as flavoured...
Support. Don’t Punish

Support. Don’t Punish

10 Ways to Make a Difference Kelly Rose Pflug-Back Voir plus bas pour la version française June 26th is the National Day of Action for Support. Don’t Punish (SDP)!   SDP is a global campaign to end the abuse, stigmatization, torture, imprisonment, and killing of...
Defend Dispensaries

Defend Dispensaries

Dessy Pavlova Today kicks off the first day of Sensible BC’s Week of Action, May 11-15. Health Minister Rona Ambrose is demanding that the City of Vancouver raid and lay charges against all marijuana dispensaries, rather than regulate the dispensaries as planned....
High Level Debate

High Level Debate

Lisa Campbell The irony of having a “high” level debate on drug policy escaped no one, except maybe the member states present at the United Nations General Assembly last Thursday May 7th. The High Level Thematic Debate (HLTD) on the 2016 Special Session on the World...
#IHRD15 at the UN

#IHRD15 at the UN

Lisa Campbell On International Harm Reduction Day the UN General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on Drugs begins an international dialog leading up to UNGASS 2016. While most member states can agree that the so-called war on drugs is not achieving its original...
Debating Drugs

Debating Drugs

CSSDP will be attending the UN General Assembly for the first time for a high-level thematic debate towards the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), scheduled for April 2016. UNGASS is only a year away, and represents a potential...
Global Marijuana March

Global Marijuana March

Daniel Greig Spirits were high at the 17th Global Marijuana March in Queens Park in Toronto. The gathering marks an end to the “High Holidays”, which unofficially began on April 20th at Dundas Square for 420. This year’s march was a first for me and in spite of the...

CSSDP is Hiring!

Summer Intern Community Organizing and Outreach Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy Number of positions: 1 Duration: 30hrs/week for 8 weeks beginning as soon as possible Wage: $11.25/hr Supervisor: Outreach Director Location: Toronto, ON Posting Date: Thursday,...
420 Toronto

420 Toronto

Dessy Pavlova 420 in Toronto was a happy, high gathering of thousands, but the true meaning behind the protest didn’t fade away with the smoke. Despite the haze, it was a clear picture why we need to reform drug policy in Canada and around the Globe! CSSDP Toronto...
420 Brantford

420 Brantford

Nick James Alvernaz I am a member of an amazing group called the Brantford Cannabis Club (BCC), which is focused on the community and changing the stigma around cannabis consumers. We also have a small group called the “Lazy Stoners: which is dedicated to...
420 Vancouver

420 Vancouver

Christine Coulter  April 20 in Vancouver was a beautiful day; Mother Nature gave the 20,000+ in attendance the perfect weather to rally against unjust and unethical governmental policies in place against marijuana use. The vibes were positive and the crowd was just as...
Montreal 420 Rally

Montreal 420 Rally

Gonzo Nieto Montreal’s 420 rally took place at Mount Royal Park, a large park west of downtown Montreal that hosts hundreds on sunny weekends. As the day began with rain and wind, the crowd was slow to gather. By 2:30 pm, about 60 people had gathered close to the...
Bill 45

Bill 45

Ontario’s Bill 45 poses threat to medical cannabis patients & vapor lounges Gonzo Nieto An Ontario legislative committee is currently considering Bill 45, a piece of legislation whose stated purpose is to enhance public health. However, a close reading of the...
420 Blog Series

420 Blog Series

On April 20, cannabis users across Canada and around the world will be celebrating 420, challenging the stigma around cannabis and fighting for drug policy reform. Once again, CSSDP is hosting the 420 Blog Series to report and reflect on 420 festivities. CSSDP members...
420 Canada

420 Canada

OTTAWA, April 16th, 2015 – On Monday across the nation, Canadians from 41 communities are boldly showing their pride as cannabis consumers by publicly demonstrating the prohibition of cannabis, colloquially known as 420. Hundreds of thousands are expected to...