In brief, how did you get involved with Canadian drug policy?
My original interest in drug policy stemmed from personal experiences. Following these, I became interested in the policies and history of the reasons for these substances being illegal, and seeing things that could be done about prohibition. So, I joined CSSDP.
I joined the McGill chapter last September. Andrew and Nancy, two of the McGill chapter members, were starting the McGill chapter and I became involved with it. Then, in December of 2015, I joined the board of directors.
What tasks and responsibilities come with being on the board of directors ?
In addition to serving on the board of directors, I am the international representative for the organization. I communicate with other youth drug policy organizations around the world, e.g. Students for Sensible Drug Policy. We are planning an NGO training with different drug policy organizations. It will be in Thailand. We would acquire training in drug policy related issues and fundraising strategies.
As a CSSDP board member, I have been a representative of CSSDP at the Youth-focused Drug Policy conference. I was also a representative for CSSDP for a consultation held by the Canadian government for the Centre on Substance Abuse too.
The Canadian Government was attempting to inform Canadian drug policies. In general, my role in CSSDP is to provide representation for the organization itself. I have to find opportunities and guide the future acts of the organization.
What do you consider the core principle of CSSDP?
The unique aspect of CSSDP in contrast to other drug policy organizations is that most of us are students and we are directly representing the voice of youth. Most drug policy organizations do not have youth as the focus.
Where do you hope CSSDP goes into the future?
There are chapters in universities across Canada. I hope for the organization to spread further and have representation throughout Canada in high schools as well. That is, to have more influence and opportunity in terms of student politics and drug policy, even at a local institutional level.
Here at McGill, we are hoping to have the student body or the student society provide drug-checking services. These harm reduction measures are not necessarily on the national or regional level, but it would make a considerable difference in the lives of students attending McGill and provide further impetus for change in other areas of the country.
Member-at-largeScott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He is a Tobis Fellow (2016) at the University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality (Ethics Center). He researches in the Learning Analytics Research Group, works as the Gordon Neighbourhood House Community Journalist/