Fundraising for Cannabis Education!

Fundraising for Cannabis Education!

On October 3rd, CSSDP will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Edmonton, Alberta, as a part of Stimulus Conference and we’re looking for your help to get us there!

This is really important in the context of legalization, and in supporting the national community of youth in being heard when it comes to drug policy. On Wednesday, October 3rd, three of our board members will be presenting on Sensible Cannabis Education and we’ll be hosting our AGM in person and online right after.

CSSDP’s national board is composed of several volunteer members across Canada who work together remotely, while working closely with their communities and partner organizations to apply harm reduction and foster sensible drug policy and dialogue across the country. Our AGM is a key opportunity for us to meet in person, reflect on the work we have done and plan for what is to come in the following year. It allows members to debrief and propels us into a new year of bettering our communities by fighting for balanced, non-stigmatizing, and evidence-based drug conversations and measures. Helping us get together means supporting our sensible drug policy efforts, and especially our current biggest priority: cannabis education. As profoundly knowledgeable and well-connected young people, we are in the best position to effectively educate and engage in dialogue with other youth about cannabis.

If we want to ensure young people are educated about cannabis, the first step is supporting educators.

We are those educators.

We have the drive. We have the knowledge. We have the networks. We don’t have the money.

If you wish to support us, any donation goes a long way to fund the work we do. You can support us on Patreon with a regular monthly contribution, choose to fund a specific project, or simply etransfer to contact@cssdp.org.

Special donations will always get special recognition (contact us to learn more!) but every single dollar counts and will be put towards sensible drug policy. With at least 6 board members going to the AGM, our goal is to raise enough to cover their travel costs and conference entry, so we can celebrate Sensible Cannabis Education and our AGM together.

We thank you for your support and are looking forward to another year of progress.

Sensibly,

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Kira London-Nadeau

Kira London-Nadeau

Board member

Kira is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Montréal. Her research focuses on the bidirectional effects of cannabis and mental health issues in adolescence, with a focus on sexual and gender minorities. She is also passionate about drug policy, social justice, health, and education.
Kira London-Nadeau poursuit présentement une maîtrise en psychologie à l’université de Montréal. Sa recherche est centrée sur les effets bidirectionnels du cannabis et des symptômes de psychopathologie à l’adolescence, avec une attention particulière portée aux minorités d’orientations sexuelles et aux minorités de genre. Elle est aussi passionnée des politiques en substances illicites, de la justice sociale, de la santé et de l’éducation.

International Drug Awareness Day 2018

International Drug Awareness Day 2018

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

​​According to Global News, there was a harm reduction or drug overdose symposium in Kelowna entitled International Drug Overdose Awareness Day 2018. It is the second one.

There have been overdoses in British Columbia. These reflect the national statistics of overdoses. Indeed, there has been a continual increase in the number of overdoses in British Columbia.

In only July of 2017, there were 134 drug-overdose deaths – “suspected” – to have, unfortunately, occurred. In fact, 17 were within the Interior Health Authority.

This conference amounts to a concerned parties gathering with Moms Stop the Harm, Interior Health, politicians, and service providers helping with the overall event.

One purpose of an event such as this one is the work to decrease the harms associated with drug abuse or overuse.

As stated by Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health Officer, “Stigma prevents people from accessing services… Stigma prevents people from asking for help. Stigma is killing people.”

The stigma creates a sense and cycle of shame around the use of substances, which can prevent those who might, otherwise, get help from actually seeking assistance. It, in fact, causes harm – the stigma of drugs and drug users.

One woman with Moms Stop the Harm, Helen Jennings, stated, “Now with the Good Samaratin (Law), you’re not afraid of calling 911, even if you’re using yourself.”

Since spring 2017, there has been the Good Samaritan Law to provide some level of immunity for the individuals who are caught with simple possession of drugs, in the case of those who call 911 with an emergency of an overdose needing treatment.

Another resource of the area is the Living Positive Resource Centre, which is in Kelowna and based on the harm reduction methodology support by the scientific evidence.

Another initiative is Living Positive to give out complimentary naloxone kits. Furthermore, there are lessons in how to properly use them.

Photo by Art by Lønfeldt on Unsplash

Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen

Member-at-Large/Writer

(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott 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 is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.

He published in American Enterprise InstituteAnnaborgiaConatus NewsEarth Skin & EdenFresh Start Recovery CentreGordon Neighbourhood HouseHuffington PostIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based JournalJolly DragonsKwantlen Polytechnic University Psychology DepartmentLa Petite MortLearning Analytics Research GroupLifespan Cognition Psychology LabLost in SamaraMarijuana Party of CanadaMomMandyNoesis: The Journal of the Mega SocietyPiece of MindProduction ModeSynapseTeenFinancialThe PeakThe UbysseyThe Voice MagazineTransformative DialoguesTreasure Box KidsTrusted Clothes.