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Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
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Our Mission

What We Stand For

We are a grassroots network comprised of youth and students who are concerned about the negative impact our drug policies have on individuals and communities.

We mobilize our chapter members to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future. CSSDP works alongside other organizations and campaigns to support harm reduction, evidence-based legislation, and drug policy reform on local, national and international levels.

Our Chapters

Find a local chapter and work with us towards sensible drug policy

Our chapters have autonomy to run their own events, campaigns and initiatives in relation to their local needs. As a national organization we work together to develop resources that may be utilized throughout Canada and around the world to support sensible drug policy and harm reduction.
Our Vision

Sensible drug policy &
harm reduction

We believe youth and students deserve to be heard. All too often, laws that affect young people are made without including their voices. Sensible drug policy means consulting with the people who are affected most and making sure harm reduction awareness and services are accessible to people of all walks of life.

Nothing about us, without us.

Active Chapters | Campaigns & Events

It is important for parents to be a part of the conversation when it comes to awareness campaigns and appropriate access to educational information for young people.

We do not judge or condemn drug use of any kind, but run harm reduction  campaigns that can help support parents when discussing drugs and drug use with youth.

Sensible Cannabis Education | Partners

Many CSSDP members are teachers as well as students. We also support and advocate for peer-to-peer education. CSSDP produces research-based resources on drug education and literacy for both youth leaders as well as teaching in traditional settings.

We are working with partner organizations to develop additional educational resources on drugs and drug use.

Resources | Partners

A Message From

the cssdp Board

Together, we can create so much change around how our society views drugs and current drug policies.

We neither condone nor condemn drug use. By focusing on evidence-based, science-backed resources, we work with partner organizations, schools, government representatives, and stakeholders across Canada to produce educational campaigns that influence and create sensible drug policies.

With harm reduction in mind, we can both change minds and create opportunities. Join us!

Executive Board
The Executive Board makes sure the organization is meeting its goals and deadlines, that finances and record-keeping are in order, and that subcommittees are working well together. The executives head the national team and focus on strategy, support and creating opportunities for the rest of the board and chapter members to get involved in sensible drug policy events and campaigns.
Dessy Pavlova

Dessy Pavlova

Chair

Dessy has been studying drug policy and the cannabis industry for over a decade. Dessy works with startups and small businesses to develop their brand and digital marketing strategies in and outside of the Canadian cannabis industry and focuses on teaching and sensible drug education.
Find out more.

Michelle Theissen

Michelle Theissen

Vice Chair

An Honours graduate with a Psychology B.A. from the University of British Columbia, Michelle will begin her Masters in Clinical Psychology in fall 2016, continuing her research examining the motivations and outcomes of recreational and therapeutic use of cannabis and psychedelics.
Find out more.

Nick Cristiano

Nick Cristiano

Personnel Liaison

A doctoral candidate at York University with a focus on drug normalization and harm reduction within the context of dance club culture, he became CSSDP YorkU chair in 2014, and part of the CSSDP national board in 2015. 

Stephanie Lake

Stephanie Lake

Co-Secretary

Stephanie is a doctoral student in population and public health at the University of British Columbia, where she is currently undertaking research to better understand the links between cannabis, opioids, and drug-related morbidity.
Find out more.

Avery Sapoznikow

Avery Sapoznikow

Co-Secretary & Outreach Chair

Avery is a recent gradaute of the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He earned an honours degree in Psychology where he conducted his honours research on the effects of cannabis on attention and ADHD. Currently, he is the vice president of CSSDP Okanagan and has his eyes set on a future in Clinical Psychology with a research program surrounding cannabis and psychedelics.
Find out more.

Board of Directors
The CSSDP board members work together on our fundraising, outreach, and political advocacy campaigns to support our chapters across Canada, develop events across Canada, and reach our local, national, and international goals. The national team works hard to connect with chapter members across Canada, spread harm reduction and achieve drug policy reform.
Alex Betsos

Alex Betsos

International Liaison

Alex Betsos is a research masters social sciences student at the University of Amsterdam. Alex Betsos has a joint honours degree in sociology and anthropology from Simon Fraser University. His research interests relate to the creation, contestation and dissemination of drug knowledge by experts and by people who use drugs.

Learn more about Alex.

 

Heather D'Alessio

Heather D'Alessio

Chapter Liaison

An Algonquin College business student focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, Heather is fascinated by corporate social responsibility within the cannabis industry, with a passion for the relationship between food, health, and sustainability, and is an advocate for drug policy based on human rights and
public health.
Learn more about Heather.

Antonio Cillero

Antonio Cillero

Political Advocacy Chair

A Queen's University graduate with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Antonio helped translate Alexander Shulgin’s PIHKAL and TIHKAL to Spanish and is head translator at infocannabis.org. Learn more about Antonio.

 

 

 

Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen

Board member

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. Find out more.

Jill Robinson

Jill Robinson

Board member

Jill is a Clinical Psychology Master's student at UBCO who will be entering her PhD in the Fall of 2018. Jill's research interests lie in the field of substance use and adolescents, with a focus on cannabis use and general prevention. Jill is interested in drug policy and enjoys working with students and staff to secure safe campuses across Canada.

Sarah Daniels

Sarah Daniels

Board member

Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus in 2017. Her Honours thesis examined the efficacy of Yoga Nidra in decreasing problematic substance use in young adults. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Her current primary research interests include the use of cannabis in yoga, cannabis and mindfulness, and prenatal cannabis use. She is active on campus with the Okanagan chapter of CSSDP, as well as president of the UBCO Yoga Club. Find out more.

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. Find out more.
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.

Strategic Advisors
The CSSDP Board of Directors relies on our mentors and advisors to help strategically brainstorm, plan, and execute essential functions for the organization as a whole. Our advisors provide insight, help and support to the CSSDP national team, as well as individual chapters across Canada. Their invaluable advice and experience is integral to how CSSDP functions on a local, national and international level, and they help the national team make and reach our collective goals.
Jenna Valleriani

Jenna Valleriani

Advisor

A doctoral candidate in Sociology and the Collaborative Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto, Jenna was on the CSSDP board of directors from November 2013, acted as Conference Chair for CSSDP's 2015 conference, was CSSDP representative on the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition steering committee, and volunteers with NORML Canada. Find out more.

Nazlee Maghsoudi

Nazlee Maghsoudi

Strategic Advisor

The current Knowledge Translation Manager at the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), Nazlee holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University and a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto, is the former Chair of CSSDP, interned with the International Drug Policy Consortium and Harm Reduction Coalition, and volunteers with TRIP! Project. Find out more.

Donald MacPherson

Donald MacPherson

Strategic Advisor

Donald MacPherson is the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy. He advocates policies based on principles of public health, human rights, social inclusion, and scientific evidence and moving away from a criminal justice paradigm where people with health problems are criminalized. Find out more.

Partner Organizations
Our partners and sponsors are what help CSSDP achieve goals through financial and other forms of support. Without partnership opportunities and sponsors to help fund our events, chapters and overall goals, CSSDP would not be able to work towards sensible drug policy in effective ways. Thank you for helping CSSDP succeed!

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