Gonzo is a Montreal-based writer with a B.Sc. in Psychology & Neuroscience from Concordia University. A long-standing curiosity about drugs and altered states of consciousness crystallized into an interest in drug policy, research, and activism after attending the Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in New York in 2014. Gonzo has written about psychedelics, harm reduction, and drug policy for Reset.me and AskMen, and he writes a column about drugs and the mind in The Link newspaper called Turning Inward. Having gotten involved with CSSDP after attending the 2015 National Conference in Toronto, he looks forward to working with a talented and driven collection of chapters and board members across Canada.
Steff is a harm reduction worker and SSW student based on unceded Mississauga and Haudenosaunee territory (Toronto). They completed their BA Honours in Journalism with a minor in Gender Studies at Carleton University in 2012. Steff worked as an alternative media journalist for a few years after they finished their degree, coordinating the Activist Toolkit at rabble.ca. After interviewing the coordinator of the Trip! Project for a podcast, Steff became extremely interested in harm reduction work. They soon became a Trip! volunteer and were hired as an Outreach Worker for the project. They also work as a drug educator, where they do workshops with service providers and youth about safer use, drug facts and safer space. Steff is passionate about reducing stigma against people who use drugs, prison abolition, trans/queer politics and supporting indigenous sovereignty, all issues that they see as deeply interconnected. They joined the CSSDP board at the 2015 conference.
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is a grassroots network comprised of youth and students who are concerned about the negative impact our drug policies have on individuals and communities. CSSDP considers problematic drug use in society primarily a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue, and advocates for appropriate responses to reduce and prevent harm from drug use.
|Type:||NGO working on Drugs|
|Address:||2400 - 515 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3
|Short description:||CSSDP is a grassroots network of youth and students concerned with the negative impact prohibitionist drug policies have on individuals and communities. CSSDP considers problematic drug use a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue, and advocates for appropriate responses to reduce and prevent harm from drug use. CSSDP provides education and resources to empower chapters formed by students and youth in their work on substance use issues facing their peer groups and communities. CSSDP mobilizes it members to participate in the political process at all levels, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while combating counterproductive drug policies, particularly those that directly harm young people. A national Board of Directors supports numerous autonomous chapters across Canada. CSSDP holds the only annual national drug policy conference in Canada, hosts annual lobby days, and produces numerous publications.|