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Talking psilocybin & more on This Week in Drugs!


This week, myself and Alex Betsos went on This Week in Drugs to talk about the 920 Psilocybin Mushroom Day of Action, the legality of psilocybin spores and mushrooms, and more. Check out the episode here!

This Week in Drugs is a weekly podcast about drug news/science/policy/health and more, produced by Sam Tracy, Rachelle Yeung, and Tyler Williams. Check out the podcast on their website and find them on Twitter @ThisWeekInDrugs.

Alex Betsos is CSSDP’s Personnel Liaison and co-founder of Karmik, a harm reduction initiative based in Vancouver, BC. Check out his website, existentialawe.com and follow him on Twitter @existentialawe.

Montreal’s 920 events on Vice Magazine!

Adida’s live painting! Photo by Adam Kovac

Montreal’s 920 Psilocybin Mushroom Day festivities on Sept. 19 & 20 were covered by Adam Kovac for Vice Magazine! I’m fortunate to have gotten to work alongside friends in Montreal as well as from Psymposia to organize these events, and I’m looking forward to seeing those familiar faces at the Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in less than two weeks!

The Montreal events turned out great, brought together a bright community, and generated much momentum to build on in the coming months. Check out the Vice article here; there’s a great quote from when an audience member asked Rick Doblin how to talk to his parents about drugs:

“Show them how they’ve contributed to your growth and the lessons you’ve learned from them,” Doblin advised. He described a Students for Sensible Drug Policy T­-shirt that had a picture of a nuclear family with the slogan: “Kids, have you spoken to your parents about drugs?”

CBC News Montreal interview on drug testing

After recently hosting a safer drug use & harm reduction workshop with residence assistants at my university’s residence, some reporters from CBC News Montreal got in touch with me to talk about drug education and harm reduction services available at the university. This led to a discussion of the importance of increasing access to drug testing services. Check out the article, or watch the segment that aired on TV!

RCI interview on drug policy in the coming Canadian election

Recently, Stephen Harper said legalization is the wrong direction for society, and that if re-elected he would increase funding to target grow ops. Yet 70% of Canadians support either legalization or decriminalization for possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Radio Canada International’s Terry Haig reached out to me to chat about drug policy in the upcoming Canadian election. Click here to read the article with a six-minute phone interview at the end. Enjoy!

CJAD interview on CSSDP chapters in Montreal

CJAD’s Barry Morgan had me on his show to talk about new CSSDP chapters in the city, drug prohibition vs. regulation, and Harper’s announcement to beef up enforcement if re-elected. Have a listen below!

Gazette interview on two new CSSDP chapters in Montreal

montreal-que-august-10-2015-gonzo-nieto-is-a-concordiFollowing the recent establishment of two new Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) chapters at McGill and Concordia universities, Adam Kovac from the Montreal Gazette hit me up to do an interview on what CSSDP is and why drug policy matters—have a read here.

And don’t forget to follow CSSDP Concordia and CSSDP McGill on Facebook! If you have questions or are interested in volunteering or joining the organizing collective of either chapter, email concordia [at] cssdp [dot] org or mcgill [at] cssdp [dot] org, or get in touch with me directly at gonzonieto [at] gmail [dot] com.

CJAD interview on drug legalization

On April 20, 2015, after a rainy 420 rally in Montreal, CJAD had me back on The Exchange to discuss why legalization might make sense for all drugs. Have a listen below!

(Note: Unlike my introduction in the interview may have implied, I am not a regular contributor to AskMen, though I did write one article for them which I spoke about with The Exchange in March.)

CJAD interview on psychedelic research

An AskMen article I wrote on psychedelics caught the interest of Montreal’s CJAD radio station (hooray!), so on March 18 they brought me on The Exchange to talk about psychedelic research, some of their medical applications, and the role these substances might come to play in our society in coming years. Enjoy!

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