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Community Meeting With DanceSafe: Prohibition, Its Harms, and How To End Them

November 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$10.59 – $30.59

Community Meeting With DanceSafe: Prohibition, Its Harms, and How To End Them

San Francisco Psychedelic Society is excited to partner up with DanceSafe to discuss Prohibition, its Harms, and How to End Them with Executive Director Mitchell Gomez.

$10-20 donation to The Society, $30 supporter tickets. Scholarship tickets available upon request please contact for details.
Date: Thursday, November 21st 6:30PM-9:30PM
Location: The Haven- 3007 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Since the 1860s, the United States has engaged in a concerted attempt to discourage drug use. Despite our best efforts, and over 1 trillion dollars spent since just 1971, over 10% of the American population used an illegal drug in the last month, and over 50% of our population has used an illegal drug at some point in their life. Because drug prohibition is not drug control (but is actually the abdication of drug control to the black market) this policy itself leads to an increase in the risks of drug use, and arguably leads to an increase in the amount of drug use that occurs as well.

Do you worry about the rise of misrepresentation in recreational drug markets, and the subsequent increase in adverse medical incidents? Are you the ?rave mom or dad? of your group always helping out those having a difficult night? Do you throw a festival (or want to) and worry about how to keep everyone safe? Do you want to get involved in the fight to end prohibition?

Join Seth Warner as he interviews Mitchell Gomez from DanceSafe for a discussion about how prohibition has made drug use more dangerous, and how to change this.

DanceSafe will lead a breakout session including a Q & A period to reflect and dive deep into the thought provoking material in the talk. We will also have breakout groups with topics like psychedelics 101 for newcomers. The purpose of this gathering is to facilitate connection and community amongst folks in the SF Bay Area who are interested in psychedelics and harm reduction. DanceSafe will have a table, and we will have a raffle sponsored by Absolute Extracts and DanceSafe.

San Francisco Psychedelic Society is evolving to have more frequent and diverse events in the Bay Area. We are looking forward to having you at our community meeting to get involved and meet others!

About DanceSafe:

DanceSafe is a 501(c)(3) public health organization promoting health & safety within the nightlife and electronic music community. Founded in the SF Bay Area in 1998, DanceSafe quickly grew into a national organization with chapters in cities across North America. DanceSafe has two fundamental operating principles: harm reduction and peer-based, popular education. Combining these two principles has enabled us to create successful, peer-based educational programs to reduce drug misuse and empower young people to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices. We are known for bringing adulterant screening (a.k.a., ?pill testing,? ?drug checking?) to the rave & nightlife community in the U.S., and for distributing unbiased educational literature describing the effects and risks associated with the use of various drugs.

About the Speakers:

Mitchell Gomez is a graduate of New College of Florida (whose Alumni included the founders of Erowid, MAPS & the Zendo Project), and has his Masters from CU Denver. Although his research interests are extremely diverse, he is particularly interested in program evaluation and policy analysis as it pertains to the non-profit sector. He has volunteered with the Burning Man organization, SSDP and other small harm reduction projects for many years, and is a passionate advocate for reality-based drug policy and harm reduction. In addition to his work with DanceSafe, Mitchell also sits on the Advisory Council of Psymposia, a media and events group that shares stories and fresh perspectives about the emerging science and social issues of psychedelics, psychoactive drugs, policy reform, and harm reduction. He was also appointed on the Denver Drug Strategy Commission Data Subcommittee and is a harm reduction consultant for MAPS.

Seth Warner is an Oakland based psychedelic activist and educator. His roots in the Bay Area are woven into the growing psychedelic community through his service as Communications Deputy to the San Francisco Psychedelic Society, the founding of Mycelial Mass mushroom Meetup, Decriminalize Nature Oakland, and educational services through MycoRising.



November 21, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10.59 – $30.59
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