Danielle Schumacher – WVC’s 2017 Visionary Woman of the Year

We are delighted to name Danielle Schumacher WVC’s Visionary Woman of the Year for 2017. Danielle has been a leader in the world of cannabis since 2001, when she co-founded chapters of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) at the University of Illinois Champagne Urbana. While still in college, she was appointed Executive Director of Illinois NORML, and held the Youth Seat on the National NORML Board of Directors. She was named as a Freedom Fighter by High Times Magazine at 22.

Danielle headed the Cannabis Action Network for the Berkeley Patients Group starting in 2005. She worked with Richard Lee to establish America’s first cannabis college as Oaksterdam University’s first Chancellor. She served as office manager for internationally respected authority

on cannabis Chris Conrad and activist author Mikki Norris.

Danielle is currently office manager for Frank Lucido MD and nurse practitioner Maria Mangini PhD FNP. Dr. Frank was one of the first MD’s to recommend cannabis in California after the passage of the Compassionate Use Actin 1996, and has continued to do so for over 20 years.

Danielle’s newest project, THC Staffing Group, is a boutique recruiting firm whose mission is to encourage diversity in the cannabis industry, which has acted as a sponsor of several WVC gatherings. She has spoken at several past WVC gatherings on the political history and social justice in the cannabis movement and has supported us with planning many of our events – click here to view a video of her keynote speech at our 2017 Women & Cannabis Salon. She has been particularly helpful in advising us on how we can improve inclusivity at our own events, for which we are extremely grateful.

Risk Reduction Workshop, Nevada City Sunday, April 15, 2018

Overdose of opioids and other substances is a public health concern throughout the world. Yet information about how to prevent overdose, calculate dosage, and test the content of widely available recreational drugs is difficult to acquire. In the spirit of universal access to all knowledge, and to prevent future deaths, the Women’s Visionary Council (WVC), a nonprofit 501c3 educational organization, will host a Risk Reduction Workshop on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Akashic Visions Gallery, 513 Searles Ave., Nevada City, CA from 1 to 6 pm.

No controlled substances will be used or permitted in the space during the demonstration.

In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Gantt Galloway, Pharm. D., Research and Executive Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center, will provide training in the use of Naloxone or Narcan which blocks the effects of opioids, especially in cases of overdose. Participants completing the training will receive Naloxone kits to take home. Naloxone kits will be distributed at no cost on a first come, first serve basis.
During the second portion of the workshop Ethan Currens will demonstrate how to accurately measure liquids and powders to help prevent overdose. Using water and benign salts as demonstration tools, Currens will discuss risks associated with super-potent substances and show how low-cost milligram scales and widely available volumetric tools can be used to improve the accuracy of measurement.
Part three of the workshop will show how to use commercially available reagent testing kits to test for the presence of potentially deadly adulterants and reduce risks from misidentified drugs. Amy Raves of Safer Raving will conduct this demonstration and discuss the limitations of field reagent kits.

Workshop Schedule
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Welcome & Greetings
1:10 pm – 1:30 pm Overview of Risk Reduction – Annie Oak, WVC Board Member
1:30pm – 2:00 pm Dr. Gantt Galloway demonstrates Naloxone
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Participants practice Naloxone injections and receive kits
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Ethan Currens demonstrates weighing and measuring
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Amy Raves demonstrates reagent testing kits
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Questions & Discussion
6:00 pm – Event concludes

The cost of this workshop is presented on a donation basis for maximal accessibility. Tax deductible donations can be made at www.visionarycongress.org or in person at the event.

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Beyond Psychedelics, Global Psychedelic Forum June 21- 24 2018 Prague, Czech Republic

Eleonora Molnar, Executive Director of WVC Canada, will speak at Beyond Psychedelics, Global Psychedelic Forum June 21- 24 2018  in Prague, Czech Republic. Her presentation will discuss the ethical dimensions of current psychedelic research and of future treatments, as psychedelics become a legal adjunct to psychotherapy. The Beyond Psychedelics conference will review the risks and address the beneficial potential of psychedelics and alternative consciousness technologies,  and work toward the creation of guidelines for beneficial safe use and harm reduction.
The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for global cooperation among people with a professional interest in psychedelics, and to facilitate the exchange of both scientific knowledge and real practical experience to create new synergies – at a global level and across a variety of disciplines.
The event will encourage innovative discussions on approaches to psychedelics and on the ambiguous position, these substances still hold in the modern age. An in-depth review of current challenges associated with their use will be a key interest. Thes topics have been of interest to the WVC for some time, and WVC has previously developed a list of 21 Safety Tips For Participating In Ceremonies That Use Psychoactive Substances.

For more information please visit:
Beyond Psychedelics, Global Psychedelic Forum