The Collective to an integrated Policy to Drugs AC is an civil society organization devoted to investigation, education, action and diffusion oriented to transform drug culture and policies under a harm reduction, multidisciplinary, integrated, evidence based, scientific and respectful focus to human rights.
CuPIDH gathers an interdisciplinary group of professional people from different knowledge areas and political activity whose trajectory has been linked somehow to study and acting over the drug problem. This group is formed by politologists, psychologists, journalists, communicators, lawyers, academics, artists, doctors and civil society activists.
PhD in Sociology at Paris University Panthéon-Sorbonne, member of the Social Investigation Institute at UNAM and the National System of Researchers, coordinator of the UNESCO Chair «Economic and social transformations related to the international drug problem». Author of “Security, traffickers and military men. Power and shadow” (2007), “The drug century. Drugdealing, from Porfirio’s days to the new Millenium” (2005), “Drugs without frontiers” (2003), and “Drug dealers mythology in Mexico” (1995). He has published several articles on scientific and specialized magazines and in collective books in Mexico, Colombia, USA, France, Italy, India, Great Britain and Belgium. He has also participated in congresses, workshops, seminars and conferences in several countries in America, Europe and Asia.
Surgeon graduated from UNAM, addictologist and Chinese Traditional Medicine specialist. Co founder of the Mexican Society for Addiction Studies, Medical Director of Picas and Platicas AC, representative of National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) in Mexico. Author and coordinator of several human rights, education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation defense programs, vulnerable to use and/or psychoactive substances abuse. Collaborator on specialized magazines on addictions (Liber Addictus) and civil rights. Co author of “De la ficción a la adicción” (From fiction to addiction) (2006). President of the Mexican Association of Harm and risk Reduction AC (2009).
“The power lays in users, not in substances”
Elsa Conde Rodríguez
Social psychologist, graduated from the Psychology Faculty at UNAM and candidate to a Sociology Master by the Political and Social Sciences Faculty. Founder and member of several women organizations such as APIS, Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity and the Collective City and Gender. Vice President of the political party Mexico posible.
Between 2006 and 2009 Congresswoman Elsa Conde presented three law initiatives to regulate cannabis as a recreational drug, as a medicine and as a raw material for non-drug products. Co coordinator of “Sexual commerce on La Merced: a constructivist perspective about sex service” publication.
Ana Paula Hernández
Sociologist, worked for six years at the Human Rights Center Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez in Mexico City, and four years as subdirector of the Human Rights Mountain Center “Tlachinollan” in Guerrero. Consultant for Angelica Foundation, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights office in Mexico (2006-2008), Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and for other organizations and strategies, organizational development, training, drug policy, human rights education and fund collector networks.
“We should build a comprehensive drug policy which is respectful of human rights”
Jorge Hernández Tinajero
Politologist and internationalist, professor of the Political and Social Sciences Faculty at UNAM, has specialized for more than ten years on drug policy. Author of numerous articles and essays about the subject; co author of Social Democracy and Mexico Possible political platforms on illegal drugs; assessor of “Conde Law Initiatives” about cannabis, and member of the Mexican Association of Cannabis Studies and the Mexican Association of Risk and Harm Reduction. Nowadays he’s the president of CuPIHD.
“We love what we do”
Alejandro Madrazo Lajous
Lawyer. PhD on Laws on Yale University. Professor of the Investigation and Economic Teaching Center where he coordinates the Right to Health Program. Has successfully litigated before the Supreme Court in telecommunication and economic competition subjects, as well as tobacco control and recently abortion decriminalization on Mexico City. Has elaborated law initiatives on tobacco control and decriminalization of cannabis subjects.
“We must develop a relationship with drugs which would demand us, as a society, to reduce the use of the Law and increase the use of information and education…”
Leopoldo Rivera Rivera
Studied Communication at UNAM. President founder of Mexican Association of Cannabis Studies (AMECA), organization that created the project Biblioteca Cannábica (Cannabic Library) and promoted since 2001 World’s Day of Cannabis Liberation in Mexico. Conferencist and researcher of the presence of this plant on Mexico’s history. Collaborator for the three federal iniciatives integration on cannabis law. Naucalpan Newspaper La Voz de los 4 Barrios editor, and cultural promoter in Naucalpan.
“Our society requires information and freedom in order to express itself and act; its opinion on what to do with drugs has not yet been heard”
Jorge Javier Romero
Politologist. PhD at the Complutense University in Madrid. Professor at UAM- Xochimilco. Member of Nexos editorial board. Has participated as well on the Editorial Committee of the magazine Política y Gobierno del CIDE, and collaborates on multiple publications. Assessor and coordinator of assessors at the Instituto Federal Electoral (2004 to February 2006). Was director of the Voz Alternativa Foundation, presided by Patricia Mercado, since March 2007 until the coup in Social-democrat Alternative.
“If I’d teach young people what drugs are really about and what harm can they produce, with specific and repeated explanations, clear examples and real recreation and personality development options, problems with addictions would substantially reduce and collateral damages of prohibition would disappear.”
Ricardo B. Sala
Communicator. Studied Communication Sciences at UAM-X. Member, administrator and mercadologist at a commercial enterprise since 1994. In 2001 opens “Vive con drogas” (Live with drugs) web page and forum and starts a documentation about drugs and construction of the Internet community -drogasmexico.org. Director of Living together and public space AC and drove the force together with AMECA, of the Biblioteca Cannábica in 4 public Libraries and a cooperative coffee shop in Mexico City.
“If we want to regulate the relation we maintain with these substances, we should install more complex institutional and cultural mechanisms rather than a sharp and blinded prohibition.”
Sandra Tovar Kuri
Economist. Studied at UNAM, specialized in Latin America Economic Development and Politics. Archaeologist and therapeut in addictions. Since 20 years ago she participates on strategies and tools definitions in order to promote public politics that would attend sectoral needs beyond State’s perspective on addiction’s prevention subjects. Co author of “De la ficción a la adicción” (From fiction to addiction); producer and collaborator of risk reduction by illegal substances abuse in students projects (MAS prevention) and children on street conditions (Picas y Pláticas). Author, conferencist and activist about drugs and public politics on health, education and human rights respect.
“More prevention, not repression; Drug Culture is Everyone’s Task”
Surgeon from UNAM, clinic psychiatrist formed at the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría and super- specialized on addictology. Founder of Substance Related Investigation Program of INP., UNAM Professor, Visiting Scientist of the Rockefeller University, member of the panel Global Methamphetamine Conference and HIV / Intravenous substances of The Lancet workgroup.
“Drugs are not the message, but the messenger. The real joint is to define whether we want to live on a freedom, tolerance and positivism world or on a tyranny, dogmatism and dictatorship one”
Ethnologist. Social Medicine Master. Specialized on drug consumption subjects and its detailed commerce. Author of Las Redes del Narcomenudeo (Drug retail trade networks), Cómo se reproducen el consumo y el comercio de drogas ilícitas en jóvenes de barrios marginados (How illegal drug consumption and commerce on young people on marinal neighbourhoods reproduce), awarded with the Fray Bernardino de Sahagún Prize 2008, First Honourable Mention at the Luis González y González Prize 2008 and Second Prize at Tercer premio a la mejor Tesis sobre juventud 2007 (3rd Prize to the best Thesis about Youth).
“Drug policies which criminalize illicit drug consumers favours their distance from the State and identification with organized crime.”
Julio Zenil Cruz
Filmmaker. Collaborator of AMECA, director and producer of Mundo Cannábico (Cannabic World) documentary, which registers statements of doctors, artists, fashion designers, cannabis users and activists all around the world. Has also made incursions on mexican hemp industry development.
“I believe adequate information is the only way to bring people into making more intelligent decisions when deciding whether or not to use a substance”