‘Anxiety’ over 3-year decriminalization plan in B.C.: former federal health minister

A former federal health minister who supports de-criminalization in Canada says the three-year model approved for British Columbia may not provide enough evidence to ensure the success of a policy implemented nationwide.

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Jane Philpott said in an interview that evidence from Portugal, the first European country to decriminalize small amounts of drugs for personal use in 2001, could not be evaluated for many years, even after other health, legal and housing measures . the user.

She said of Canada’s plan in B.C., “Three years of a small piece of a whole package won’t be enough to be able to say whether it works or not.” And in some ways, there’s concern over its failure to perform. success.”

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De-criminalization will take effect in BC at the end of January 2023, when people 18 and older will no longer face criminal penalties for possessing a total of 2.5 grams of opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA, known as ecstasy. also known. Police…

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