Canada supports a public health-based approach. Instead of treating consumers like criminals, they are targeted. decriminalized marijuana
Response, February 1, 2023. In Canada, specifically British Columbia, it implemented an exemption in federal law for possession. For personal use of small amounts of certain drugs.
and that measure p was approvedor requested by the Canadian Ministry of Health and the government of that province.
It should be noted that portals such as El Pai state that Portugal and Estonia opted for the same arrangement.
On the other hand, in the case of Canada, the measure This will last for three years as British Columbia is considered the epicenter of the overdose death crisis.
It is also reported that since April 2016 When the Canadian province declared a state of health emergency because of this crisis, more than 11,000 people lost their lives, mainly due to opioids.
Thus, it is indicated that the toxicity of drugs andIt is the leading cause of unnatural death in British Columbia.
Furthermore, the measure aims to favor an approach Reducing stigma based on public health and of a punitive nature.
– “Instead of treating these people like criminals, they will be given care and compassion. They will have access to the information. ,
This was stated by Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Dependencies, British Columbia, Canada.
It should be noted that people of at least An 18 year old may have a maximum of 2.5 grams of cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA for personal consumption.
In addition, some opioids such as Heroin, Fentanyl and Morphine.
It is also indicated that the police will not be able to confiscate the said substances and consumers will be protected from fines, arrest or charges.
And, in return, consumers will receive information about a range of services available to them.
Additionally, British Columbia labeled $430 million to fight the overdose crisis over the next three years c.
Similarly, an information campaign will be launched aimed at the general public. About decriminalization.
– “Through this exemption, we will be able to reduce the stigma, fear and shame felt by people who use drugs.”
And so, said Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s federal minister of mental health and dependency, “to help more people get the support and treatment that can save lives”.
However, Bennett insisted that activities Dealing with these substances, including production, smuggling, import and export, will continue to be illegal.
On the other hand, the portal recalls that the government of Justin Trudeau legalized recreational cannabis in October 2018.
That is, later the second country to make a regulatory change of this capacity Uruguay. The medicinal use of marijuana has also been authorized in Canada since 2001.
Finally, it is highlighted that Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau indicated that decriminalization of some hard drugs was not considered.
But, the number of deaths is rising and the argument presented by British Columbia He changed his mind to Ottawa last June, announcing a waiver that goes into effect this Tuesday.
and it’s a condition imposed by federal authorities in Canada Allowed to have 2.5 grams instead of the 4.5 initially requested.
In addition, the City of Toronto has filed a petition for similar authorisation.
This indicates that a survey conducted in Canada by the firm Research Company, Last October, it found that 40% of those consulted supported the idea of decriminalizing all drugs for personal use.