‘Health care over handcuffs’: B.C. first to decriminalize simple drug possession – CTV

June 1, 2022

The federal government has announced that starting early next year, British Columbia will be the first province in Canada to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use.

The decision comes after the B.C. government requested an exemption under the federal Controlled Drugs and Subtances Act, which makes it an offence to possess most illicit substances even in small amounts.

Starting Jan. 31, 2023, B.C. adults found to be carrying up to 2.5 grams of certain drugs including opioids, cocaine and methamphetamine will not be subject to arrest or charges, and the drugs won’t be seized.

Instead, police will provide information on available services and if requested, support in connecting with those services.

Read more: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/health-care-over-handcuffs-b-c-first-to-decriminalize-simple-drug-possession-1.5925897

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