Possession of Small Amounts of Drugs to Be Decriminalized – but Not Legalized – in BC – FNHA

Jun 06, 2022

Beginning on Jan. 31, 2023, and lasting for a three year period of time, possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs, such as opioids and cocaine, will be decriminalized in BC.

In preparation for this date, the provincial government is obligated to “uphold the spirit and principles of reconciliation under the BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, and continue to consult with Indigenous governments, communities, partners and experts when working towards the implementation of the exemption.”

These obligations are set out in Health Canada’s “Letter of Requirements” to BC, which is a part of the approval of the province’s decriminalization request.

Read More: https://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/possession-of-small-amounts-of-drugs-to-be-decriminalized-but-not-legalized-in-bc

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