May 31 (Reuters) – Canada will temporarily decriminalize the possession of some illegal drugs like cocaine, MDMA and opioids for personal use by adults in British Columbia (B.C.) to help tackle a burgeoning drug abuse problem in the province, the government said on Tuesday.
The substances would remain illegal, but adults found in possession of up to 2.5 grams of the illicit substances will no longer be arrested, charged or have their drugs seized, according to an official statement.
B.C., Canada’s westernmost province and the epicenter of the country’s overdose crisis, had requested the federal government for such an exemption in November.
The exemption, a first in Canada, is intended to reduce the stigma associated with substance use and make it easier for people to approach law enforcement and other authorities to seek guidance.
“Reduce the stigma,” is a term these propagandists use a lot. It means “we want more of this.” By “reducing the stigma,” around drug use, you get more drug use. Good thing none of the drugs they’re legalizing here are seriously addictive. Oh except for meth and cocaine, and opioids. Other than that, there are no downsides.
“Eliminating criminal penalties for those carrying small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use will reduce stigma and harm and provide another tool for British Columbia to end the overdose crisis,” said federal Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Carolyn Bennett.
No it will literally do the opposite you lying bitch. Nobody who has ever had a child overdose on these drugs supports this. Nobody. What is needed is harsher penalties for the doctors who over-prescribe opioids, street dealers, Sacklers, and yes, end users. This doublespeak is intended to drive you crazy, but make no mistake, this policy will lead to more Canadians dying of overdoses on our streets. And it will also make our streets less safe for you or I to walk down.
Over 26,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses roughly between 2016 and 2021 across Canada. Since 2016 in B.C., when the province declared a public health emergency, over 9,400 deaths have been recorded due to overdose.
“Substance use is a public health issue, not a criminal one,” said B.C.’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson, adding that the exemption will help the province in fighting the crisis.
Yes, these people are evil, and no, you don’t need to take any of this seriously. Doing the opposite of common sense isn’t genius, they just think it’s funny to have you dying of opioids.