- Critics take problems with the low threshold amount, uncertainty in implementation, and the possibility of discrimination.
- B.C.’s chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said the program to decriminalize control of small amounts of illegal drugs isn’t true decriminalization.
The federal government declared that control of small amounts of drugs would be decriminalized in B.C. as a significant policy breakthrough. Still, the news has been met with skepticism by those near the deadly drug problem.
On Tuesday morning, British Columbians heard that Canadians 18 years of age and older would be able to have up to 2.5 grams of opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA within the region as of Jan. 31 next year.
While multiple people on the ground in B.C. say it’s a measure in the right direction, they also had powerful words of complaint regarding the low threshold for the number of drugs, the long wait before execution, and the ongoing potential for racial discrimination.
The skeptics have Lisa Lapointe, B.C.’s chief coroner and a vocal critic of the answer to the situation from all levels of government. “It’s been defined as decriminalization. I’m not convinced that it is,” Lapointe told The Current host Matt Galloway.
The exemption from federal drug rules arrived due to a demand from the B.C. government, which suggested a threshold of up to 4.5 grams of illegal drugs — an amount that many critics already thought was too low. The federal government’s point almost cuts that bid in half.
“I would have to say that this policy for non-enforcement for small amounts of substances will not make a meaningful difference in the short term,” Lapointe said.
Source – cbc.ca