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Old 05-31-2022, 01:39 PM   #1
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Really donít see what itís gonna accomplish seeing BC Crown advised police they wouldnít be charging for simple possession of drugs over a year ago. Small amounts are already essentially de-criminalized. Nice headline I guess.
That doesn't necessarily stop police, business, residents, etc., from harassing addicts. Not to mention that many communities in BC fall under RCMP jurisdiction and as such are not as beholden to requests from the province.
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Old 05-31-2022, 01:43 PM   #2
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That doesn't necessarily stop police, business, residents, etc., from harassing addicts. Not to mention that many communities in BC fall under RCMP jurisdiction and as such are not as beholden to requests from the province.
What do you define as harassing addicts? Asking them to not smoke fent in front of businesses? Not to leave needles in parks? And yes, the RCMP must follow their MOU with BC Crown so not sure where you got that belief from.
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Old 05-31-2022, 01:45 PM   #3
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I mean, there is definitely some value in making it official/writing it into law.
"we won't enforce it" is much different than "This isn't illegal anymore".

Those are important distinctions, and it's worth the time/effort to make them.
I guess? If the result is the same does it really matter? Anyway, if anyone is hoping itís going to reduce odís I think theyíre in for a rude awakening.
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The hope is that it will reduce the addicts 'hiding' while getting high and into safer spaces where they can be saved if they overdose.

Will it work... I mean probably not to any real degree but baby steps is better than the status quo.
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Small amounts of certain drugs to be decriminalized in BC (federal government allowing the exemption so makes sense in this thread) to try to reduce overdose crisis:



https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/opi...nada-1.6471878
Nothing on psilocybin? Disappointed.
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Nothing on psilocybin? Disappointed.
Probably because there isn't a mushrooms crisis.
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Old 05-31-2022, 03:17 PM   #7
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Of course he has to be from Alberta, cause we need more national embarrassment.
If he was making a bold stance against thoughts and prayers then I think he would have a point. Somehow I donít think that is what happened.
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Old 05-31-2022, 03:34 PM   #8
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I guess? If the result is the same does it really matter? Anyway, if anyone is hoping itís going to reduce odís I think theyíre in for a rude awakening.
Of course it matters.
There are a lot of situations where how we get to a result is, at least to some degree, just as important as the result itself.

If we are supposed to be a country of laws, and we've decided that something should no longer be illegal, then we should strike the law making that thing illegal.

It's not like this is some massive government project that will take a lot of time and money. It's a vote in the legislature, to codify a policy that they are already following. Eliminating grey areas in laws/policing, and changing a policy, that can easily be changed/forgotten, into a law, that requires some effort to change, is intrinsically valuable, assuming you think it is good policy, which in this case I do.
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Of course it matters.
There are a lot of situations where how we get to a result is, at least to some degree, just as important as the result itself.

If we are supposed to be a country of laws, and we've decided that something should no longer be illegal, then we should strike the law making that thing illegal.

It's not like this is some massive government project that will take a lot of time and money. It's a vote in the legislature, to codify a policy that they are already following. Eliminating grey areas in laws/policing, and changing a policy, that can easily be changed/forgotten, into a law, that requires some effort to change, is intrinsically valuable, assuming you think it is good policy, which in this case I do.
No itís a good idea, treat this as a health issue vs criminal matter. However, I do believe there should be some sort of rehab required. Not sure what it looks like but the current efforts to deter drug use/get people off it clearly arenít working.
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It never made sense to arrest and charge people with a gram or 2 of something they plan to do themselves. Good change.
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It never made sense to arrest and charge people with a gram or 2 of something they plan to do themselves. Good change.
Right, but as I already pointed out earlier, that hasnít been happening for over a year now.
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Isn't this what everyone was arguing for?
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/han...bill-1.6470554
I'm not a Trudeau person at all, but this is some expert politicking.

Anyone voting against this bill is committing political suicide.

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Probably because there isn't a mushrooms crisis.
Is there a cocaine crisis?
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Is there a cocaine crisis?
Cocaine sometimes has fentanyl in it now these days, so probably trying to cover that off? MDMA is a bit of a head scratcher though.
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Cocaine sometimes has fentanyl in it now these days, so probably trying to cover that off? MDMA is a bit of a head scratcher though.
There have definitely been instances of MDMA, cocaine, ketamine, etc., being laced with fentanyl out here. It's not as common as heroin, but it happens. There have also been growing instances of street drugs being cut with benzos, which is incredibly problematic as well.
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Cocaine sometimes has fentanyl in it now these days, so probably trying to cover that off? MDMA is a bit of a head scratcher though.
If MDMA is relatively benign, that could also be a good reason to decriminalize it.
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What do you define as harassing addicts? Asking them to not smoke fent in front of businesses? Not to leave needles in parks? And yes, the RCMP must follow their MOU with BC Crown so not sure where you got that belief from.
Asking them:
Don't do drugs in front of their business.
Don't break into their business to steal things to fund drug purchases
Don't leave needles infront of their business

You know, standard ways businesses harrass addicts
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I'm not a Trudeau person at all, but this is some expert politicking.

Anyone voting against this bill is committing political suicide.

I tip my hat.
Not a vote against it, but...of course.


https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?x...841D7AA1238F2B
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Not a vote against it, but...of course.


https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?x...841D7AA1238F2B
I was talking about guns, not drugs.
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I was talking about guns, not drugs.
Ah, right, sorry.
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