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Canada Green Party would decriminalize all drug possession if elected

07:20  22 september  2019
07:20  22 september  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May speaks during a debate hosted by Macleans/Citytv in Toronto Green Party leader Elizabeth May speaks during a debate hosted by Macleans/Citytv in Toronto

The Green Party would decriminalize all drug possession if elected in October, leader Elizabeth May said Saturday on the campaign trial in Winnipeg.

May said legalizing possession of all drugs is necessary to curb the opioid crisis in Canada.

"We must stop treating drug addiction as a criminal issue. This is a national health emergency."

May delivered the announcement in Manitoba, which is dealing with a major drug problem.

As part of their effort to lower the rate of overdose deaths, the Greens are also committing to declaring a national health emergency, increasing mental health and addiction programs, and funding community organizations. The party said it would also ensure kits with Naloxone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids, are widely available to treat overdoses.

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Drug decriminalization also ideally entails the removal of criminal penalties for low-level sales, given that the line between seller and user is often blurred (this subject and the The criminalization of drug possession is a major driver of mass incarceration and mass criminalization in the United States.

Chile: Personal drug possession was decriminalised in 2005, although a “personal” quantity has not been legally defined – so many people continue to be criminalised for possessing small quantities of drugs . Colombia: Personal drug possession was decriminalised in 1994

The issue is personal for the Green leader. Her sister-in-law, entertainer Margot Kidder, died in 2018 after battling drug addiction.

Much of the Green Party's current support comes from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and Vancouver Island, areas hit hard by the opioid problem, which led to the deaths of nearly 4,000 Canadians in 2017.

May said her party would consider lifting the decriminalization in the future if the drug crisis subsides.

Earlier this month, May told CBC News it's time the federal government declared the opioid crisis a national emergency and decriminalized illicit drugs to prevent deaths.

People on the front lines of the crisis have long said creating a supply of clean drugs and removing the criminal element would cut down on the number of overdose deaths.

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The Drug Policy Alliance supports decriminalizing all drugs , not just marijuana. What is Decriminalization ? Drug decriminalization would eliminate criminal penalties for: Drug use and possession . Possession of equipment used to introduce drugs into the human body

In 2000, Portugal decriminalized the use of all illicit drugs , and developed new policies on prevention, treatment, harm reduction and reinsertion. Users are referred to Commissions for Drug Addiction Dissuasion, which educate them, discourage them from consuming drugs and help them find treatment.

On Saturday in Winnipeg, May said health care in Canada must "accommodate, prepare and save lives."

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This year, a Statistics Canada report blamed stagnating life expectancy rates on deadly overdoses.

The Liberals have rejected calls to decriminalize all drugs, sticking instead with the legalization of marijuana — a 2015 campaign promise that was fulfilled last year.

Neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives have released their 2019 platforms, including on what they would do in the area of illicit drugs and how to reduce death rates.

The NDP's platform says the party would "commit to working with all levels of government, experts and Canadians to end the criminalization and stigma of drug addiction."

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