Hard Drugs Like Cocaine Are Now Legal In Canada
Today is a very interesting day in Canada.
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Today is the day that hard drugs like cocaine and heroin become decriminalized in Vancouver.
The government in Western Canada is trying something new to help reduce the number of people addicted to drugs in the region.
The government is trying to see if decriminalizing drugs like cocaine, heroin, and other opioids will make it easier for people to get treatment for addictions.
As of today, according to the website financialpost.com, the Canadian Government will not prosecute people who are arrested with less than 2.5 grams of certain drugs.
The province will no longer criminally prosecute adults age 18 and over who are caught with less than 2.5 grams of hard drugs, including heroin, morphine, fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA (aka ecstasy). Instead, they will be offered information on social programs and treatment, if they request it. Drug trafficking will remain illegal, regardless of the amount possessed. The experiment will last three years.
This policy is similar to policies that were enacted in Portagual in 2001 and in Orgenon in 2021.
Police and government officials are hoping that instead of sending people with drug addictions to jail or prison, giving them the option for treatment will lead to less addiction over time.