B.C. to Remove Criminal Penalties for Possession of Some Hard Drugs

Source: Amy Judd & Richard Zussman Global News, June 1, 2022

“Substance use is a public health issue, not a criminal one,” B.C. Minister Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson said.

British Columbia has become the first province to be granted an exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to remove criminal penalties for possession of some hard drugs.

The three-year exemption is for people who possess a small amount of certain illicit substances for personal use.

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