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BC blocks law restricting public consumption of certain substances

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British Columbia Supreme Court suspends enforcement of new provincial law against public consumption of illegal substances.

The ruling in favor of the Harm Reduction Nurses Association imposes a temporary injunction until March 31, 2024. The judge said that ;#x27;irreparable harm will be caused if the law comes into force.

In the eyes of the Court, the new law adopted in November by the provincial government risks accentuating the opioid crisis instead of alleviating it.

The Law Restricting the Public Consumption of Illegal Substances allows for fines and imprisonment for people who refuse to comply with police orders not to consume drugs in certain public places.

In the province, every day, six people lose their lives due to&# x27;an overdose.

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If this law takes effect, irreparable harm may be caused to at-risk people, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson said.

The Court wishes to take the time to analyze the implications of such a decision.

Using drugs in public or in the company of other people is often the easiest and most safer for an individual, given the lack of indoor spaces and supervised consumption services to do so.

A quote from Christopher Hinkson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of B.C. -B.

We were concerned about the impact of this law on people's health and lives, as well as its threat to fundamental individual rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, explains Corey Ranger, president of the AIIRM.

The bill introduced in October by Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth and adopted in November, aims in particular to prohibit the consumption of decriminalized substances on sports fields, beaches, provincial and municipal parks.

This law cannot be compared to those surrounding the consumption of alcohol, nicotine or cannabis in public places, because our governments have still not regularized the supply [of decriminalized drugs]. Their power and composition are unknown, recalls DJ Larkin, lawyer for AIIRM.

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The overdose crisis continues to worsen in British Columbia and across the country.

Since the temporary decriminalization of certain illicit drugs took effect in British Columbia almost a year ago, it has been illegal to possess drugs in the following locations:

Several cities have urged the provincial government to tighten these bans.

In September, the British Columbia government received approval from Ottawa to ban illicit drugs near play parks and certain spaces frequented by children.

In British Columbia, four types of drugs are the subject of the federal exemption since the beginning of 2023:

Adults in possession of less than 2.5 grams of these drugs are not arrested or charged. Their drugs are not seized.

With information from The Canadian Press

With information from The Canadian Press

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Teilor Stone

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116