B.C.: Small amounts of some drugs now legal as province recorded 2,272 drug-related deaths in 2022
by The Canadian Parvasi
Small amounts of certain illicit drugs will no longer be illegal in British Columbia starting Tuesday as a part of a three-year exemption by the federal government of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) to the province.
Under the exemption, up to 2.5 grams of Cocaine (crack and powder), Methamphetamine, MDMA, and Opioids (including heroin, fentanyl and morphine) can be legally possessed by individuals over 18 years of age in the province.
The pilot is scheduled to last three years till January 31, 2026, unless it is revoked or replaced before the three years. The federal government will be monitoring the exemption throughout to ascertain its effectiveness, a spokesperson for Health Canada stated to media outlets.
“Adults removed from private establishments would not be subject to federal criminal charges for their personal possession of up to 2.5 grams of the illegal drugs listed in the exemption,” stated the B.C. ministry of mental health and addictions.
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