Ex-health minister Philpott says federal government should back drug decriminalization in Vancouver
2020-11-20 from cbc.ca
Former federal health minister Jane Philpott is urging the federal government to "be bold" and approve Vancouver's pitch to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs to help stem a growing tide of overdose deaths.
She said the plan, which would require the federal cabinet's approval, is "a very good idea" that could save lives — although she worries about federal reluctance due to public anxieties about decriminalization.
"It's certainly the direction I think we should be taking and kudos on Vancouver for having some courageous steps in that direction," she told CBC News.
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced the proposal on Wednesday. He'll first need to get it approved by city council and then write to federal officials asking them to grant Vancouver an exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act allowing drug possession within city limits.
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