Decriminalization Done Right: A Rights-Based Path for Drug Policy

Posted on January 6, 2022 in Child & Family Policy Context

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December 8, 2021 (January 6, 2022)    By Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

Canada’s first civil society platform for the decriminalization of drugs developed by 21 national organizations and people at the centre of the drug poisoning/overdose crisis

Punitive drug laws and policies aimed at ending illegal drug use have failed; and worse, they have done catastrophic harm to communities and society. These laws have fuelled stigma; epidemics of preventable illness and death; poverty; homelessness; and widespread, systematic, and egregious violations of human rights. Recognizing the many lives that have been lost and ruined to the state-sanctioned “war on drugs,” we must act to end the harm. Decriminalizing personal drug possession and necessity trafficking are fundamental, necessary steps towards a more rational and just drug policy grounded in evidence and human rights. It is a change that is long overdue…

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Advocating for public health- and human rights-based drug policy grounded in evidence, compassion, and social justice

Decriminalization Done Right: A Rights-Based Path for Drug Policy


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