Let users carry certain amounts of drugs without criminal sanctions: Vancouver mayor

published on April 12, 2021 by Camille Bains in Vancouver Sun

The City of Vancouver has outlined the amounts of various drugs people should be allowed to carry as it seeks a federal exemption to decriminalize possession for personal use.

Its proposal to combat the overdose crisis is part of an application to Health Canada. It lists possession thresholds for four main drugs: opioids, cocaine, crack cocaine and amphetamines.

The recommended amounts for opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl, are listed as two grams; three grams are proposed for cocaine; one gram or 10 rocks for crack cocaine; and 1.5 grams for amphetamines. The amounts are based on long-term studies of drug users.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart said Monday the city has worked with police, the health authority’s chief medical health officer, drug users and experts to determine the three-day supply that would prevent people from seeking substances on a daily basis…

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