The “Vancouver Model” of decriminalization will set a dangerous precedent for drug users across Canada
published on May 3, 2021 by Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users in The Mainlander
VANDU Open Letter: The City’s current “Vancouver Model” of decriminalization will set a dangerous precedent for drug users across Canada
In November 2020, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed a motion to request that the federal government decriminalize the simple possession of illicit drugs in Vancouver. For over two decades, we at the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) have been fighting to end all forms of illicit drug criminalization and related policies that target drug users.
We have needlessly lost thousands of our family members, comrades, friends, and loved ones to the drug war. VANDU members were briefly vindicated and relieved by news of the City’s announcement, but the feeling was bittersweet. Too many have already lost their lives and we’ll never get them back. This long-overdue attempt to change the status quo came too little too late, and now the proposed changes risk worsening the situation for illicit drug users in Vancouver and across Canada…View the full article