Vancouver councillor proposes better access to legal weed over hard drugs in DTES

published on May 27, 2019 by Spencer Harwood in CTV News Vancouver

For Downtown Eastside residents, accessing legal marijuana as an alternative for harder drugs is not an easy task.

However a Vancouver city councillor is trying to change that, by ending a three-year-old exclusion zone keeping a potential low-cost, legal opioid alternative out of the area, and creating new “regulatory options and potential pathways” for a community still deep in the grips of the country’s opioid crisis.

Coun. Rebecca Bligh tabled the motion titled “Cannabis as an Alternative to Opiates and More Dangerous Drugs on the Downtown Eastside,” which will be discussed at the next regular council meeting on May 28…

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