Marijuana advocates warn NDP plans for decriminalization would leave organized crime in control
September 21, 2015 | The Georgia Straight

In November 2001, Kash Heed stood before the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs and outlined why his police department had essentially stopped arresting people for marijuana possession. “It was de facto decriminalization,” the retired commanding officer of the Vancouver police dru...

Psychedelics could trigger a ‘paradigm shift’ in mental health care
September 17, 2015 | The Huffington Post

Is American medicine on the brink of a psychedelic revolution? It’s seeming more and more likely. A scientific review of the existing research into the therapeutic applications of psychedelics, published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, highlights the enormous potential o...

Langley missing out on needle education: Councillor
September 17, 2015 | 24 Hours (Vancouver)

Langley city council voted down a motion Sept. 14 to have staff report back on advice and recommendations on the viability of a needle exchange program – leaving one councillor concerned about their lack of understanding regarding harm-reduction practices. … UBC professor of medicine Tho...

Minimizing exposure
September 16, 2015 | Health Canal

Dr. Dan Werb wants to prevent potential injection drug users from ever starting, by limiting their exposure to experienced injection drug users. He also wants to increase the opportunities people who inject drugs have to find recovery support when they need it. Luckily, his new research may accompli...

Injecting compassion for drug addicts in prison
September 14, 2015 | The Peak

Moral superiority should not dictate whether an inmate lives or dies Injustices within prisons are disturbing, though not often thought of. The rights of those who bend or break the laws forced upon them are often forcefully disregarded, and inmates’ physical and emotional health is not a prio...

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