Drug activist wants users to mail him samples for testing
May 01, 2019 | CTV News Vancouver

Many people know Dana Larsen as a dispensary owner and one of the organizers of 4/20 Vancouver, but now the long-time cannabis activist is launching a new service aimed at users of harder drugs. Larsen has bought a $40,000 spectrometer that can analyze a few milligrams of a substance and fairly accu...

B.C. doctors look to Portugal for drug decriminalization lessons
May 01, 2019 | CBC News (BC)

Thousands of health officials and advocates, including top B.C. doctors, are gathered in Portugal this week to talk about addressing the overdose crisis though decriminalization. Portugal has long been hailed for its progressive policies on drugs, which have been decriminalized since 2001. “Th...

Addiction experts decry ban on cannabis sales in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
April 25, 2019 | CBC News (BC)

Cannabis was legalized in Canada last year, but that hasn’t made it easier for people who want to buy weed on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Health workers and addiction experts say new municipal rules and licensing regimes are leaving people at the epicentre of the country’s o...

Overdose crisis: B.C.’s top doctor calls for decriminalization of drug possession for personal use
April 24, 2019 | Vancouver Sun

B.C.’s top doctor on Wednesday unveiled a bold proposal to slow the overdose crisis by decriminalizing the possession of drugs for personal use, but the provincial public safety minister says he won’t run afoul of federal laws to make such a change. In a special report, Provincial Health Officer...

Family and friends gather to remember loved ones who died of overdose
April 23, 2019 | Times Colonist

Janice Walker tried to hold back tears Tuesday as she lit a candle for her son who died of a drug overdose. Walker, 47, lost her middle child, Joe, on Dec. 11, 2016. He was 25. He experimented with drugs at age 14 and became a high-functioning addict until an opioid prescription for dental surgery s...

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