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Portugal decriminalized possession of all drugs in 2001, making it so anyone caught canada goose uk black friday with a small amount with no evidence of trafficking faces possible fines or referral to treatment programs not jail. The results are encouraging: Portugal canada goose uk outlet averages three drug related overdoses per million people, considerably lower than the average Canada Goose Jackets of 17.3 per million people across the European Union.

“It canada goose clearance became essentially an administrative offence,” Oscapella says. Even if a person was brought before a drug dissuasion committee, the focus was on health care: is your use problematic? Is there an underlying condition that can be treated?

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canada goose coats on sale In addition to decriminalization, Portugal also took the responsibility for drug policy away from the ministry of justice and into the hands of the ministry of health. For Canada to make a similar shift, he says, would require a change in thinking. canada goose coats on sale

buy canada goose jacket cheap “We’ve had basically 110 years of prohibition in this country,” Oscapella says. buy canada goose jacket cheap

“There’s been an enormous amount of propaganda about the supposed successes of law enforcement Canada Goose Parka and buy canada goose jacket the need to rely cheap canada goose uk on law enforcement as the principal vehicle for dealing with drugs in society.”

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“I know people described it as political suicide but I don’t think those days are here anymore,” says Jordan Westfall, president of The Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs.

It isn’t just about marijuana, he notes. Safe consumption sites mean there are already pockets of space where drug canada goose uk shop use is decriminalized across the country.

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“It obviously works very well.” Westfall says, “so think about it geographically, canada goose coats on sale it’s just extending it.”

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canada goose coats Last fall, the Canadian Public Health Association released a position statement making it clear that current attempts to curtail Canadian drug consumption aren’t working and alternative cheap Canada Goose approaches are needed. canada goose coats

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cheap Canada Goose The Canadian Mental Health Association echoed those calls for decriminalization in its own position paper released earlier this year. cheap Canada Goose

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But even with support from Prime Minister Justin canada goose factory sale Trudeau’s own backbenchers, the federal government doesn’t seem inclined to decriminalize drug possession. In April, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said that what works for Portugal wouldn’t work in a larger uk canada goose outlet country like Canada, where the governments share responsibility for health care delivery with 10 different provinces.

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