Federal govt grants B.C. exemption to decriminalize personal drug possession – May 31, 2022

May 31, 2022 at 12:28 pm  Federal, Politics

In Vancouver, Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister of mental health and addictions, announces the federal government will exempt adults in British Columbia from criminal charges for the possession of certain drugs. The exemption will come into force on January 31, 2023, and will remain in place for three years. In addition, Bennett announces $11.78 million in funding for projects to combat substance abuse and addiction in British Columbia. Bennett is joined by Sheila Malcomson (B.C. minister of mental health and addictions), Nel Wieman (senior medical officer with the First Nations Health Authority), Bonnie Henry (B.C. provincial health officer) and Kennedy Stewart (mayor of Vancouver).

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