Top Canadian Police Association Says It’s Time To Decriminalize All Drugs

Top Canadian Police Association Says It’s Time To Decriminalize All Drugs

The top police chiefs association in Canada made a bold call for drug policy reform on Thursday, arguing that low-level possession should be decriminalized and substance misuse should be treated as a public health matter. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) said that its recommendation is motivated by an interest in reducing overdose deaths and promoting treatment. This announcement comes two years after the organization created a commission tasked with studying decriminalization, the results of which were released in a new report. “Canada continues to grapple with the fentanyl crisis and a poisoned drug supply that has devastated our communities and taken thousands of lives,” CACP President Adam Palmer said in a press release. “We recommend that enforcement for possession give way to an integrated health-focussed approach that requires partnerships between police, healthcare and all levels of government.“ Today, we released our report endorsing the decriminalization for simple possession of illicit drugs. / Aujourd'hui, nous avons publié notre rapport qui appui la décriminalisation pour simple possession de drogues illicites. https://t.co/joGw3A4exr pic.twitter.com/xD4sfg31lZ — CACP / ACCP (@CACP_ACCP) July 9, 2020 In addition to decriminalizing simple possession of currently illicit drugs, CACP said additional resources should be invested into treatment and social services in order to divert people away from the criminal justice system. That said, the group stressed it would continue to go after those who engage in drug trafficking, manufacturing and importation. “While law enforcement continues to be required to stop those putting poisoned and illegal substances on…

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