Halifax group distributes free cannabis in effort to reduce opioid use

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Every Monday, Chris Backer and a group of Halifax volunteers can be found in front of the former St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School on Maitland St., handing out free weed. The packages contain an assortment of cannabis products — edibles, capsules, joint rolling kits and more. Backer told CBC that the group, the East Coast Cannabis Substitution Program, distributes more than 200 packages every week. “It’s breaking the cycle of addiction,” he said. “Cannabis has been documented to be very successful and is an adjunct to try to help beat addiction.” Vancouver-based study finds that cannabis can be a “reverse gateway drug” Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police calls for decriminalization of simple drug possession Great ‘green’ broom sweeps across the U.S., clearing the path to legalize weed in several states The group draws inspiration from the Cannabis Substitution Project in B.C., which has been distributing free cannabis packages for more than three years. Like Backer’s group, the organization relies on donations from local businesses and volunteers. “A lot of us have come off of our own addiction because of cannabis,” Backer said. “So it’s one of those things that if you know it works, how can you not help people with…

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