Changing Minds on Decriminalization

June 22, 2022

So, episode 134 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

Your weekly law podcast (that only sporadically releases episodes) is back!

Emilie and Mike do a 15 minute rapid fire review of all everything that has happened since the last episode and then Mike is joined by law professor and former Special Adviser and Legal Counsel to  Prime Minister Steven Harper Ben Perrin.

During his time in politics Perrin was a tough on crime true believer, but he has changed his mind – especially when it comes to drugs, the opioid epidemic, and decriminalization.  Mike and Ben talk about that evolution in thinking and how Canada’s current drug policy of criminalization is contributing to a deadly overdose epidemic.

Read Perrin’s oped in the Calgary Herald: I used to agree with Kenney and Poilievre on criminalizing drug users, but I was wrong

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