Life and Death of Decriminalization

March 1, 2021

So, episode 118 – 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.

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There are some positives in the government’s new justice bill – but a huge problem is the government’s response Canada’s deadly opioid epidemic. Where experts have recommended the decriminalization of drugs, the government is doubling down on diversion.

First, we hear from Tanya, who lost her brother to an overdose. Her tragic story highlights some of the major problems with the government’s diversion approach to addiction.

And then we talk with professor Daniel Bear about Bill C-22 and why we need to decriminalize all drugs now. Bear is a drug policy researcher and Professor of Criminal Justice at Humber College. His work focuses on drugs policy, with an emphasis on both cannabis, harm reduction, and community policing practices. He is the type of expert the government should be listening to.

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