Article by Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight
The leader of the B.C. Green party has said that the fentanyl crisis is a reason for Canada to have a national debate about legalizing drugs, including heroin.
“This is a very important discussion that we need to have,” Andrew Weaver told the Straight. “If you want to deal with organized crime in the drug area, legalization is the way forward. But we’re not ready for that here in Canada yet.”
Weaver is the MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and a distinguished climate scientist. He explained that while studies show that there are benefits to legalizing drugs both for individual addicts and society as a whole—improving people’s physical health and reducing crime, for example—the general public requires more time and education to better understand those issues and the controversial policies to which they relate.
Weaver emphasized he would not want the legal distribution and sale of narcotics to occur without improved access to treatment. He said that all three levels of government would need to coordinate on complimentary programs that must be deployed in conjunction with any legal system for the government distribution and sale of heroin.