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BC's public drug use legislation and the courts

Legislation that sought to ban public drug use in a number of spaces in British Columbia is currently in limbo following a decision from B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson.

The Restricting Public Consumption of Illegal Substances Act was passed in the legislature late last year and if not for the court decision in late December, it would have become law on January first.

People First Radio spoke about this case with Nicole Luongo of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, whose Executive director was one of the lawyers representing the Harm Reduction Nurses’ Association.

Since the interview was recorded, the province has appealed the decision.

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