Cannabis Regulation and the UN Drug Treaties: Strategies for Reform

As jurisdictions enact reforms creating legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively “medical and scientific,” tensions surrounding the existing UN drug treaties and evolving law and practice in…

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10 Points We Want Canada to Push For at the United Nations

On April 19 – 21, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, (UNGASS) took place in New York City. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the…

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Canadian Drug Policy Coalition/Canadian HIV / AIDS Legal Network Policy Briefs

Canada is known around the world as a leader in harm reduction. It is host to the first, and only supervised consumption site in North America, Insite, which has saved…

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Challenging Drug Prohibition

This report is a summation of a public forum of the same name held on May 17, 2014 at Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The event was a…

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The Vienna Declaration

A major focus of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna July 18 – 23, 2010 is the prevention of HIV as a result of injection drug use within the context of criminalization…

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Statement to the Bill C-2 Hearings

Bill C-2, also known as the Respect for Communities Act, was first introduced to the House of Commons on October 18, 2013. The bill is the government’s response to the September 2011…

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Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies That Work

This report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy calls on governments to rethink global drug policy, to take some immediate measures to address drug problems, and not to shy…

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Promoting Smart Policy on Drugs

Brief to the Canadian delegation to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) from Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Click here to view the full brief >…

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An Injection of Reason: Critical Analysis of Bill C-2

A joint brief with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network presenting our concerns about the federal government’s proposed Bill C-2 — which undermines the rights of people who use drugs to access lifesaving…

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Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response in Canada

In consultation with experts who work in frontline overdose prevention programs across Canada, this brief was developed to identify policy changes that can save lives and make Canada safer for all.
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INCREASING INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN DRUG CHECKING: HIGHLIGHTS FROM... June 30, 2017

This is a guest blog provided by Nazlee Maghsoudi. The Canadian Drug Policy attended HR17 and we are pleased to share this account of the conference.   With growing international attention…

insite vigil poem by the late Bud Osborn March 1, 2017

Last week, for the National Day of Action for the Overdose Crisis, we marched with 922 feathers, one for every life lost in BC in 2016. Our Executive Director, Donald MacPherson,…

In Memory of Raffi Balian February 22, 2017

Raffi Balian passed away on February 16, 2017 Raffi was one of the founding members of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC). He was very excited that the founding group…