Decriminalization Done Right: A Human Rights and Public Health Vision for Drug Policy Reform

The current “Vancouver Model” sets a dangerous precedent—a system by police is for police, not the people it was intended to help. We need #DecrimDoneRight where policies are co-developed by people who use drugs.

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SIGN ON LETTER: As organizations and individuals committed to the liberation of people who use drugs, and progressive, rights-based drug policy reforms including decriminalization, we, the undersigned, call on the City of Vancouver to address three major concerns regarding its current application to the federal Health Minister to decriminalize simple drug possession locally. We also call on Health Canada and the federal Health Minister, Patty Hajdu, to refrain from imposing unnecessary and unjustified restrictions on any exemption issued to enable decriminalization in Vancouver or other municipalities or provinces that may follow suit, and we call on the Vancouver Police Department to stand down, vacate the process of decriminalization, and sign off on community-established thresholds [Read more]

#DecrimDoneRight involves co-development with people who use drugs.

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AIDS Network Kootenay Outeach and Support Society
Amnesty International Canada
Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec (AIDQ)
AVI Health and Community Services
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
BC Civil Liberties Association
Brockville’s Overdose Outreach Team
Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD)
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (National)
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy Vancouver
Canadian Psychedelic Association
Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation
Community-Based Research Centre
East Kootenay Network of People who Use Drugs
Harm Reduction Nurses Association
HIV Legal Network
Moms Stop the Harm
Pivot Legal Society
South Riverdale Community Health Centre (Toronto)
Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

About Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

Advocating for public health- and human rights-based drug policy grounded in evidence, compassion, and social justice