City of Toronto Asks Trudeau Gov’t to Decriminalize Hard Drugs Despite Policy’s Failure in BC – Clare Marie Merkowsky 5/2/24


The city of Toronto is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to decriminalize hard drugs. 

In a March letter, Toronto city officials appealed to the Trudeau government to legalize all quantities of crack, cocaine, heroin, meth, and other hard drugs, despite warnings that it will bring increased chaos and violence to the city. Its reasoning is that people look askance at drug abuse and drug abusers, who then attempt to hide their habit.  

“The evidence demonstrates that criminalizing the possession of drugs for personal  use leads to discrimination and stigma, and contributes to people hiding their drug use from their  physicians, friends, family, colleagues, and community,” the document claimed.  

The letter, penned by Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, City Manager Paul Johnson, and Chief of Police Myron Demkiw requested that the Trudeau government decriminalize hard drugs for young people as well as adults. The application places no limit on the quantity of drugs which would be legally obtained.

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