Psychedelic Decriminalization, Data Privacy, Patents, and Colorado’s Natural Medicine Advisory Board
Drug decriminalization expands & draws new criticisms, journalists respond to Oregon psychedelic surveillance plan, chemists opine on secondary patents, and Colorado appoints an advisory board
On January 31, possessing small amounts of certain controlled substances will no longer be a criminal offense in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. Health Canada, the agency responsible for national health policy, has granted B.C. an exemption to Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
According to the B.C. government, “we’re decriminalizing personal possession of some drugs” as “a critical step in B.C.’s fight against the toxic drug crisis.” Thanks to Leonard Pickard for bringing this to my attention.
B.C.’s plan is part of a trend to reduce criminal penalties associated with possessing controlled substances like psychedelics. Portugal was the first country to systematically reduce criminal penalties in 2001 while simultaneously investing in harm reduction and substance use treatment services.
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