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Legal limbo: BC NDP wait for Feds to recriminalize public drug use

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Written By Keith Norbury
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Reacting to public backlash and stymied in its attempts to restrict illicit drug use, the B.C. provincial government backtracked on decriminalization last week, asking the federal government to make public consumption illegal. But whether this strategy will work or withstand court challenges any better than B.C.’s previous ill-fated legislation remains to be seen. Premier David […]

Safe supply now part of organized crime business, says BC RCMP commander

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Written By Fran Yanor
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B.C. and federal government-funded safer supply drugs are being sold into the illicit drug market and trafficked in multiple B.C. communities by organized crime, the commanding officer of the province’s RCMP “E” Division told the Canadian parliamentary health committee on Monday. “In many cases, safer supply drugs may be diverted from one area through the […]

Prescription drug transactions seen outside drugstores in five BC cities

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Written By Fran Yanor
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Three weeks after the Eby government pushed back against allegations safer supply diversion was a widespread problem, a RCMP surveillance operation revealed trafficking of safer supply pharmaceuticals outside a Prince George drugstore, and a Northern Beat investigation confirmed a similar pattern of behaviour in front of drugstores in four more cities. “I am confident that […]

RCMP gag order issued after BC NDP catch heat for diverted safe…

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Written By Fran Yanor
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In the wake of several high-profile police drug seizures of suspected safer supply that put the BC NDP government on the defensive last month, BC RCMP “E” division issued a gag order on detachments, directing them to run all communications on “hot button” public safety issues through headquarters in the lead-up to the provincial election. […]