As Canada experiences a growing epidemic of Fentanyl-related deaths, NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh is calling for the decriminalization of all drug possession.
This would include methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and more.
Singh made the comments during a debate, saying, “I can tell you that people who are charged with personal possession offences are often those who are poor, often those who have mental health issues and often those who are addicted. This does not sound to me like a criminal justice problem, that sounds to me like a social justice problem and a health-care problem. I would call for the decriminalization of all personal possession offences when it comes to drugs. Period.”
Singh, and those who support the idea, argue that the criminalization of drugs disproportionately impacts those who are poor or “marginalized.”
However, Singh’s argument is very arrogant, elitist, and insulting to low-income Canadians. Singh is implying that those who are poor are somehow unable to follow the drug laws.
It also fails to account for changing circumstances.
There was a time when I considered the idea of decriminalizing drugs as having merit. However, the massive rise in Fentanyl deaths should put an end to any consideration of making it easier to get hard drugs such as heroin.
If there was massive decriminalization, consider how much easier it would be for those drugs to spread even further, including into schools. It would make it easier for people to sell those drugs and get those drugs in the hands of others and get more people addicted.
And now, with Fentanyl showing up in all kinds of other drugs (often unbeknownst to the individual using), any softening of the drug laws could increase the number of drug deaths.
Instead, there must be far tougher punishments for those who sell drugs, and the government must maintain the incentives against drug use that can only come from the criminal justice system.
With that in mind, there should be increased resources for those who want to stop doing drugs and seek help. We should pay for that increased support by slashing foreign aid, and spend it on helping our own citizens instead.
But don’t expect Jagmeet Singh (or Justin Trudeau for that matter), to divert money from global causes to help Canadians in need. Instead, they’ll virtue-signal by proposing terrible policies instead of actually fixing problems.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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