New NDP leader to push his party to make decriminalization of all drug possession a part of their platform.
Jagmeet Singh wants Justin Trudeau to decriminalize all drugs, which he says would help fight the opioid crisis.
Singh says the opioid crisis should be handled as a “social justice” issue, rather than a criminal justice issue. Such a large change would be very controversial, and it will be interesting to see if NDP members are willing to make that leap at their next policy convention in February.
During the NDP leadership race, Singh said“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’s policy would mean meth and heroin would be decriminalized, and would put him offside with both the Liberals and Conservatives. The Trudeau government has said that they are not considering the decriminalizing of other drugs after legalizing marijuana, while the Conservatives have criticized marijuana legalization and advocate a tough on crime policy.
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