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In response to the ongoing overdose epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Canadians, CAPUD is suing the government of Canada to remove the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) penalties (decriminalize) all forms of drug possession and some forms of drug trafficking. These criminal penalties create various harms for people who use drugs (PWUD) and prevent PWUDs from accessing medical treatment and harm reduction.
The Legal Case
CAPUD is seeking to have all references to drug possession struck from the CDSA. CAPUD and the co-plaintiffs are also seeking to have references to drug trafficking (the sale of drugs) interpreted to remove trafficking when a PWUD traffic drugs due to necessity. Necessity might include situations where a PWUD sells a supply they have guaranteed is safe or when they sell solely to make enough money to support themselves.
Full decriminalization across Canada for several drug activities (possession and necessity trafficking) is needed to stop the deadly epidemic. Notice of Civil Claim located in hyperlink here: Notice of Civil Claim
Please consider donating to this cause to help support CAPUD and these brave individuals with this litigation or sharing this gofundme page to spread the word about the action and the movement for drug decriminalization. To learn more, please go to drugdecrimcanada.com or watch for the hashtag #DrugDecrimCanada on social media.
Canada was experiencing a massive wave of overdoses, but with 2020 came the COVID-19 pandemic which made unprecedented impact on people's lives.
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Facilitating meaningful inclusion of people who use drugs by offering attendance alone is a fail. Rather, people who use drugs must be stakeholders with equal standing in all aspects of implementing conferences and events
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Stimulus Connect 5 features Canadians who use drugs sharing how they want safe supply delivered. What does autonomy and access within safe supply mean? Please join us as we connect and learn from their experience in advocating for, trying to access safe supply and living with safe supply.
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There are a range of factors, and layers of overlapping oppression including sexism, racism, and classism, that lead women to need women-centred harm reduction programs and policies responsive to their lived realities.
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