What is Stimulus Connect
Stimulus Connect is not just another webinar, it is an opportunity for Canadian stakeholders in harm reduction and drug policy to come together, learn, and network on specific topics. We strive to provide an online space where authentic connections are made on issues that affect us all. In addition to pulling together key contacts to discuss the topic we also gather related journal articles, resources, media and tools and provide these resources along with the #StimulusConnect recording on our website.
#StimulusConnect topics are curated in consultation with the Stimulus National Implementation and Planning (SNIP) Committee and their Executive Committee. A group of key stakeholders are then brought together to collaboratively plan the content, speakers and methods of each event. As with other Stimulus program activities we work from a framework of Nothing About Us Without Us. Stimulus Connects include English/French simultaneous interpretation.
Thresholds and Necessity Trafficking
Stimulus Connect 16
January 20, 2022
10am – noon Pacific/Yukon | 11am – 1pm Mountain | noon – 2pm Central | 1 – 3pm Eastern | 2 – 4 pm Atlantic | 2:30 – 4:30pm Newfoundland & Labrador
Decriminalization Done Right: A Rights-Based Path for Drug Policy was collaboratively developed by 21 civil society groups composed of people who use drugs and their respective organizations as well as non-governmental organizations throughout Canada. The platform was released to the public in December 2021; and since its release, many individuals who share its vision for drug policy reform in Canada have endorsed its call to action.
One of its key recommendations relates to necessity trafficking and drug thresholds, and it has become increasingly clear that there is a lack of understanding in both areas. Why are they misunderstood by so many Canadians yet imperative to people who use drugs? Stimulus Connect 16 aims to clear this confusion.
Our expert panel will explain how thresholds and necessity trafficking preserve life rather than feeding the war on drugs and will answer attendee questions.
Please join as we connect.
- Journal Article: Too Many Hats? The Role of Police Officers in Drug Enforcement and the Community, January 2022
- Resource: Alternative Model to Drug Criminalization in Toronto, January 2022
- Platform: Decriminalization Done Right: A Rights-Based Path for Drug Policy: Canada’s first civil society platform for the decriminalization of drugs developed by 21 national organizations and people at the centre of the drug poisoning/overdose crisis, December 2021
- Organizational Sign On: National Civil Society Decriminalization Platform Sign-On
- Media: Toronto Board of Health votes to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illegal drugs, December, 2021
- Blog: R v Ellis: A New Frontier for Sentencing Drug Trafficking Offences. November 2021
- Podcast: Crackdown
- Previous Stimulus Connect: Stimulus Connect 14: Drug Decrim Canada, September 2021
- Resource: Read Between the Lines. September 2021
- Report: ACT NOW! Decriminalizing Drugs in Vancouver, September 2021
- CAPUD‘s decriminalization litigation
- Manuscript: How to decriminalize drugs: the design features of a non-criminal response to the personal possession of drugs, August 2021
- Media: Thresholds for 15 drugs outlined in decriminalization plan sent by Vancouver to Health Canada, June 1, 2021
- Tool: Comparing models of drug decriminalisation
- Interactive Map: Drug Decriminalisation Across the World, June 2021
- Expert Task Force on Substance Use: Reports
- Journal Article: Proposals for Decriminalization of Illicit Drug Use: Considering a Combination of déjà-vu, Diversion and Devil-with-many-details for Health-oriented Policy Reform, May 2021
- Report: Drug Decriminalisation: Progress or Political Red Herring? Assessing the Impact of Cirrent Models of Decriminalisation on People Who Use Drugs, April 2021
- Letter: Threshold amounts in Vancouver’s application to decriminalize drug possession (A joint open letter of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and Pivot Legal Society), March 15, 2021
- Journal Article: Policy Brief: CSAM in Support of the Decriminalization of Drug Use and Possession for Personal Use, March 2021
- Statement: Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users & Pivot Legal Society Joint Statement: We Support a Vancouver Motion to Request a Federal Exemption to Fully Decriminalize Drug Possession, November 2020
- Tool: Decriminalizing People Who Use Drugs: A primer for municipal and Provincial Governments, November 2020
- Report: The impact of arrest and seizure on drug crime and harms: A systematic review, September 2020
- Journal Article: Drug Decriminalization: A Matter of Justice and Equity, Not Just Health, January 2020
- Guidelines: International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy, May 2019
- Report: Is Decriminalisation Enough? Drug User Community Voices from Portugal, September 2018
- Journal Article: Visual and narrative representations of mental health and addiction by law enforcement, July 2015
- Resource: A New Approach to Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada: Canadian Public Health Discussion Paper, May 2014