Canadian Government Says They Will Not Decriminalize Any Drugs Beyond Marijuana

Canada is set to make history later this year by becoming only the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. But if you thought this move would lead to further liberalization of the country's drug laws, you're out of luck.

A spokesperson for Canadian Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says the country has no plans to decriminalize or legalize any other drugs besides marijuana. Officials from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal were calling on the federal government to decriminalize all drugs as part of an effort to combat the country's opioid crisis. But the spokesperson said that will not happen.

The spokesperson did note that the federal government has taken steps to help combat the country's opioid crisis. They mentioned that they've created access for opioid substitution therapies and created supervised consumption sites where people with addictions can safely use their drugs without the fear of overdose deaths.

Other health experts and politicians in Canada have pushed for a decriminalization of all drugs, particularly citing Portugal, a country that decriminalized all drug use in 2001 to great success. 

So while Canada may be ready to break down the barriers when it comes to cannabis, it appears the nation's top officials still need a little convincing when it comes to other drugs.

(h/t The Star)


As medical marijuana continues to gain ground across the US, more and more colleges are adding cannabis to their curriculum. In fact, more than half of America's pharmaceutical schools (62 percent) now teach students about medical marijuana according to a new survey conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy. "With more states legalizing medical marijuana, student pharmacists must be prepared to effectively care for their patients who may use medical marijuana alone or in combination with prescription or over-the-counter medications," the study's authors wrote.