On Thursday (May 24), NPA councillor Rebecca Bligh advanced a motion to consider amending a prohibition on the sale of cannabis in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
These operations have thus far existed on charitable donations and volunteer efforts, and are led by harm reduction activists like Sarah Blyth. Now cannabis is legal, however, it creates potential avenues for these public services to operate through regulated channels with more consistent support.
If passed, the motion stands to advance the efforts of these programs and, at its crux, champions the findings of researchers like UBC professors Dr. M-J Milloy and Dr. Evan Wood, and Dr. Mark Tyndall, executive medical director the BC Centre for Disease Control. Their work over the last several years reinforces the role of cannabis, in various forms, in helping a recovering addicts manage symptoms of withdrawal, replace hard drugs, and increase the success rates of recovery.
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