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Vancouver councillor proposes better access to legal weed over hard drugs in DTES (Dr. M-J Milloy + Dr. Evan Wood)

photo from CTV's Steve Saunders shows the interior of the province's first legal recreational marijuana retail store.
photo from CTV's Steve Saunders shows the interior of the province's first legal recreational marijuana retail store.

For Downtown Eastside residents, accessing legal marijuana as an alternative for harder drugs is not an easy task.

However a Vancouver city councillor is trying to change that, by ending a three-year-old exclusion zone keeping a potential low-cost, legal opioid alternative out of the area, and creating new “regulatory options and potential pathways” for a community still deep in the grips of the country’s opioid crisis.

The councillor cites a recent study by University of British Columbia cannabis science specialist Dr. M-J Milloy, which revealed hard drug users on methadone or suboxone treatment plans were more than 20 per cent more likely to still require additional opioid treatment therapy at the six-month mark, than if they were using marijuana as an alternative.

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