Now Who’s Decriminalized

what’s happening is that they’re trying to preempt defunding the police. just like the BC police act review, conveniently announced the day before, which explicitly will not consider decriminalization as recommended last year by Dr Henry. And ignored.

That provincial committee is mandated to update & renew the police act and address systemic racism. The police mandated themselves to renew the police and always be necessary; and  they were in fact created as an occupying force, and so they remain. Because that is the system.

did you catch that palmer laughed when asked if this change would reduce police budgets and said 

“DefundThePolice is a hashtag, not a real plan” as the police presented their 14-page “proposal” to decriminalize drugs.

but “we’ll need more cops because what if we can’t tell all of you apart so no defunding here” is.  Really?

For example, police in countries that have decriminalized drugs must still enforce existing drug legislation,
playing a key role in diverting people with substance use disorder to treatment and other social support
services. While much of this would likely fall to frontline officers, drug enforcement units would continue
to conduct major investigations against drug traffickers and drug trafficking organizations. Such
investigations are usually complex and lengthy, requiring personnel and financial resources. In a
decriminalized regime, trafficking investigations may become more challenging, as traffickers will likely
carry smaller amounts of drugs, complicating the efforts of police to distinguish them from the individuals
using the drugs.

“we’ll need the same number of officers to stop the drugs from being made and getting to you and also to care for you, on the frontlines. and divert. with caring”

so the idea is to use users as bait for “dealers” but it’s as difficult to tell who’s who, the police will choose based on their training.

that’s the same as now

[here is their absurd report]

A decriminalization or diversion model will not provide any opportunity for police agencies to reduce their
operating budgets or staffing. Some have suggested that decriminalization would free up police officer time
and budgets could be reallocated to other priorities; however, police agencies must continue to resource
drug enforcement units dedicated to disrupting the illicit drug markets. Enforcement efforts must to be
directed on those individuals and organized crime groups that produce, import or distribute illicit drugs
into our communities. Furthermore, frontline officers would continue to be the first point of contact for
any diversion model. Therefore, time previously used to process criminal charges and attending court will
now be utilized to assist persons with problems substance use into pathways of care.

except much more manipulative and divisive which is such a shit thing to do when we’ve all lost so many friends

a memorial wall by Smokey D. dozens of names

no. i do not want police given the authority to divert people into treatment. 





In a decriminalized environment, frontline policing would likely assume increased responsibility to divert
people suffering from substance use disorder into treatment. It will be key in a Canadian context that
treatment facilities are established and operational ahead of decriminalization and have the capacity to take
in individuals diverted through police contact. This would be imperative, since “Diversion procedures that
increase administrative or resource requirements on police without providing necessary support are likely to
result in lower uptake and reduced impact.”18

I wonder who they will divert

chief palmer talked about how the VPD have a policy of not arresting people for simple possession, of taking a harm reduction approach. there are contradictions between this policy and practice.

Police board videos

they will still take people’s stuff: “When her regular dealer loses his dope to officers, Steinhauer is sometimes left scrambling and forced to buy drugs from someone she doesn’t know. Sometimes that means the drugs are contaminated.”

Canadian police chiefs recommend decriminalizing personal possession of illicit drugs


Vancouver police make 50,000 drug seizures in 29 months

The Vancouver Police Department has released data showing it has made 50,000 seizures of illicit and prescription drugs since January 2017.

market interventions

this would be the opposite of harm reduction. there are consequences when one’s assets are seized in an illicit survival economy 

know what i mean

if it was yours, you have to replace what the cops took and you never forget what you had to do. it’s your damn medicine. if you were working and that was inventory oh shit. replace it with something cheaper. who knows what anything is really.


citing those two in a report to the federal government that recommends serious changes that affect thousands of people’s lives – rather than (for example)

Drug Decriminalization: A Matter of Justice and Equity, Not Just Health – PubMed

or a comparative policy review

Depenalization, diversion and decriminalization: A realist review and programme theory of alterna…

How much did this FOURTEEN page report that involved international travel for team members and two years to produce cost?

how about police don’t make policy because the policy recommendation is always MORE POLICE

so this is a different approach to THE EXACT SAME THING. continue criminalizing with these laws made specifically to target Indigenous, Black, and Asian communities – that is, laws made to uphold white supremacy. Laws that enforce the drug war.

6. Canadian Legal Infrastructure
If decriminalization of the possession of illicit drugs occurred in Canada, it does not necessarily require
existing legislation be entirely repealed. For the purposes of decriminalization, drug-related offences
continue to remain illegal and do not require the entire removal of provisions under legislation such as the
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act or Criminal Code. Arguably,
decriminalization may be approached in a manner similar to diversion whereby criminal prosecution is not
pursued, but rather, there is an emphasis on rehabilitation through treatment and education.

this has nothing to do with drugs. you are deliberately missing the point. this is a diversion. this plan gives police more power. it does not decriminalize anything or anyone.