June 4, 2024
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#91 Flip-Flopping on Decriminalization
When B.C. decriminalized small amounts of drugs in January 2023, it was seen as a promising weapon in the battle against the drug crisis. In May, B.C. walked that policy back, saying it caused disorder in the streets.
Noor Azrieh
Producer
Caleb Thompson
Audio Editor
Karyn Pugliese
Editor-in-Chief

In a similar move, Toronto tried decriminalizing, but the feds quickly shot down their attempt. So what gives? Was this year-long experiment a disaster? Was it not given enough time to flourish? 

To find out, Mattea Roach asked professor Gillian Kolla, journalist Andrea Woo, and former drug user and advocate Guy Felicella.

Host:  Mattea Roach

Credits: Noor Azrieh (Producer), Sam Konnert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guests: Guy Felicella, Andrea Woo, Gillian Kolla

 

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