Drug Laws On Playgrounds Loosened After Canadian Ruling

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled Friday that drug addicts can not be prevented or stopped from using drugs in playgrounds and other child-friendly areas. According to the judge, forbidding these junkies from shooting up on a playground would cause “irreparable” harm.

His reasoning? That “public consumption and consuming drugs in the company of others is oftentimes the safest,” even if it’s in the presence of random and innocent children.

This sentiment coincides with the recent decriminalization of hard drugs in British Columbia last year, which is meant to work in concert with its socialist New Democratic Party (NDP) regime pilot program until 2026.

The enacted program will provide over 2,300 drug users (with a history of overdosing) in the province, to be exempt from federal law, and will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 grams of any illicit substance including cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, meth, and ecstasy. For obvious reasons, this initiative instantly proved to be problematic.

Vice President of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson noted that the authorities have been getting “feedback from our communities about the need to ensure police have appropriate tools to address areas of concern, which prompted the BC Association of Chiefs of Police to advocate Health Canada to add additional exceptions to the exemption.”

The main “areas of concern” that were referenced mainly include those frequented by children and minors, especially considering the recent spike of illicit drug use in schoolyards following decriminalization.

In response, the province ultimately pressured the federal government for an amendment to the law to ensure drug abusers weren’t shooting up within 49 feet of playgrounds, wading pools, skate parks, or spray pools.

Sources indicate this past September, the amendment to enforce federal drug laws in “child-focused spaces” was approved in British Columbia, and that they “requested this amendment from Health Canada to ensure that families feel safe in their community while continuing to use every tool available to fight the toxic-drug crisis and save lives.”

Unfortunately, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson acknowledged in a December 29th ruling that “ the social harms associated with public illegal drug use range from the loss of public space due to open drug use, to discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia, to drug-related criminal activity and decreases in real and perceived public safety.”

Hinkson claimed that “the attendant public safety risks are particularly concerning given that many of the restricted areas and places are frequented by seniors, people with disabilities, and families with young children.”

He therefore concluded that the amendment to prevent addicts from getting high in these areas would cause “irreparable harm” and its termination should be “characterized as a substantial public benefit.” According to The National Post, Hinkson inferred restrictions on where drug addicts could use drugs as a violation of “the right to life, liberty and security of the person.”