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CANADIAN DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES STRATEGY - BILL C-37 AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES ACT AND TO MAKE RELATED AMENDMENTS TO OTHER ACTS By Timothy M. Smith, CACP Government Relations and Strategic Relations BACKGROUND: The Government of Canada has committed to taking a compas- sionate, collaborative, comprehensive, and evidence-based approach to drug policy. Bill C-37 proposes to amend the CDSA to reduce the burden on communities who wish to apply for an exemption to operate a supervised consumption site. The proposed amendments would streamline and simplify the application criteria, while ensuring that community consultation continues to be an integral part of the process. Bill C-37 proposes to prohibit unregistered importation of designated devices such as pill presses and encapsulators that may be used in the illicit manufacture of narcotics. The bill also proposes to amend the Customs Act to remove the exception currently placed on border officers to only open mail weighing more than 30 grams, so that officers could open international mail of any weight, should they have reasonable grounds to suspect the item may contain prohibited, controlled or regulated goods. The Government is also proposing a number of other amendments to the CDSA that would modernize the legislative framework for controlled substances to provide inspectors with new monitoring and enforcement tools. These proposed amendments support Health Canada's Opioid Action Plan, which was announced by the Minister of Health in June 2016 and updated in the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis signed at the Opioid Summit in Ottawa on November 19, 2016. On April 6, 2017, CACP President Directeur Mario Harel appeared with Supt. Paul Johnston, Co-Chair – CACP Drug Advisory Committee, before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. WHAT WE SAID: Directeur Harel and Supt. Johnson highlighted that we have an opioid crisis that has led to greater than 900 drug overdose deaths in B.C. in 2016 alone. It is rapidly moving eastward wreaking havoc on the most innocent of victims. This often consumes the daily lives of our officers. The death rate, addictive qualities, potential for profit far exceed anything we have ever before seen. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS 42 CACP 2017 Annual Review CACP GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

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