Canadian Court Protects Junkies’ ‘Right’ To Inject On Playgrounds

Canada’s mad rush to legalize even the hardest drugs produced a predictable side effect — junkies shooting up in public spaces that include playgrounds filled with children. British Columbia authorities reacted with a simple law allowing police to tell drug users to vacate these areas.

But even that minor measure was too much for the far-left judiciary. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that banning junkies from children’s places would result in “irreparable” harm.

His logic? Consuming drugs around other people is more safe than shooting up alone. 

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

That apparently was not enough to warrant appropriate action. The justice instead ruled that restricting open drug use violated “the right to life, liberty and security of the person.”

Whether those other people affected by such behavior are small children was hardly a concern. 

Hinkson further asserted a popular belief among leftist circles that by criminalizing drug use, the government created the perception that such behavior is “deviant and shameful.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s socialist government decriminalized hard drugs in British Columbia in 2023 as part of a pilot program. Set to run for three years, users may possess up to 2.5 grams of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

B.C. officials pushed for an exemption to the policy to protect places frequented by children. These included playgrounds, pools and skate parks. This apparently ran counter to the priority of protecting hard drug users.

The plaintiffs said as much in their case against protecting playgrounds and other spaces.

The Harm Reduction Nurses Association claimed that any laws restricting drug use in public areas would result in driving abusers indoors or away from the public.

This in turn would boost “lone drug use” and thus the scourge of British Columbians dying of overdoses. A sad state of affairs to be certain, but are small children or the elderly supposed to intervene when a junkie injects the wrong dosage?

 

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