PHS Community Services Society v. Canada (Attorney General) and Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users v. Canada (Attorney General)

The recent decision of the B. C. Supreme Court granted a supervised injection facility, Insite, located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a permanent constitutional exemption from prosecution under federal drug laws. The judgment asserted that sections of Canada’s drug laws against possession and trafficking in illegal narcotics were unconstitutional. The BCCLA was an intervenor in these cases and has a long-standing commitment to advocating for safe and sensible drug policies. Canada has appealed the ruling. A hearing at the BC court of appeal has been scheduled for April 2009.