homosexual legitimazation and a raft of other New Age social causes.. unrecognizant of all moral conventions and notions of good and evil that have anchored our civilization since its inception.
There we go, I knew one of the brain dead conservatives on this board would be throwing down the "homosexual" card.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Minister was not following the law...the clause is written in the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.
The Supreme Court is interpreting the laws that Parliament has enacted. There are both scientific, and medical reasons for this exemption, and that's why the clause exists in that act...and if the Minister ignores that there are health benefits to the treatment provided at Insite and revokes the exemption, that is unconstitutional...something a great number here don't seem to understand.
All the Feds have to do at this point is withdraw Insite's exemption from harbouring illegal narcotics. Once the police are capable of investigating narcotics related issues inside the clinic, the facility will essentially cease to exist.
The healthcare angle is a superficial ruse, the only protective component was that the facility could 'contain' (via their client base) the actual narcotic.
Law enforcement should be focusing on keeping the stuff from getting to the streets in the first place. Going after people that visit Insite is a day late and a dollar short.
Saving lives is what matters to me. Addiction is far more complex than just the drug or actions someone takes.
I'm going to ask the patrons one question: "What do you need to help youself beat your addiction?"
How high on that list would be "spending time in the hoosegow"?
Let's say the average age of the subject is 30 and let's say he will be working for 30 years and paying taxes for 30 years and reducing the costs born by social services, courts, theft etc.
It's not going to be cost effective in a year or even five, that's for sure.
Hell, I'll buy...
But bear in mind, one of the key words here is "buy", as in legally purchased with all of the sin taxes in place along with PST and GST to placate the hand-wringing of the do-gooders out there.
Compared to the average Joe that has been working for the entire time, not dependent on the system AND not supporting criminal enterprises?
The $3 million I mentioned is solely for the operations of Insite, bear in mind that Insite is basically the Mecca for drug users and with that population attracted to that area, additional costs pile up like the increased man-power of the police to deal with the area, city crews to clean up the trash (needles, paraphernalia, etc) or the city, provincial and federal admin costs that are heaped onto the overall cost of Insite.
I an go on, but the #'s only get worse.
It won't ever be cost effective JLM. Fact is, Insite doesn't actively (aggressively) work to rehabilitate users, like RCS just pointed out, Insite enables these folks to continue down this path of destruction.
The cold-hearted analysis of this will support the notion that the longer an addict is using these substances and only consuming public resources (without any input), their relative costs go up in both the long and short term... In effect, Insite is dragging-out this process and costing the system more money overall as compared to the scenario that they didn't exist.
It is estimated that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide
every year. That's billions of cigarettes flicked, one at a time, on our
sidewalks, beaches, nature trails, gardens, and other public places every
single day. In fact, cigarettes are the most littered item in America
and the world. Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate tow, NOT COTTON,
and they can take decades to degrade. Not only does cigarette litter ruin even
the most picturesque setting, but the toxic residue in cigarette filters is
damaging to the environment, and littered butts cause numerous fires every
year, some of them fatal.
Does NB have "shower curtain" laws where cigarettes are kept out of view of kids? Does it work?
A legal history of smoking in Canada - Health - CBC News
Statistical look at cigarettes and Canadian smokers - Health - CBC News