IN THE NEWS-Island MPs trying to get across "sense of urgency" around decriminalization bill

MPs on Vancouver Island held consultation in Nanaimo last week as the federal NDP tries to drum up support for a bill to decriminalize drug possession. 

The NDP's critic for mental health and addictions, Gord Johns, and Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Lisa Marie Barron met with representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association and other social services agencies on Friday, March 11. 

Johns is holding consultation across the country after bringing forward a bill to decriminalize drug possession, provide a path for expungement of criminal records related to drug possession charges, and to develop a national strategy to manage overdose risk. 

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