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Ottawa appealing B.C. court ruling on drug-injection site

As expected, the federal government is appealing to the Supreme Court that allows Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site to stay open despite breaking federal drug laws.

On Jan. 15, the B.C. Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that said services provided at InSite are under the provincial jurisdiction, not federal jurisdiction, effectively allowing the site to operate indefinitely.

Mark Townsend, executive director of PHS Community Services, which runs InSite, said this latest appeal is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

“The courts have now ruled twice in favour of InSite,” said Townsend.

“Last time, they thought the feds were so out of line they made them pay all the costs … There is overwhelming scientific proof that supervised injection sites work.”

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