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Vancouver Okays Crack-Pipe Vending Machines



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Vancouver has allowed vending machines to be installed allowing crack addicts to buy pipes. From the CTV story:

A non-profit organization has installed the country’s first-ever crack pipe vending machines in Vancouver in a new bid to halt the spread of disease in the city’s Downtown Eastside. The Portland Hotel Society has been operating two of the machines — which dispense Pyrex crack pipes in exchange for just $0.25 – in the Washington Market and the PHS’s Drug Users Resource Centre for the last six months. “For us, this was about increasing access to safer inahalation supplies in the Downtown Eastside,” said Kailin See, director of the DURC.

This dissipation ”harm reduction” was already discussed in San Francisco. Rejected — for now.

No, not The Onion. It’s Cabaret – and it is all around us. Who wants to bet we won’t see such crack-use enablement in the U.S. within five years? 



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