If you support cannabis legalization, here’s why you should also support Overdose Prevention Sites
By Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition
The decriminalization of cannabis has long been at the forefront of drug policy reform. Cannabis advocacy has existed for decades, and as a result, thirty-three states and the District of Columbiahave passed laws broadly legalizing cannabis in some form, and an end to federal prohibition is no longer a pipe dream. Despite the persistence of federal drug war policies, advocates and legislators have implemented state programs that work in defiance of the Controlled Substances Act. Yet many cannabis activists shy away or dissent completely when conversations shift to decriminalizing the use of other drugs such as current national conversations about Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS), also known as safer consumption spaces where people can use pre-obtained drugs in sterile spaces with immediate access to life saving interventions.