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Possessing small amounts of illicit drugs — including opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA — will be legal in B.C. beginning next year. Under an exemption to the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, people will be able to hold up to 2.5 grams. Drug users and advocates say the exemption doesn't go far enough to curb an overdose epidemic in the country. Others have been critical of the plan, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney who said in a statement on Tuesday that his government would be "monitoring the situation very closely." Our question this week: Should small amounts of drugs such as opioids or cocaine be decriminalized? How does the overdose problem in Canada affect you? Adrienne Rosen, whose daughter died of a drug overdose in 2018, on why she welcomes decriminalization of hard drugs; Gillian Kolla, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria, discusses what more needs to be done; Fiona Wilson, deputy chief of the Vancouver Police Department, on how police are preparing for the policy shift; and Carolyn Bennett, minister of mental health and addictions, discusses the government's decision to decriminalize hard drugs in B.C.