Canada court rules injection clinic is exempt from federal drug laws

The Canadian supreme court has ruled that Insite, a safer injecting facility in Vancouver, will be allowed to stay open. The court ruled that the facility was exempt from federal laws because closing it would prevent people who use drugs from accessing health services and would be to the detriment of public health and safety. The clinic has been granted exemptions from possession and trafficking legislation since it opened in 2003. In 2008, the Canadian government announced that further exemptions would not be made. The present ruling means that the government must continue to exempt the facility from selected federal drug laws.