B.C.'s top court rejects province's attempt to appeal temporary halt of public drug use law

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B.C.’s top court has rejected the provincial government’s attempt to appeal a pause imposed during a legal challenge of a law restricting illicit substance use in many public spaces.

The Court of Appeal decision on the case brought by Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth was released Friday, a ministry spokesperson confirmed.

It upholds a three-month temporary injunction — ordered Dec. 29 by B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson — against enforcing the Restricting Public Consumption of Illegal Substances Act, which was passed in November.

Despite the fact the judge “declined to grant the province leave to appeal,” the ministry said, it will continue fighting for its law, arguing it aims to help drug

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