Take the drugs, throw them in rehab. No need to decriminalize it, simply change the sentence for it. Create a special court that can send them to rehab within a day or two. Hold them in jail until they receive that sentence. Leaving them on the street shooting up does nothing to protect the rest of the community who doesn’t deserve to be exposed to it. Coupled with the rampant crime some of these addicts commit, usually the drugs are a small part of the crimes they are actively committing.
Cops aren’t supposed to be fixing anything. Their job is to enforce the law. Fixing this problem requires a ton of resources, health care professionals, education, rehab, etc. Cops are at the opposite end of the spectrum dealing with the consequences of society not dealing with it. There is no silver bullet to this problem but decriminalizing it without making actual solutions will just result in more addicts. I feel this is going to be a massive failure, BCs healthcare system is already in dire straits.
Alcohol fuelled violence does exist however it is substantially more controlled than heroin or fentanyl. It is a lot more predictable on someones mental state than meth. It can be a evil but there is a substantial difference between alcohol and meth. How many people try meth and don’t get addicted vs how many people try alcohol and do?
As keen as you are to discard the presumption of innocence and the right to bail unless crown shows cause why you shouldn’t, these just aren’t approaches that would at all survive legal challenge. The only way Court is truly expedited is if someone pleads guilty quickly. Otherwise they have a right to full disclosure of the case against them, they have a right to meaningfully instruct defense counsel, and a simple reality is lawyers and courts aren’t sitting there with empty schedules. It’s uncommon to see a criminal trial booked less than a year out. And until you’re convicted, you’re innocent of the crime(s) you’re accused of. Short of someone being denied bail on the grounds established in our laws, we don’t get to just toss someone in jail til court’s done with them. Simple possession is almost never going to hit that threshold.