New Legislation for Safer Communities

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE New legislation introduced today (May 5th) by Justice Minister Murray Scott will tackle crime with more tools to help make Nova Scotia’s communities safer. A new Act to Combat the Production and Use of Illegal Drugs will allow government to regulate the storage, transportation, distribution and sale of ingredients, materials and equipment used in the production and use of illegal drugs. The Nova Scotia government is also working with law enforcement to create a drug strategy for Nova Scotians and this legislation will support that effort. The bill also requires people to notify authorities if they become aware of the loss or theft of certain ingredients, materials or equipment and if they have reason to believe that the health or safety of any child has been or is at risk from the production, manufacture, growth or use of illegal drugs. The province is also re-introducing the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods Act which allows communities to lay complaints to shut down neighbourhood locations that are home to prostitution or illegal liquor, drugs, or gaming. -30- Legislation introduced today, May 5, by Justice Minister Murray Scott will tackle crime by providing more tools to help make Nova Scotia’s communities safer. A new Act to Combat the Production and Use of Illegal Drugs will allow government to regulate the storage, transportation, distribution and sale of ingredients, materials and equipment used in the production and use of illegal drugs. “We have seen the devastation caused by crystal meth occurring in western provinces and the impact other illegal drugs have had on our province,” said Mr. Scott. “This legislation will allow us to put strict controls in place while introducing new penalties.” The Nova Scotia government is working with law enforcement and other key partners to create a drug strategy tailored to meet the needs of Nova Scotians and this legislation will support that effort. The strategy focuses on prevention, enforcement, reduction of harms, and treatment. Partners include the departments of Justice, Health, Health Promotion and Protection, Community Services, and Education. The bill also requires people to notify authorities if they become aware of the loss or theft of certain ingredients, materials or equipment and if they have reason to believe that the health or safety of any child has been or is at risk from the production, manufacture, growth or use of illegal drugs. “A great deal of work is underway to prevent and address illegal drug use in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Scott. “A Nova Scotia drug strategy and new legislation will tie these efforts together, and ensure we are doing all we can to address our current needs and prevent problems like the growth of crystal meth experienced by other provinces.” The province is also re-introducing the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods Act. Under the act, complaints from community members can result in court orders to close locations that are home to prostitution or illegal liquor, drugs, or gaming. A new investigation unit is being established to follow up on complaints and work with community members. “This act allows communities and the new investigation unit to work together to push criminal activity out of their neighbourhoods and away from their families,” said Mr. Scott. “These tools go hand in hand with other provincial action to address crime and improve the safety of Nova Scotians.” The province is also taking steps to ensure criminals do not profit by exploiting their criminal behaviour. The new Criminal Notoriety Act prevents criminals from making money by selling their stories and/or memorabilia from their crimes. “We want to make criminal behaviour a very unattractive option in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Scott. “That means tough measures to prevent crime along with strict penalties.”last_img read more

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