Canadian bioscience company Sunshine Earth Labs announced it has been licensed to produce and sell cocaine.
The move has been done by the Federal Health Agency in a bid to improve safety conditions for the country’s addicts.
This comes after a radical policy shift to address an opioid overdose crisis that has killed many people, by decriminalizing small amounts of amounts of cocaine, heroin and other hard drugs.
Ottawa granted a criminal code exemption in January to British Colombia for the three year-pilot project, with aim of removing the vice associated with drug dose that keeps people from seeking help.
Supply Of Drugs
Advocates have also been wanting a push for safer supplies of drugs to be made available to addicts who face a risk of dying from toxic drug poisonings linked to illicit street drugs.
The lab in a statement said it received permission from Heath Canada to ‘legally possess , produce, sell and distribute coca leaf and cocaine,” as well as Morphine, ecstasy, and heroin.
The announcement comes after similar licensing arrangements were offered in February to Adastra labs, which had until now focused on crafting cannabis extracts.
The license offered to Adastra labs allows it to produce and sell psilocybin and psilocin-hallucinogens more commonly known as magic mushrooms
“We will evaluate how the commercialization of this substance fits in with our business model at Adastra in an effort to position ourselves to support the demand for a safe supply of cocaine,” CEO Michael Forbes said.
Canada has seen more than 10,000 overdose deaths since it declared a public health emergency in 2016.