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Northwest and West coast governments have acknowledged that the current legal deterrents and consequences do more harm than good: fines being impossible to collect alongside being inadequate deterrent, jail and prison exacerbating the situation and not resulting in holding people for very long anyway. Costing taxpayers even more when they do hold people for long.

They have not reached consensus on what to replace the deterrents with, so now there is a void and no oxygen to even criticize the outcome.

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