Did Canada Legalize the Medicinal Use of Cocaine?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

  • Published 4 October 2019

Claim

Canada legalized the medicinal use of cocaine.

Rating

Labeled Satire
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Origin

On Sep. 20, 2019, Huzlers published an article positing that Canada legalized “the medicinal use of cocaine”:

Canada Legalizes Medicinal Cocaine

Canada became the first Western country to legalize the medicinal use of cocaine today. In a close 158-150 vote the House of Commons passed the Drug Policy Modernization Act (DPMA), which allows doctors to prescribe the drug to treat various medical ailments.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

“Huzlers is a Chicago based satirical news blog that focuses on celebrities, hip hop and urban entertainment.”

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