Monday, February 15, 2010
Near Olympics, Vancouver's (mostly) legal drug zone
ABOVE PHOTO: "A man helps a woman inject drugs in Vancouver on Friday near the stadium where the Winter Olympics' opening ceremonies were later held.
VANCOUVER - A gray-bearded man wearing an army fatigue jacket and a multicolored, multitassled jester's hat is dancing along Hastings Street, evading the crowds of people, some of whom join the glaze-eyed pied piper.
One of the street's several stores where marijuana paraphernalia is sold has a window sign that reads "Bongs not Bombs." And, at one unimposing storefront, addicts enter to legally inject themselves with heroin or methamphetamine.