(thanks to drug soup, Narco Polo and Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies)
Portugal – A Real “Land of the Free”
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized personal possession of all drugs. Opponenents predicted a “parade of horrors.”
Since 2001, drug usage rates in many categories have decreased. Most notable was the large decrease in the 13 – 19 age group.
From 2001 – 2005, marijuana usage was the lowest in the EU.
Drug-related disease and mortality rates have decreased.
There is no serious push to reverse policy as by virtually every metric, decriminalization has been a “resounding success.”
The American government and media have ignored this story.