(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.
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of course they’ve ignored it. the war on some people who take some drugs is big business. private prisons is a growth industry.
plus there’s all those little Rambo wannabe shits running around, breaking down doors, shooting dogs all the time and people quite often that would be all upset if they had to stop.
the saddest part is that there are a number of very conservative voices lately speaking out against the so-called drug war and they’re being ignored as well.
guess all that hopey-changey stuff hasn’t kicked into gear yet, hm?
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