Thursday, October 14, 2010

Guest Opinion: Drug decriminalization policy pays off

user81126_pic472925_1283219083 By GLENN GREENWALD

“Ten years ago, Portugal became the first Western nation to pass full-scale, nationwide decriminalization. That law, passed Oct. 1, 2000, abolished criminal sanctions for all narcotics — not just marijuana but also “hard drugs” like heroin and cocaine.”

AND HOW DID THAT TURN OUT?

“Portugal, whose drug problems were among the worst in Europe, now has the lowest usage rate for marijuana and one of the lowest for cocaine. Drug-related pathologies, including HIV transmission, hepatitis transmission and drug-related deaths, have declined significantly.”

Read more http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43544.html

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