When I also explain why the Drug War causes additional crime and enriches mobsters, they almost always nod their heads in agreement but resist the obvious implication that we should decriminalize. The stumbling block in every case is that they fear decriminalization will lead to more drug use, more addiction, and more suffering families.
By Maia Szalavitz Sunday, Apr. Which European country has the most liberal drug laws? It's not the Netherlands. The correct answer is Portugal, which in became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
At the recommendation of a national commission charged with addressing Portugal's drug problem, jail time was replaced with the offer of therapy. Under Portugal's new regime, people found guilty of possessing small amounts of drugs are sent to a panel consisting of a psychologist, social worker and legal adviser for appropriate treatment which may be refused without criminal punishmentinstead of jail.
The question is, does the new policy work? At the time, critics in the poor, socially conservative and largely Catholic nation said decriminalizing drug possession would open the country to "drug tourists" and exacerbate Portugal's drug problem; the country had some of the highest levels of hard-drug use in Europe.
But the recently released results of a report commissioned by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, suggest otherwise.
The paper, published by Cato in April, found that in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled.
Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.
The most comparable figure in America is in people over Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.
The Cato paper reports that between and in Portugal, rates of lifetime use of any illegal drug among seventh through ninth graders fell from Lifetime heroin use among toyear-olds fell from 2.
In addition, the number of people on methadone and buprenorphine treatment for drug addiction rose to 14, from 6, after decriminalization, and money saved on enforcement allowed for increased funding of drug-free treatment as well. Portugal's case study is of some interest to lawmakers in the U.
Yet America has the highest rates of cocaine and marijuana use in the world, and while most of the E. Kleiman does not consider Portugal a realistic model for the U.
But there is a movement afoot in the U. Recently, Senators Jim Webb and Arlen Specter proposed that Congress create a national commission, not unlike Portugal's, to deal with prison reform and overhaul drug-sentencing policy. As Webb noted, the U.Check out the online debate Drug Legalization.
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