United Nations Applauds Portugal's Drug Decriminilization

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Concerned with health issues such as increases in HIV and drug overdoses, in 2001 Portugal decriminalized the possession of small amounts of street drugs–not just marijuana but heroin, LSD, etc. At the time the United Nations expressed skepticism that this would work.   There was a fear that there would be an increase in drug tourism and drug use. However, according to a report recently released by the Cato Institute, “[Now] there is no real debate about whether drugs should once again be criminalized. More significantly, none of the nightmare scenarios touted by preenactment decriminalization opponents — from rampant increases in drug usage among the young to the transformation of Lisbon into a haven for “drug tourists” — has occurred..”

Just a few hours ago, a new report from the United Nations declares, “Portugal’s policy has reportedly not led to an increase in drug tourism…”It also appears that a number of drug-related problems have decreased.”

The Cahto Institute’s report explains that five years after the implementation of decriminialization, “…the number of deaths from street drug overdoses dropped from around 400 to 290 annually, and the number of new HIV cases caused by using dirty needles to inject heroin, cocaine and other illegal substances plummeted from nearly 1,400 in 2000 to about 400 in 2006.”

Common sense is now backed by hard facts.  Let’s stop the violence and the wasted lives.  Let’s decriminialize drug use.

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22 comments

  • I just read in the paper this week that marijuana has been linked to cancer, just as regular cigarettes. So I guess like many legal drugs, it has more than one down side.

  • The issue of marijuana legalization is gaining ground every day in this country. I believe it won’t be long before every state legalizes pot to some degree.

    That time isn’t that far off. Portugal points the way currently. The medicinal use of pot has gained a lot of ground. People are starting to see there’s more that just the medicinal use. Hemp has a whole slew of applications that can lead to manufacturing in the USA of numerous products.

    Good post Kym…

  • The issue of marijuana legalization is gaining ground every day in this country. I believe it won’t be long before every state legalizes pot to some degree.

    That time isn’t that far off. Portugal points the way currently. The medicinal use of pot has gained a lot of ground. People are starting to see there’s more that just the medicinal use. Hemp has a whole slew of applications that can lead to manufacturing in the USA of numerous products.

    Good post Kym…

  • How long do you think it will be before pot is legal?

  • How long do you think it will be before pot is legal?

  • Totally agree with you on this Kym.

    I didn’t know that about Portugal.

  • Totally agree with you on this Kym.

    I didn’t know that about Portugal.

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