Portugal decriminalized all personal drug use eleven years ago (July 2001). More than a decade later, Portugal has gone from making criminals of some 100,000 drug using citizens, to humanely treating 40,000 for drug addiction. The result of this 11-year experiment has been to cut drug abuse rates in half.
This flies in the face of a favorite canard of prohibitionists when arguing against drug decriminalization or any reform – that decriminalizing drugs will lead to more drug use …More