Portuguese drug policy shows that decriminalisation can work

But only together with improvements in health and social policies
LSE Blog (UK)
Monday, December 10, 2012

cannabis-lseThe Home Affairs Select Committee in the United Kingdom report on drug policy draws on lessons from Portugal’s decriminalisation of drug possession and puts forward a case for the UK reconsidering its own policies. Alex Stevens assesses the situation in Portugal, noting that while decriminalisation has coincided with a fall in the most problematic forms of drug use, it is not the only factor. (See also: Portugal: Ten Years After Decriminalization)