Items tagged with portugal

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Comparing models of drug decriminalisation [31.12.2019] Decriminalisation refers to the repeal of laws and policies that define drug use and/or the possession of drugs for personal use as a criminal offenc...
Drugs in Europe: Not mind-stretching enough [17.06.2016] European countries’ reforms have lost momentum, or even slipped backwards. Most drug-policy experts consider this a shame. The reformist countries’ e...
Rethinking drug prohibition on a global scale [01.05.2016] Last month, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in history to reconsider international drug prohibition with an eye toward pol...
The old global consensus on the war on drugs is crumbling [09.04.2016] Once a decade, the United Nations organizes a meeting where every country in the world comes together to figure out what to do about drugs — and up t...
A Quiet Revolution [14.03.2016] This is the second edition of ‘A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Across the Globe’. The first edition was released in July 2012 and has sinc...
Decriminalizing drugs: When treatment replaces prison [07.12.2015] Cities all over the US are copying Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, in which police officers put low-level drug offenders into t...
Public to have say on legality of drugs [03.07.2015] The Irish public is being invited to have a say in what is thought to be the country’s first official examination of the decriminalisation of drugs f...
Why hardly anyone dies from a drug overdose in Portugal [04.06.2015] Portugal decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it -- Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small qua...
Justice minister calls for light drug legalisation, PM pulls rug [08.02.2015] The Portuguese justice minister, Paula Teixeira da Cruz, said she agreed with decriminalizing the use of soft drugs, in an interview to TSF radio, so...
Reform der Cannabispolitik in Europa [27.12.2014] Während die Reform der Cannabispolitik in Amerika Fahrt aufnimmt, scheint Europa hinterherzuhinken. Genauer gesagt, die europäischen Staaten auf nati...
Prohibition is not working: the case for sanity in the war on drugs [29.10.2014] The House of Commons will today debate whether to rethink the war on drugs. While it is only a backbench business debate, and is therefore not bindin...
The difference between legalisation and decriminalisation [17.06.2014] The war on cannabis seems to be slowly burning out. On June 12th Jamaica announced that it plans to decriminalise possession of small amounts of the ...
"Just say no" is not an "alternative approach" to the drug problem [30.05.2014] Dr Hans-Christian Raabe, who was removed from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs after one month, this week wrote two rather provocative art...
Marijuana on the move [26.01.2014] Some 20 years ago, a Spanish official in favor of lifting the ban on drugs such as marijuana mentioned at a UN meeting that there "might be a more hu...
'This is working' [26.03.2013] Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin ...
Towards a ceasefire [22.02.2013] Partial reforms have their limits. Most drug crime is not cannabis-related. Moving from punishment to harm reduction may help drug users, but it leav...
Major victory for President Morales: UN accepts “coca leaf chewing” in Bolivia [14.01.2013] Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the trea...
Towards a Safer Drug Policy [14.01.2013] For forty years the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 has formed the corner stone of drug policy in Britain. The emergence of new psychoactive substances (‘le...
Bolivia wins a rightful victory on the coca leaf [11.01.2013] Today the Plurinational State of Bolivia can celebrate a rightful victory, as the country can become formally a party again to the 1961 Single Conven...
David Cameron urged to take 'now or never' step on drugs reform [09.12.2012] David Cameron should urgently set up a royal commission to consider all the alternatives to Britain's failing drug laws, including decriminalisation ...
Portuguese drug policy shows that decriminalisation can work [09.12.2012] The Home Affairs Select Committee in the United Kingdom report on drug policy draws on lessons from Portugal’s decriminalisation of drug possession a...
Portugal: Ten years after decriminalization [26.11.2012] In 2001, a small European country, Portugal, took a brave step, changing its drug policies and refocussing its efforts away from arresting and crimin...
Latin America looks to Europe for drug fighting models [17.11.2012] Latin American countries are turning to Europe for lessons on fighting drugs after souring on the prohibition-style approach of the violent and costl...
Prevalence of daily cannabis use in the European Union and Norway [14.11.2012] This report brings together, for the first time in Europe, an integrated overview of the prevalence of intensive cannabis use, defined as daily or al...
Portugal progresses toward integrated cannabis regulation [25.10.2012] In recent years there has been much talk of the so-called “Portuguese model,” based on an initiative that led to the use of illicit drugs being decri...
Drug use is an issue for society, not the criminal justice system [10.09.2012] There is no reliable evidence that tougher criminal sanctions deter drug use or offending. On the contrary, criminalisation worsens the health and we...
Once a model, crisis imperils Portugal's drug programme [13.08.2012] Portugal's famously liberal drug policy has been held up as a model for other countries - Norway is considering adopting parts of it and countries as...
“In Portugal, We Fight the Illness, Not the People Who Suffer from It” [30.07.2012] Portugal’s anti-drug policies have been gaining international visibility since this country's 2001 decision to eliminate all criminal penalties for p...
U.S. says drug abuse needs treatment, not just jail [23.05.2012] The United States sees drug abuse as a public health problem as much as a crime issue and is seeking to learn from countries in Europe and elsewhere ...
A resounding success or a disastrous failure [05.01.2012] Two observers and scholars of the 2001 Portuguese drug policy reform consider divergent accounts of the reform which viewed it as a ‘resounding succe...
Portugal and the drug war [23.11.2011] Portuguese drug policy and the drug treatment system are not without challenges and problems. No system is perfect and operates within a constantly c...
Minister considers Portuguese drugs strategy [04.11.2011] Junior Health Minister Roisin Shortall, who is in charge of Ireland’s drugs strategy, said she had an "open mind" in relation to Portugal’s model. Sh...
Drug Policy in Portugal [31.08.2011] ? In 2000, the Portuguese government responded to widespread public concern over drugs by rejecting a "war on drugs" approach and instead decriminali...
Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say [01.07.2011] Health experts in Portugal say that Portugal's decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an expe...
Dug Policy Profile Portugal [23.06.2011] This profile describes the national drug policy of Portugal, a policy that has attracted significant attention recently in the media and in policy de...
Obama: Drugs Should Be Treated as "Public Health Problem" [28.01.2011] In an online town hall session yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama suggested that, while he is not in favor of drug legalization, he does believe ...
Drug experiment [16.01.2011] Faced with both a public health crisis and a public relations disaster, Portugal’s elected officials took a bold step. They decided to decriminalize ...
Portugal's drug policy pays off; US eyes lessons [26.12.2010] The United States, which has waged a 40-year, $1 trillion war on drugs, is looking for answers in tiny Portugal, which is reaping the benefits of wha...
What Can We Learn From The Portuguese Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs? [30.11.2010] The issue of decriminalizing illicit drugs is hotly debated, but is rarely subject to evidence-based analysis. This paper examines the case of Portug...
Portugal's Drug Experience: New Study Confirms Decriminalization Was a Success [23.11.2010] From the perspective of drug warriors, the criminal laws against drug possession are all that protect Americans from a deluge of drugs, an orgy of ma...
Portuguese priorities [11.10.2010] In July 2001, the Portuguese government introduced Law 30, setting in train a radical new approach to illicit drug use. In practice, it decriminalise...
What Britain could learn from Portugal's drugs policy [05.09.2010] In the midst of the recently resurgent debate in Britain about whether our drug laws are working – or require a major overhaul – the experience of Po...
Ten years of decriminalization in Portugal [29.07.2010] Ten years ago, in July 2001, Portugal decriminalized the use and possession of all illicit drugs including cocaine and heroin. Under the new legal fr...
At 10, Portugal's Drug Law Draws New Scrutiny [20.07.2010] Portugal's move to decriminalize illicit substances—Europe's most liberal drug legislation—turns 10 years old this month amid new scrutiny and plaudi...
Marijuana Legalization [30.06.2010] A number of other countries have implemented changes in law that significantly reduce the extent of criminalization of marijuana use. Only in Austral...
Drug Policy Reform in Practice [01.07.2009] The academic journal Nueva Sociedad recently released an issue to promote the debate in Latin America on drug policy reform. TNI contributed with the...
5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results [07.04.2009] In the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle o...
Drug Decriminalization in Portugal [01.04.2009] On July 1, 2001, a nationwide law in Portugal took effect that decriminalized all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Under the new legal framework,...
Decriminalization of Drug Use in Portugal [01.07.2002] Drug use is an increasing problem in Portugal. In response, following the advice of a select committee, the Portuguese government has recently issued...

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