May 14, 2009

Decriminalization Data

Decriminalizing hard drugs -- not legalizing them but simply declining to prosecute users and retail-level sellers -- has produced a decline in the amount of drug use and a fantastic easing of financial, ethical, and legal pressures on the Portuguese criminal justice system.

You can't plot a curve from one point but the example is very instructive. We need to have a serious policy discussion in this country about decriminalization of drugs.

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