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April 27, 2009

Cato Report: Portugal’s Seven Year Experiment with Drug Decriminalization “a Resounding Success”

by Stephen Littau

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In July of 2001, Portugal tried something which would horrify policy makers the world over: the decriminalization of all drugs. As a result, Portugal turned into a country overrun with drugs, stoners, drug tourists, and criminals…right?

Not according to a report by Cato’s Glenn Greenwald entitled Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies. Greenwald concludes:

“The data show that, judged by virtually every metric, the Portuguese decriminalization framework has been a resounding success. Within this success lie self-evident lessons that should guide drug policy debates around the world.”

While this result may shock most people, this comes as no surprise to Libertarians. The question is, will the rest of the world learn from Portugal’s experiment with drug decriminalization?

More Information on this report:

Click here to view the Cato policy forum event related to this report.

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  • http://qwertyaltofuori.blogspot.com Red

    Duh. Take the mystery and illegitimacy out of it and you have rational people taking the crime and violence out of their societies. Hell, even make a cash crop out of the by-products ala hemp.

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