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Want to Decrease Illegal Drug Use? Decriminilize It!

April 26th, 2009

Five years ago Portugal decriminalized all illegal drugs when it comes to personal use. This doesn’t make it legal, but rather this makes the personal use of illegal drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Many U.S. states have similar laws concerning the use of marijuana, Ohio would be an example, but none have decriminalized illegal drugs to the extent of Portugal. Portugal’s decriminalization includes such items as: marijuana, heroine, cocaine, methamphetamine and others. Here we are five years later and the libertarian minded think-tank The Cato Institute has released a report detailing the fallout from this law change - and why the results aren’t what many would have expected.

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Author: T.J. Seabrooks Categories: General Politics Tags: ,