|Portugal Legalises Drug Use|
Posted by FoM on July 07, 2000 at 17:35:40 PT|
Rolling back the drugs laws
Source: BBC Europe
The Portuguese Government has voted to decriminalise the consumption of illegal drugs such as cannabis and heroin.
Drug users will now be treated as sick people in need of medical help. Previously, drug users and those caught in possession of small amounts of banned drugs for personal use faced up to a year's imprisonment. The sale and trafficking of illegal drugs remain crimes.
The idea is to get away from punishment towards treatment says Carlos Borges.
Under the new law police will report drug takers to special local authority commissions which will ensure addicts seek treatment.
The ruling Socialist Party, which is one seat short of an outright parliamentary majority, was backed in the vote by the Communist Party and other left-of-centre parties.
The main conservative opposition party, the Social Democrats, had urged the government to call a referendum on the proposed new law.
Prime Minister Antonio Guterres rejected the referendum idea on the grounds that the change being put forward was not sufficiently sweeping to merit a national vote.
A significant proportion of prisoners in Portugal's jails are there for drug-related offences, but the number of people sentenced simply for possession or consumption is very low.
"It would not be more than a couple of dozen," said one government official.
Portugal becomes the third member of the European Union, after Spain and Italy, to decriminalise the consumption and possession of small quantities of drugs.
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|Comment #7 posted by eco on July 11, 2000 at 01:18:24 PT|
Greens worldwide oppose the drug war, and get results. Socialists are not going to happen here in the USA. Voting Green will force many issues to the front burner.
*Greens and the Drug War. Worldwide. Green Party candidates, positions, platforms, etc.. Concerning the Drug War, cannabis, marijuana, etc..
|Comment #6 posted by Kanabys on July 10, 2000 at 08:21:02 PT|
Comment #5 posted by CongressmanSuet on July 08, 2000 at 11:16:21 PT:|
Comment #4 posted by kaptinemo on July 08, 2000 at 10:25:49 PT:|
All three of those countries have paid the terrible price that comes with flirting with fascism. All three are close to nations (like Morocco) where the illicit drug traffic is a very large part of their local economies. And, finally, all three nations mentioned, despite the enormous gains they've made economically since the bad old colonial days, are still rather poor. They simply cannot *afford* a US style DrugWar replete with helicopters and heavily armed goon squads.
Nor would they tolerate it, having had that kind of thing happen before, remember?
The further you are away from Washington DC, the more rational the drug policies seem to get. Which leads one to think that the madness that is underpinning the DrugWar and seemingly infecting its' proponents is a contagious disease.
|Comment #3 posted by dddd on July 08, 2000 at 06:14:55 PT|
|Comment #2 posted by Dr. Ganj on July 07, 2000 at 20:10:30 PT|
|Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on July 07, 2000 at 18:08:08 PT|