Decriminalization of Drug Use in Portugal: The Development of a Policy

  title={Decriminalization of Drug Use in Portugal: The Development of a Policy},
  author={Mirjam van het Loo and Ineke van Beusekom and James P. Kahan},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={49 - 63}
Drug use is an increasing problem in Portugal. In response, following the advice of a select committee, the Portuguese government has recently issued a number of laws implementing a strong harm-reductionistic orientation. The flagship of these laws is the decriminalization of the use and possession for use of drugs. Use and possession for use are now only administrative offenses; no distinction is made between different types of drugs (hard vs. soft drugs) or whether consumption is private or… 

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