Uses and Abuses of Drug Decriminalization in Portugal

  title={Uses and Abuses of Drug Decriminalization in Portugal},
  author={Hannah S. Laqueur},
  journal={Law \&\#x0026; Social Inquiry},
  pages={746 - 781}
  • H. Laqueur
  • Published 1 June 2015
  • Sociology
  • Law & Social Inquiry
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized the acquisition, possession, and use of small quantities of all psychoactive drugs. The significance of this legislation has been misunderstood. Decriminalization did not trigger dramatic changes in drug‐related behavior because, as an analysis of Portugal's predecriminalization laws and practices reveals, the reforms were more modest than suggested by the media attention they received. Portugal illustrates the shortcomings of before‐and‐after analysis because… Expand
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