What Can We Learn From The Portuguese Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs

  title={What Can We Learn From The Portuguese Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs},
  author={Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes and Alex Stevens},
  journal={British Journal of Criminology},
The issue of decriminalizing illicit drugs is hotly debated, but is rarely subject to evidence-based analysis. This paper examines the case of Portugal, a nation that decriminalized the use and possession of all illicit drugs on 1 July 2001. Drawing upon independent evaluations and interviews conducted with 13 key stakeholders in 2007 and 2009, it critically analyses the criminal justice and health impacts against trends from neighbouring Spain and Italy. It concludes that contrary to… 

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