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Ending The War On Citizens: How It Played Out In Portugal

February 28, 2012
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Ending The War On Citizens: How It Played Out In Portugal
Stossel blogs about the results of decriminalization of drugs 10 years ago in Portugal:

People predicted the country would spiral into chaos. So did that happen?
No.

Independent studies found that, after the drug law passed, the number of Portuguese who regularly do drugs stayed about the same. Problematic and youth drug use went down.

We spoke to a chief police inspector in Lisbon who was very dubious about decriminalization. But now he’s a convert. He told us, “the level of conflicts on the street are reduced”…”drug related robberies are reduced”…and “now police are not the enemies of the consumers”.

Adults in a free society should be able to ingest anything they want to, as long as they don’t injure somebody else.

via @DrEades

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