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  • Belief Listing Project: Drug Decriminalization

    July 25th, 2011
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    The war on drugs has been a failure. Drug use is still common, we've put huge numbers of people (disproportionately black men) in prison, tied up our courts with minor offenses, and made drug production and distribution highly profitable. We should try something else.

    In 2001 portugal decriminalized all drugs. Since then, not only have various drug related death rates (overdoses, aids from needle sharing) halved, but the decriminalization law has become even more popular among people there as they've had time to experience its effects (details here).

    Massachusetts decriminalized marijuana use in 2008. It seems to be going well. The united states should follow portugal's example, decriminalize, and end the war on drugs.

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