Portugal’s Successful Decriminalization

Drug warriors often contend that drug use would skyrocket if we were to legalize or decriminalize drugs in the United States. Fortunately, we have a real-world example of the actual effects of ending the violent, expensive War on Drugs and replacing it with a system of treatment for problem users and addicts.

Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half:…


It might be asked why the U.S. doesn’t eliminate prohibition (again).  If that were done, think of all the revenue that would be lost by the prison industry.  Think of the loss of leverage that the PTB would lose in threatening non-violent offenders with extensive time in the American gulag.  Think of all the profits that would be lost in the drug trade.  Cui bono?

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