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To: Minister of Justice

Decriminilise Drug use

Decriminilise Drug use

Why is this important?

Portugal’s decriminalization process is over a decade old, there are several long-term benefits that have been recognized, including the following:

Substance abuse and addiction rates have been cut in half since decriminalization
Addiction treatment and rehabilitation is less expensive than incarceration
Individuals with substance abuse problems are much more likely to find recovery in rehab than in jail
People completing treatment can become productive members of society much more easily than convicted felons
Violence related to drug trafficking is greatly reduced
Courts are freed up for other important work
The rebellious, countercultural essence of drug use is changed when society sees it as a disease and not a crime


2019-01-14 00:43:32 +0000

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