Tag: portugal

3
Nov

GUEST POST: COULD THE PORTUGUESE DRUG POLICY MODEL WORK HERE?

By Jason Beahm Jason Beahm is the Founder and President of Beahm Law (beahmlaw.com), a California law firm focused on DUI, criminal defense and personal injury. He is a guest panelist at the SSDP Pacific Regional Mini-Conference, November 4, 2017, at the University of California, Berkeley.   I recently visited the city of Lisbon, Portugal, and discovered for myself just

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31
Oct

Prop 47: A Step In The Right Direction

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. Possession of everything from marijuana and psychedelics to heroin and cocaine now results in mandatory drug education, counseling, and rehabilitation, instead of incarceration. Oddly enough, the sky didn’t fall and the world kept spinning. However, the prohibitionists were right about one

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6
Feb

Hoffman's death Shows why War on Drugs Doesn't Work

We have now had a few days to reflect on and gather the facts about the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, which looks to have been caused by a drug overdose involving heroin and prescription drugs. When one truly considers all the facts and possible alternatives, it’s clear that Hoffman’s death actually proves why the War on Drugs is

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22
Feb

Portugal's Innovative Drug Policies Face Austerity Threat

At conferences and forums around the world, the Portugal model of drug policy is lauded by academics, politicians and service providers and highlighted as an example of effective policy-making.  Ten years after decriminalizing personal use and possession of drugs and moving drug policy from being a law enforcement issue to one of public health, the results have been dramatic.  The future of

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3
Sep

New Report on Innovative Drug Policy in Portugal

Thanks to a new report by an allied organization, we have further evidence that a non incarceration-centered approach to drug policy works. Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch who serves as director of the Global Drug Policy Program at Open Society Foundations writes: In the 1990s, opinion polls in Portugal revealed that drugs were seen as the nation’s most pressing social problem. Intense debate in the news media, halls

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