Portugal – The highs and lows of decriminalisation

Ever fancied visiting Portugal as a tourist? Maybe you heard they have relaxed drug laws there? This is true but it is also misleading.   Portugal, as many following drug policy change around the world will know decriminalised all personal drug use over 15 years ago. It was a much needed social experiment and has opened up the doors to wider progress and conversation. They treat drug use as a health problem not a criminal one. I wanted to see it for myself. They have a punish the crime not the…

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North East Police Crime Commissioner Decriminalising Cannabis Users To Focus On Gangs

Ronald Hogg PCC, has today been reported to be re-prioritising the structure of cannabis policing in the North East in areas such as Durham, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. “Cannabis use is still illegal and smoking it is still a crime, but if you are caught, you will get this opportunity to stop re offending. ‘By and large we are saying it is not the top of our list to go out and try to pick up people smoking joints on street corners but if it’s blatant or we get complaints, officers will…

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