Although, in Portugal they only decriminalized personal possession. Distribution is still illegal. (That said, when I was in Lisbon this summer I was offered more drugs for purchase than the rest of my life combined, which in includes lots of music festivals and the like.) But I still think its a great example. If you actually care about decreasing drug use and drug related deaths, our current system is not working. You want to encourage people to seek treatment, you want people to be unafraid to call for help when their friend ODs? Look to Portugal.
Originally Posted by Graycat
I do tend to agree with some of the posters who thing the "War on Drugs" has a distinct racial/class element.
To quote Chris rock:
"God forbid some brown people got wealthy... We can't have that! Because drugs come from brown countries. We can't have no wealthy brown people! "
"And here's something man drugs are illegal but ATM machines are open twenty four hours a day. Twenty four hours a day. For who? Who the fuck is it open for? Have you ever taken out three hundred dollars at four o'clock in the morning for something positive. Shit when you press that machine at four o'clock in the morning I think a psychiatrist should pop up on the screen an go "c'mon man, save your money man. Don't buy drugs buy some rims."
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