Once an Outlier, Portugal’s Progressive Drug Policy Is Now a Model

A drug user who identified himself as "Joao" exchanges used needles for new ones, Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 10, 2010 (AP photo by Armando Franca).
A drug user who identified himself as "Joao" exchanges used needles for new ones, Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 10, 2010 (AP photo by Armando Franca).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series about national drug policies in various countries around the world. On Feb. 17, Portugal’s main opposition party, the Social Democratic Party, formally endorsed the legalization and regulation of cannabis at its national conference. Although Portugal decriminalized the use and personal possession of all drugs in 2001, from cannabis to heroin, the government has not legalized any illicit drugs. The Social Democratic Party’s endorsement is a step toward changing that. If translated into law, it would make Portugal the first country in Europe to legalize and regulate cannabis. In an email […]

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