Portugal: What pot legalization looks like

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April 20, 2011
The Huffington Post
by Trish Regan  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"A study commissioned by the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute in 2006 found that in the first five years since the country decriminalized drugs, usage rates among teens in Portugal actually declined. In addition, the rates of new HIV infections caused by the sharing of dirty needles plunged. Although overall usage rates among the rest of the population increased, they did so only slightly. As a result, the study's author, Glenn Greenwald, concluded that the country's decriminalization policy 'has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does.'" (04/20/11)


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