Which European country has the most liberal drug laws? Would it work in the US?

...(and what were to happen if the US were to follow their lead? Think it would help with the national debt?)

Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze–filled "coffee shops," Holland has never actually legalized cannabis — the Dutch simply don't enforce their laws against the shops. The correct answer is Portugal, which in 2001 became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

At the recommendation of a national commission charged with addressing Portugal's drug problem, jail time was replaced with the offer of therapy. The argument was that the fear of prison drives addicts underground and that incarceration is more expensive than treatment — so why not give drug addicts health services instead? Under Portugal's new regime, people found guilty of possessing small amounts of drugs are sent to a panel consisting of a psychologist, social worker and legal adviser for appropriate treatment (which may be refused without criminal punishment), instead of jail.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    Holland. Just about everything there is legal and they have the lowest drug crime rate in the world. People walk around smoking joints, aren't bothering anyone and it's no big deal. When something is made such a big deal by the government, it only entices people more. When it's no big deal by the government, it becomes less enticing. but Americans, being as ignorant as they are, can't understand that concept.

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  • 10 years ago

    The Neitherlands

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands is world renown for their liberal drug laws. BUT they are beginning to crack down on them a bit because of the crime that has increased in Amsterdam

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