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First Posted: 06-24-09 09:06 AM | Updated: 06-24-09 12:31 PM

In an about face, the United Nations on Wednesday lavishly praised drug decriminalization in its annual report on the state of global drug policy. In previous years, the UN drug czar had expressed skepticism about Portugal's decriminalization, which removed criminal penalties in 2001 for personal drug possession and emphasized treatment over incarceration. The UN had suggested the policy was in violation of international drug treaties and would encourage "drug tourism."

But in its 2009 World Drug Report, the UN had little but kind words for Portugal's radical (by U.S. standards) approach. "These conditions keep drugs out of the hands of those who would avoid them under a system of full prohibition, while encouraging treatment, rather than incarceration, for users. Among those who would not welcome a summons from a police officer are tourists, and, as a result, Portugal's policy has reportedly not led to an increase in drug tourism," reads the report. "It also appears that a number of drug-related problems have decreased."

In its upbeat appraisal of Portugal's policy, the UN finds itself in agreement with Salon's Glenn Greenwald.

The report, released at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., also puts to rest concerns that decriminalization doesn't comply with international treaties, which prevent countries from legalizing drugs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/24/un-backs-drug-decriminali_n_220013.html


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Why is it that a government either has to increase the penalty of drug use (the natural effects of a drug + incarceration) or ease the penalty of using drugs (natural effects of drug - cost of rehabilitation).

Whatever happened to... you smoke it and you face the consequences? This isn't a difficult concept.


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Not a difficult concept, but what gives someone the right to tell somebody else what they can and cannot smoke? That's right, "morals", and that is just "the way things should be". There is no substance in prohibiting natural substances. If it grows, some people will find it and use it in some way, that is natural, and if it doesn't kill you and you like it's effects, you can continue using it. What about this concept... must have died when personal freedom died for the greater good of the masses working too many hours to fight their own decisions they never made.


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I think in the USA it realy is not about the drug and it's affect on people. I believe it is more to do with the industries that some of these drugs would put a hurting on,especially weed. Timber,pharmaceutical,synthetic material used to make clothing would all take a major hit and loose tons of money. Anything that can take away major cash flows to these companies is illegal. Weed is like a cure all pain reliever with no side affects. That is the ultimate pain killer. And who knows what other healing ability these drugs have that are not known to the public and kept hush?



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