What Happened When Portugal Decriminalized Drugs?


With Medical Marijuana becoming one of the biggest investment crazes and it’s likely increasing popularity over the next five years, it’s important to know what would happen with changes in it’s status as a drug versus just being a plant with medical components.

From their hard line on drugs which eventually led to 1 in every 100 people in Portugal believed to be addicted to heroin in the 1990s to their radical new approach to stopping drugs.  Portugal started decriminalizing drug use on a regulated basis and started focussing on treatments and prevention

From Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kicks off our new “Global Compass” series, examining novel approaches to policy problems.

“Since decriminalization, the Economist reports, drug-induced deaths have fallen by 80 percent, from 80 deaths in 2001 to just 16 in 2012. Meanwhile, the number of heroin addicts fell by half, in absolute terms, over the same period.”

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Leslie Michael Jr. was born and raised on the Westcoast of British Columbia, Canada. He is a lecturer of Money Uncensored, a series of presentations designed for North Americans and people from around the globe to better understand the financial direction this world is headed and what they can do to protect themselves financially.

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