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In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime
From Marijuana To Mushrooms, Voters Want Drug Laws Eased
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Marijuana policy should be guided by evidence, not the ballot
This article from the American Medical Association argues that marijuana legalization shouldn’t be determined by voters, but by rigorous drug testing and medical evidence. They argue for more clinical trials to test the effectiveness of the drug in treating various conditions.
The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | TED
Mark Tyndall takes a deep-dive into what a public health approach to drug addiction would look like, as opposed to the existing criminal justice-based approach we have in the U.S.
Drug Decriminalization | Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance supports drug regulations “grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.” This page outlines what drug decriminalization is, the potential benefits, and what its effects on crime might be.
House Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana; Bill To Stall In Senate
After the House of Representatives approved decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level in December 2020, this article looks at how lawmakers in Congress were approaching the issue of drug decriminalization.
How Portugal Ended Its War on Drugs
This Bloomberg Quicktake takes a look at the history of illegal narcotics in Portugal, and how the country managed to turn around a deadly drug epidemic.
Could Oregon's decision to decriminalize hard drugs provide a model for the country?
The west coast state has been on the leading edge of drug reform, but can Oregon's policies be a guide for the rest of the United States?
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