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 Should The USA Follow The Moveof Drug policy of Portugal

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1PostSubject: Should The USA Follow The Moveof Drug policy of Portugal   Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:49 am


The drug policy of Portugal was put in place in 2000, and was legally effective from July 2001. The new law maintained the status of illegality for using or possessing any drug for personal use without authorization. However, the offense was changed from a criminal one, with prison a possible punishment, to an administrative one if the amount possessed was no more than ten days' supply of that substance
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_policy_of_Portugal

Replace Our Sick Narcotics Policies in the USA ?
This certainly makes a case for it..
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/01/replace-sick-narcotics-policies.html
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2PostSubject: Re: Should The USA Follow The Moveof Drug policy of Portugal   Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:31 pm

I read the whole text of both articles, and I'd definitely vote
to replace the present US drug laws with those now on the
books in Portugal, but I still have no idea what should be done
to actually "solve the drug problem".

For much of my life, I bragged, "I've always used lots of
drugs and I've never had any problems" And my opinion then
was that all drug laws should be taken off the books, so the
use and sale of pot, LSD, cocaine, and even heroin would
be regulated by the same laws that apply to consumer
products in general. And I took the libertarian stance that
people who destroyed themselves with drugs deserved
what they got, and that trying to save them against their
will would do more harm than good.

Over the course of time, I gradually stopped using
consciousness-altering drugs entirely, but only because
I learned to do similar things to my mind and body
using yogic practices. And I also became less political,
so I stopped openly advocating reforms of the drug laws.

At the present time, I have strong opinions about how
the criminal justice system should be run, but none of
them are specifically focused on drugs. For example
I have been convinced for quite a number of years
that lie-detection technology has now advanced to
the point where trials involving a judge, jury, and
witnesses are no longer necessary, and that modern
techniques for treating mental health problems should
be substituted for incarceration and most other forms
punishment for people who break the law.



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3PostSubject: Re: Should The USA Follow The Moveof Drug policy of Portugal   Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:37 am


Great ideas that you have, my drugs of choice (and I have had some long runs on most ever one) are disassociative drugs such as PCP, Canebinol, I'd give most anything to have some more of that stuff.
LSD was really cool too back in the day.
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4PostSubject: Re: Should The USA Follow The Moveof Drug policy of Portugal   Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:49 am

BigK wrote:

Great ideas that you have, my drugs of choice (and I have had some long runs on most ever one) are disassociative drugs such as PCP, Canebinol, I'd give most anything to have some more of that stuff.
LSD was really cool too back in the day.

I agree with you, but there's essentially zero chance that the US government is going to
recognize any of the facts I described above in the foreseeable future: the politicians simply
aren't willing to accept that kind of responsibility, nor do the majority of the population feel
they could be trusted with it.
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