Following the success of Portugal, Norway is in the process of eliminating laws against using drugs. It has decided filling its courts with nonsense is not in Norway’s best interests.
When I write about legalizing drugs in the U.S., people tell me it will lead to drug-crazy people stumbling around everywhere. That is what they have been taught. It is not reality.
Some local jurisdictions in the U.S. have simply stopped arresting people for drug use or possession. When someone is found to be using a drug like say, heroine, he is referred to a professional for evaluation. Professionals do not, in every case, determine that a person taking some heroine periodically needs to stop completely.
For some people using small amounts one a week helps them deal with their lives and does no harm. The old mantra of “being clean” is not always in the best interests of the patient or society.
When people who use drugs are put in the care of professionals they learn to use the drug more carefully. Deaths from overdose fall almost immediately.
Going further down this path makes things even better. When drugs are made available through legal channels lives are saved on two fronts. First, people who use drugs get know quality and dosage. They are less likely to die from overdoses. Second, law enforcement personnel are not killed trying to arrest illegal drug dealers because the drugs now come through legal channels.
Decriminalizing is a win-win.