Legal Fix – Portugal


Legal Fix – Portugal – Portugal’s maverick drug laws a credible global model? To see more go to Follow us on Facebook ( or Twitter ( After suffering the highest instance of drug-related deaths in all Europe, Portugal took a brave decision and decriminalised all drugs. Ten years on, is it a success story for other nations to follow? On the streets of Lisbon drug users light up wherever they want. One police officer tells us the girl across the street is smoking crack. He complains, but few share his sentiment. “Considering drug users as criminals just because they are using drugs is not a very realistic approach”, a Portuguese drug addiction officer argues. He has just had an interview with a sixteen-year-old boy caught smoking hashish. No punishment was handed out, just advice. In Portugal it’s now seen as a health problem, rather than a criminal one. Brendan Hughes of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs says it is very difficult to analyse the success of the law. He points to one very interesting fact: “In 10 years of governments in Portugal, where they have changed from left to centre-right to left, back to centre-right, drugs have stayed off the agenda”. Due to the economic crisis, funding for the rehabilitation of drug offenders is going to be very seriously hit. For Dr Goulao, the public face of the law, it comes at the worst possible time. “I believe that more people will turn to drugs and alcohol.” A Film By SBS Distributed By Journeyman Pictures


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16 Responses to Legal Fix – Portugal

  • aranax69 says:

    US is one of the most oppressive countries in the world.? It has been proven by the prohibition in the 1920’s that war on drugs does not work, Ever since they liberalized drug use in Portugal consumption has gone down. To finalize cannabis is FAR LESS dangerous then alcohol, yet alcohol is sold all over the place in most of the world.

  • AtibbsSPARTAN says:

    There is no benefit in charging the casual marijuana user or the heroin addict criminally. The policy does not dissuade either? user from their habit and the police resources wasted are tremendous.

    I am not a drug user but the U.S drug war needs to end!

  • MajorAddiction says:

    lmao. nice? toni braxton

  • ten6disc says:

    Why the hell can’t I live in a country where the people are mostly pragmatic?? I guess being here is better than being born Liberian…


    Get the dealers out of the equations. Let the people go to the pharmacies or the store to get it. Tax it and make money off it. If you habit is so much that you can’t afford it then go to the commission and enter into a more controlled way of getting it much like a methadone clinic but have a heroin clinic or cocaine clinic.
    I see no? difference with alcohol in america. We have alcoholics and people that use it occasionally. if an alcoholic has health problems they go to the hospital.

  • Kchinha says:

    legalize drugs? and protitution= more public health and more money 4 the State

  • Jacob Amdahl says:

    Unbreak? my heart, say you love me again.

  • HawsbillHawk says:

    For the most? part…you americans think everything that you do and say is correct.


    it means the poor qualify for it. so that is good enuf.? not like some other countries that dont care or not able to give its poor community.

  • Stuntman175 says:

    If it’s only for? a certain social echelon, it’s not really free. Over here in Europe it’s free for everyone, unless you check into private hospitals for motives of expediency.


    Health Care is free. its for the? low class and poor. only they qualify for it.

  • Stuntman175 says:

    It’s written Nuno, but with English accent? it becomes Noo No.

  • Stuntman175 says:

    Health care in the US isn’t free, that’s why Obama wanted to reform America’s health system to be the same as Canada and Europe’s medical system. Schools aren’t free? either, foodstamp welfare is paid by millions of taxpayers every year. If you don’t have medical insurance, you’re fucked, if you go to college without a full scholarship, you’ll be paying your debt for a long time.

  • Stuntman175 says:

    Actually studies have been made that prove that the number of heavy drug users such as? heroin addicts has dropped by 50% (from 100.000 to 50.000) in 10 years since the drug laws changed.

  • blackmagnetictape says:

    If America had Portugals drug laws and Norways prison system everything would get? 100 times better.

  • Jacob Amdahl says:

    What part of America do you live in?? Because I live in Minnesota and none of what you said seems right.

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