Thursday, August 20, 2015

Winning By Losing

“The War on Drugs is Over, and We Lost,” Meet the Police Chief Who’s Starting a Revolution | The Free Thought Project:

...The idea of treating an addict with compasion instead of violence is a revolutionary notion in this country. However, in other countries, such as Portugal, its effects have been realized for more than a decade. In 2001, the Portugeuse government decriminalized all drugs.

14 years later, drug use, crime, and overdoses have drastically declined in Portugal exposing the horrid reality of prohibition.

News of Campanello’s initiative is spreading, and three other cities in Massachusetts will soon launch similar programs, as well as two cities in Illinois. While Campanello’s initiative not perfect, it is radically different than anything we’ve seen thus far. It will undoubtedly lead to decriminilization being pushed into the mainstream...

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