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Decriminalize All Drugs, Including Lab-Made Synthetic Drugs? – Portugal Revolutionizes the War on Drugs

July 30, 2023 · Cannabis.net

In his childhood near Lisbon's Casal Ventoso neighborhood, photographer Gonçalo Fonseca witnessed the rampant drug trade, with 5,000 addicts wandering the streets during the 1990s. Portugal faced a heroin addiction crisis, with 1% of the population hooked, and HIV infections were soaring. The government's response involved harsh policies and a focus on criminalization, similar to the U.S. approach, but it proved ineffective. As Casal Ventoso faced demolition in 2001, Américo Nave from the outreach NGO Crescer worked with the afflicted,… Read more.