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11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....

 
ssdif
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10/12/2012 12:53 AM
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11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
...been extremely successful cutting the number of serious addicts by HALF !

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10/12/2012 12:57 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
Freedom makes more responsible people.

Who would have thunk it.


Way to go Portugal, meanwhile in the land of the slave ( USA) we have cops shooting innocents and half the people in prison are in there for a crime that hurt no one.

Oh, and a huge drug problem still
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10/12/2012 01:02 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
People need to be given freedom. The type where they can do whatever they like. Drugs are ok, but I ain't going to make it a fulltime hobby. Only an idiot would do that. Maybe we could get rid of a few more idiots by legalising drugs. Ha! Maybe Portugal got rid of half their idiots hence the drop in idiot numbers! Good thinking Portugal.
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10/12/2012 01:10 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
Freedom makes more responsible people.

Who would have thunk it.


Way to go Portugal, meanwhile in the land of the slave ( USA) we have cops shooting innocents and half the people in prison are in there for a crime that hurt no one.

Oh, and a huge drug problem still
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25028055


Chaos = profit and job security. Isn't freedom grand? There is no such thing as a moral government, only a evil that needs to be chained.
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10/12/2012 01:12 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
You'll never have it here in the US until big pharma is out of the picture, there's way too much money to be made.
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10/12/2012 03:31 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
now make books illegal
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10/12/2012 05:09 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
Freedom makes more responsible people.

Who would have thunk it.


Way to go Portugal, meanwhile in the land of the slave ( USA) we have cops shooting innocents and half the people in prison are in there for a crime that hurt no one.

Oh, and a huge drug problem still
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clappa
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
btw we are on the way to legalize mjuana. drink one of your watered beers, or watered coffes and relax. or come and invest in portugal, amerikanskies. we are in need of serious enterprise and consolidation, bring your mullah, and buy a house on sintra.
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
You'll never have it here in the US until big pharma is out of the picture, there's way too much money to be made.
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^this^

wish it weren't true, but it is. As long as there's money to be made....pharm companies will keep on selling
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
Of course the number diminished.

Half of them died.
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10/12/2012 05:22 AM
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clappa
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
Of course the number diminished.

Half of them died.
 Quoting: Démodé


Numbers and logic aren't really your thing are they... Now go run away & play the adults are having a chat.
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10/12/2012 05:33 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
The reason drugs are illegal is because our governments are the dealers at the top this is how they fund black projects.
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10/12/2012 05:41 AM
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Individuals found in possession of small quantities of drugs are issued summons. The drugs are confiscated, and the suspect is interviewed by a “Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction” (Comissões para a Dissuasão da Toxicodependência – CDT). These commissions are made up of three people: A social worker, a psychiatrist, and an attorney.The dissuasion commission have powers comparable to an arbitration committee, but restricted to cases involving drug use or possession of small amounts of drugs. There is one CDT in each of Portugal’s 18 districts.

The committees have a broad range of sanctions available to them when ruling on the drug use offence. These include:

Fines, ranging from 25 to 150 EURO. These figures are based on the Portuguese minimum wage of about 330 EURO (Banco de Portugal, 2001) and translate into hours of work lost.
Suspension of the right to practice if the user has a licensed profession (e.g. medical doctor, taxi driver) and may endanger another person or someone's possessions.
Ban on visiting certain places (e.g. specific discothèques)
Ban on associating with specific other persons.
Interdiction to travel abroad.
Requirement to report periodically to the committee.
Withdrawal of the right to carry a gun.
Confiscation of personal possessions.
Cessation of subsidies or allowances that a person receives from a public agency.
thinkin mans man
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10/12/2012 06:08 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
Of course the number diminished.

Half of them died.
 Quoting: Démodé


What a shame. And to think they could have spent their final years in lock-up.
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10/12/2012 06:38 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
You'll never have it here in the US until big pharma is out of the picture, there's way too much money to be made.
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It's not just about big pharma.

1. The WAR On Drugs justifies the militarization of local and state police forces. This feeds back into the military industrial complex by constantly increasing the market for military R & D.

2. The WAR on drugs justifies the prison industrial complex which feeds into cheap prison labour and the "guaranteed capacities" of prisons that are operated by private entities.

3. Like someone else has stated, some government agencies are funded by supplying drugs to the American people and people all over the world. The government and media have an invested interest in allowing the promotion of drugs (entertainment industry)....but also discouraging drugs with punitive measures.

The relationship between the government and drugs is akin to a BEAST nourishing itself.

The prohibition of drugs causes the increase in the size and embellishment of the government.
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10/12/2012 07:24 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
You'll never have it here in the US until big pharma is out of the picture, there's way too much money to be made.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25409881


It's not just about big pharma.

1. The WAR On Drugs justifies the militarization of local and state police forces. This feeds back into the military industrial complex by constantly increasing the market for military R & D.

2. The WAR on drugs justifies the prison industrial complex which feeds into cheap prison labour and the "guaranteed capacities" of prisons that are operated by private entities.

3. Like someone else has stated, some government agencies are funded by supplying drugs to the American people and people all over the world. The government and media have an invested interest in allowing the promotion of drugs (entertainment industry)....but also discouraging drugs with punitive measures.

The relationship between the government and drugs is akin to a BEAST nourishing itself.

The prohibition of drugs causes the increase in the size and embellishment of the government.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19271799


Don't forget property forfeiture. Piggies love their free bling!
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10/12/2012 07:59 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
The reason drugs are illegal is because our governments are the dealers at the top this is how they fund black projects.
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ding!, ding!, ding1 - we have a winner!
éntropy

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10/12/2012 08:19 AM
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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
My thing I always say is "do us all a favor and light another one up." :)

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Re: 11 years after decriminalizing all drugs, portugal has.....
...been extremely successful cutting the number of serious addicts by HALF !

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 Quoting: ssdif 751582


Great Working Idea!

Maybe if things were legalized people wouldn't be interested in participating as it no longer had any risk. I think this is especially true for youg people starting out as they do things just to be non-conformists and enjoy breaking rules.