Norway Moving to Decriminalize All Drug Use

By Carey Wedler | The Anti-Media

Oslo, Norway — Norway is the latest country to move toward decriminalizing drugs and promoting addiction treatment rather than punishing addicts.

This week, a majority of members of the Norwegian parliament directed the national government to reform its policies. “The majority in the parliament has asked the government to prepare for reform,” a spokesperson for the Storting, the Norwegian legislature, told Newsweek. “It has started a political process,” he said, still cautioning that “it’s just the starting point.” Despite some headlines’ claims that drugs have already been decriminalized, there is no legislation yet.

Nicolas Wilkinson, the SV (Socialist Left) party’s health spokesman in the Storting, said the majority wants to “stop punishing people who struggle, but instead give them help and treatment,” according to VG, a Norwegian publication. He said the switch in policy will lead to an emphasis on treatment and follow-up programs, though lawmakers made it clear that they do not intend to legalize drugs.

It is important to emphasize that we do not legalize cannabis and other drugs, but we decriminalize,” Sveinung Stensland (H) [Conservative Party], deputy chairman of the Storting Health Committee, told VG.”The change will take some time, but that means a changed vision: Those who have a substance abuse problem should be treated as ill, and not as criminals with classical sanctions such as fines and imprisonment.”

Officials in Norway have been considering reforming the country’s prohibition policies for over a decade. . .

via Norway Is Moving to Decriminalize All Drug Use

2 thoughts on “Norway Moving to Decriminalize All Drug Use

  1. Good luck with this happening in the states because where would they get all that free labor if they no longer arrested addicts and instead sent them into treatment? Who would man the customer service phone lines for corporations, make license plates, sew garments, make toys, etc., if not for criminalizing drug addiction in the states? We need bodies in our FOR PROFIT PRISONS, doncha know! It’s great for the corporate bottom line!

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  2. I know you’re being ironic, Shelby, but I can’t tell you how incredibly sad I feel in reading your comment. I really like people and being social (in small doses), but I feel immense despair in watching what the human race is coming to. There is so much work to be done and so few of us to do it.

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