According to The Globe and Mail, the federal New Democratic party (NDP) passed a resolution to decriminalize all drugs, replacing punitive measures with prevention, education and treatment. Decriminalization is not the same as legalization, and Canada will be only legalising cannabis in July of 2018.
Portugal decriminalized the purchase, possession and consumption of all psychoactive drugs for personal use in 2001. Those found using must appear before a local Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction, which then considers individual circumstances and can impose a non-criminal sanction such as a referral to treatment or a monetary fine.
Three population surveys since 2001 suggest drug use increased slightly, but then fell to rates lower than before the legislation was enacted. Drug deaths plummeted; a 2016 report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction found that fatal overdoses fell to levels among the lowest in the European Union, as did new cases of HIV and AIDS among drug users.
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